COOS BAY, Ore. – A $5,000 grant from Plum Creek Foundation will help fund a playground for campers who have been learning about Brady the cougar, Rufus the bobcat and the other animals who call the Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center home,
The center, in Grants Pass, was founded in 1981 to provide for the care and treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
“Wildlife Images has since expanded to provide educational programs on wildlife, conservation, and the environment to schools, organizations and the general public,” says Executive Director Dave Siddon Jr. “At Camp EEK (Education, Environment and Kids), the kids learn about the natural world and human interaction with wildlife. But they need a place to get out some energy every couple of hours so they can focus on learning. This project will create a play area for them.”
The Plum Creek grant will be used install trees around the new play area at Wildlife Images.
Each year more than 1,900 kids from 32 schools in Josephine and Jackson counties visit the center, which offers camp sessions during spring and summer breaks. The center depends on its 80-plus volunteers who donate nearly 1,400 hours each month for the care and treatment of the animals in Wildlife Images’ custody.
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