Doing It By Myself

So I know my dad has posted a pretty recent entry on me doing the saguaro cactus. I have had fun doing several cacti and desert plants since then, including the creosote and prickly pear.

Mark and Lynn gave me a proposal. They suggested that I do the whole program by myself. At first, I was like, “No way! I’d freak out!” But then I got to thinking. And I got to asking other people their opinions. I asked both people in the park, and people back home. Everyone I asked said that I should do it, and that I’d do a great job. So I decided that yes, I’d do it, and yes, I’d probably freak out in the process.

Finally the day arrived. Mark passed me a folder of pictures and said, “Are you sure you want to do this? You could just do the plants, and Lynn and I could do the animals.” I had only done one animal, so they were going to be the hardest. But I told Mark that I was perfectly fine with doing it all by myself, so he told me a couple of tips while I picked out photos.

We had a good sized crowd for the program. For the first animal, the Harris Hawk, I was freaking out. But then, I hit my groove and started rattling off facts and stories. People laughed when I was trying to get them to laugh, and people laughed when I was not trying to get them to laugh. Pretty happy group, we was.

And then I noticed that my mom was attending the program. Pretty sneaky of her to tag along after I had started, giving me no time to tell her “You’re going to make me nervous.” But I was fine with the animals, and did wonderfully with the plants. Everybody told me I did a good job, and all the camphosts told me I did a good job, even five days later.

So if you need a program to be done on cacti….

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird presenting

Storybird with mentors Mark, Lynne and Star

Storybird with mentors Mark, Lynne and Star

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2 Comments Doing It By Myself

  1. Picture of DanaDanaMarch 12, 2013

    That’s great Storybird!  We would love to attend a program taught by a student instead of the typical ranger - how fun for your group!  I bet you did a fabulous job - and it’s such a great experience!  :)

  2. Picture of Marci & TomMarci & TomMarch 12, 2013

    Congrats on tackling your fear, Storybird!  I am sure you did a great job, and from the pictures you don’t look nervous at all!  You should be very proud of yourself!

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