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NatureKids Update June 2018 - See June 16 Toad Outing details below Laurie and Mairi letter

Hello NatureKids families,
 
June marks the final Explorer Day for our 2017/2018 schedule and Mairi and I celebrate eight wonderful years with NatureKids. The past three years we have been honoured to act as co-leaders and give back to this club that has given us so much. We have had a blast, felt your deep appreciation, and delighted in sharing nature with your families, and now it is time for us to step down. 
 
We are so pleased that two passionate nature-loving members have stepped up to take over as co-leaders and having met with them, we can tell you they are bursting with energy and fun ideas for our club. You may have met our new co-leaders, Marla Pitcher and Angie Coolans, at one of our Explorer Days, and if you haven't, please join our June Explorer Day which they have organized and will be hosting - it involves toads and canoes!  Please see the details of the Explorer Day below. 
 
Thank you for letting us serve you, and thank you for the happiness you have given us.
 
Best wishes,
Laurie and Mairi
Good day Nature Kids!!
 
My name is Angie, and along with my good friend Marla, we will be taking over co-leadership in the fall. We thought what better time to get to know everyone than the last meeting of the year. 
 
We hope you can join us on June 16, 2018 from 9 to 11 am for a Toad-ally fun adventure at 48750 Ryder Lake Road.
 
You may know about the Ryder Lake Amphibian Protection Project, and if you donít, it is a project run by the Fraser Valley Conservancy since 2008 that works with Ryder Lake landowners to study the migration patterns of local amphibians. On June 16, we have the super toad-ally awesome opportunity to join Grace Overduin and Kendra Morgan, our Host and Nature Mentor, to learn about the Western toad. 
 
Depending on the stage of the toads; we are invited to
  • help put up the fencing that protects the toads during their migration
  • monitor the toads in the toad tunnel
  • review their habitat 
  • canoe on the lake and observe the toads metamorphosing
We ask that you bring 
  • life jacket
  • water
  • adequate clothing and footwear for the weather; such as sunscreen, runners, rain gear.
Please note the lake we will be observing the toads in is not swimmable. 
 
We are incredibly excited to share this experience with you and look forward to June 16. Please RSVP by June 10 so we have opportunity to get enough supplies. If you do not have access to a life jacket, please note that in your RSVP.

Enthusiastically,

Marla and Angie
Angie Coolin & Marla Pitcher, Volunteer leaders
Eastern Fraser Valley NatureKids
The Nature Exploration Club for Families

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