If you like bats…and you’re a student…then September is the time to be at the Custer County Library for the first of 10 monthly presentations by a Jewel Cave National Monument ranger.
Jewel Cave spokesperson Riley Hays explains.
“In September we’re going to focus on bats,” comments Hays. “There are 9 species of bats that return to Jewel Cave every year to hibernate. So we would like to discuss them and all the cool things about bats…like echolocation. And kinda discuss white nose syndrome and how we can protect bats for this disease. And get kids to realize that bats are really important to the ecosystem and hopefully they want to protect them just like we do.”
Hays says topics in the lecture series will change each month. But the primary focuses are Jewel Cave, the Black Hills and getting kids outside to experience them both.
“Not only do we need to protect them," observes Hays. "But we need to educate about them…which is the purpose of these programs. Getting them outside to really appreciate them and learn about them is what fosters that appreciation and that knowledge for the future generations.”
Custer County Library Director Doris Ann Mertz says she’s really looking forward to the lecture series
“I think anything that peaks your interest…makes you more curious…will make you want to get out there in nature more to see what else there is sot discover out there," Mertz comments. " We have such awesome…awesome places to go just in our backyard here.”
Topics for future lectures include how caves form, fossils and area wildlife.
The Jewel Cave National Monument After-School Library program takes place at the Custer County Library and the Weston County Library in Newcastle, Wyoming from September through April 2017.
The Jewel Cave National Monument after-school lecture series starts Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in the Weston County Library in Newcastle, Wyoming and will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:15 p.m. The lecture series will begin at the Custer County Library on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. After-school library programs will be available through April 2017 in both communities.
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