RCCF Awards Funding to Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve

The Roscommon County Community Foundation (RCCF) recently awarded a $974.00 grant to the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve. Funding for this project was provided from the Wade Family Donor Advised Fund.

With this funding, Gahagan purchased hands on items to complete construction of their own “Bear Tracks” trunk. “Bear Tracks” is part of their visiting naturalist program, where Educational Director Kate Gammicchia visits area schools and presents many natural history items concerning bears of the world, including Pelts, skulls, claws, and many great ideas for making the classroom visit fun and educational. Each presentation addresses several science and world geography concepts while the main focus is on three species that inhabit North America: Polar Bear, Brown Bear and Black Bear.

Presentations include stories, a puppet show, demonstrations, as well as lots of hands-on activities. They will be in lengths of 45 to 60 minutes, appropriate to the age of the students, Kindergarten through Fifth grade. The presentation can be presented to a maximum of 60 students per session. The “Bear Tracks” Visiting Naturalist presentation is now open to be booked into the schools from January through April. The goal of the Visiting Naturalist program is to influence positive changes in knowledge, awareness, attitudes, and behavior towards wildlife and in particular, animals.

Inspired? You can support the Wade Family Donor Advised Fund by sending your donation to RCCF at P.O. Box 824, Roscommon, MI 48653 or visiting our website at www.myrccf.org to make a donation online.

Get connected with causes that matter to you! Contact Suzanne E. Luck, Executive Director, for information on how you can give a gift that supports your community.

Pictured L to R: Gahagan Educational Director Kate Gammicchia, RCCF Executive Director Suzanne Luck and Gahagan Board President Tom Dale