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2019 Service-Learning Symposium: Service-Learning Internship: Education at Tidelands Nature Center

2019 Service-Learning Symposium

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Service-Learning Internship: Education at Tidelands Nature Center

Author: Cole Wilder

Faculty Supervisor: C. Tate Holbrook, Ph.D.


During the summer of 2018, I participated in an internship at 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island. As an intern my focus was to help achieve the goals of Tidelands, which are to educate the public, both local and visiting, on the wildlife of Jekyll Island and their habitats. The other goal is to care for the captive animals on display at the center. I was put in charge of preparing and teaching the summer feeding program, as well as help with any other educational programs during the week. I also regularly answered questions asked by visitors at the center. I prepared food for the animals and helped with any maintenance and cleaning that needed to be done to the exhibits. Interning at Tidelands Nature Center helped me grow my skills in relaying scientific information to a variety of different audiences. It also gave me the insight into the values and importance of teaching itself.