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A tour of the Pleistocene Pond

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Perhaps you have decided to invest a bit of your time, on call, helping clarify nature and science to field trip students at the Fossil Discovery Center. Of the various stations where the students have been divided into groups of eight to 10, you will guide, explain and enjoy the enthusiasm of your group.

You are smiling back at the youngsters as their eyes search, taking in the information you have for them and focusing on their greatest interests, comments and questions. It’s pleasing and encouraging to discover how much these young minds have already picked up through natural interest, discussions with their parents and friends and appropriate TV and other media.

You feel quite secure because Blake Bufford, center manager, has provided you with the basic information you wish to share with the students (see following paragraphs) and you have shadowed an experienced docent working with students before you take over.

Here’s how it’s done and the information to be related at the center pond, one of the stops for students. The pond represents a natural wetland area that was once common in the San Joaquin Valley. We call it the Pleistocene Pond because it represents what the area may have looked like during the Middle Pleistocene...


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