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Habitat Revival - By Jennie Krob

Posted by Paul Wiemerslage | Dec 09, 2015

When I found out that I was going to have to complete a project as part of the environmental education internship, I thought it was going to be this big, long, report and I honestly didn’t know if I could pick a topic and complete it in four weeks with all of my other responsibilities.  It turned out that the general guidelines for the project were that we (the interns) were to find a part of the program that we could improve or could make easier for future interns.  That sounded like a much more feasible project to accomplish and not just a big report.  So a little while later when we were going over the mammal study that we would be teaching to the 1st graders, Paul pointed out that someone’s intern project could be redoing an old, beat up habitat poster with movable mammal pictures.  This poor poster was on its last leg and while it and the animals were beautifully hand drawn, it needed to be retired.  I like to draw so I thought it would be fun to draw a new poster but when someone mentioned making the poster more of a flannel graph, I thought that was a perfect idea and I knew what my project would be.  I was going to make a habitat poster, complete with movable animals, all out of felt. 

It was really cool starting with just a project idea, then going through all of the preliminary work of sketching, cutting, and gluing, and then completing a finished product that will be very useful in the future.  Working on the poster was actually quite relaxing and it was immensely satisfying to see the finished product after all the work that was put into making it.  I could not have been more pleased with the finished product.