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2021 Service-Learning Symposium: The Great Okefenokee Swamp

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The Great Okefenokee Swamp

Authors: Rebecca Smith

Faculty Supervisor: Anelise Farris, Ph.D.

Community Partner: Okefenokee Swamp Park (Nature Center)


My Service-Learning project included me assisting the head of the Nature Center (Michelle) care for the animals and put on educational shows for guests. I learned the feeding and upkeep routine of the animals and was able to be a relief for her as she was the main one caring for the animals at the time of me starting. This experience truly taught me a lot about the responsibility and importance of caring for these animals to the best of your ability. Hearing stories and seeing animals who were once exposed to harmful situations and environments and then seeing them thrive and grow was such an emotional and eye-opening experience. Throughout this project I watched developments and upgrades be made to the Nature Center and got to welcome a new hire who came with enthusiasm and qualifications for the job of caretaking and rehabilitation. Personally, I can’t wait to see the continuation and growth of the Nature Center and swamp itself in the coming years.