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Endangered Species Day 2013-October 15th and 16th



On October 15th and 16th, the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), in conjunction with Environmental Programs Division (EPD) of the Riverside County Planning Department and the City of Riverside, held its ninth annual outreach program to commemorate the signing of the Endangered Species Act.

Over 200 sixth grade students from the Riverside Unified School District were transported from their schools to Riverside's Sycamore Highlands Park to participate in the activities that supported the theme of "Where Our World and the Natural World Meet." Nearby Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, a Riverside City Park that is used by local residents for recreation, is also designated as a Stephens' Kangaroo rat reserve.

The Wildlife Company of Vista, CA provided an up-close experience with various live animals including a Desert Tortoise a Fennec Fox, a Coatimundi and an American alligator.

Students had the opportunity to participate in interactive educational sessions and take a hike on the trail that extends into Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park.

The experience was intended to augment and expand upon what is taught in the classroom in the hope of instilling in students a better understanding of ecology and the need to care for their world.
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park
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