U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM coastal and desert booths a big hit at San Diego Parks and Open Spaces Day
Snakes, tortoises, and button-making attracted hundreds of visitors to the BLM booths at the 3rd Annual San Diego Parks and Open Spaces Day held at Cabrillo National Monument. Sponsored by the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument, located on the tip of San Diego’s Point Loma, the day-long event on Saturday, July 23, 2011, highlighted “parks, natural areas, open spaces and organizations that support the use of these spaces in the San Diego area.” (text continues below)
This year, the BLM had two booths side-by-side -- one for the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) and one for the California Desert District. The two booths had non-stop visitation by many of the more than 3,000 park visitors for the day. While dozens and dozens of kids made CCNM buttons and created CCNM booklets with rubber stamp images related to animals and plants found on and around the CCNM’s rocks and islets, the biggest attraction of the entire event were the reptiles at the California Desert District (CDD) booth.
Barbara Croonquist, California Desert District public contact representative, was busy all day, providing the public with the opportunity to view and handle a king snake, gopher snakes, chuckwalla lizards, and young desert tortoises, while she discussed the BLM and the California Desert District.
Rick Hanks, California Coastal National Monument Manager, spent the day discussing the California Coastal National Monument, the BLM, and career opportunities with a continuous flow of visitors, while he helped kids create their own rubber stamp-decorated CCNM booklets and hand-colored CCNM buttons.
BLM volunteers Michael Croonquist and Ahmicqui Kennedy assisted with both the button making and the handling of the reptiles and kept Barbara and Rick from becoming swamped.
- Rick Hanks, California Coastal National Monument Manager, 7/27/11
|Last updated: 07-29-2011|