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A Multi-sensory Walk in Dyke Marsh

Rachel Lequire

FODMers Jessie Strother and Ned Stone helped National Park Service staff lead a multi-sensory nature walk for low-vision and blind people in Dyke Marsh on September 24, 2016.   The group was led by Park Ranger Rachel LeQuire ( photo, by Mary Bielamowicz). As the group of 15 walked along the Haul Road trail, they felt tree bark, snake skins and animal pelts.

  Leaders fielded many questions and helped identify birds, like bluejays, by the birds’ calls.

peltsRanger Mireya Pasa helped participants experience the feel of animal pelts. Photo by Rachel LeQuireThey were excited to get close to a great blue heron and hear its “takeoff.”  “The participants absolutely loved the experience, the interaction and enjoying nature,” Jessie commented.  FODM has urged Park Service officials to continue these walks.