Meet endangered species and become a better steward of the red rocks at the Get Outdoor Day event in St. George – St George News

Illustrative image of the Gila monster lizard (Heloderma suspectum) at the American International Rattlesnake Museum, Albuquerque, NM, circa 2007 | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- Nonprofit Conserve Southwest Utah is reviving a local National Outdoors Day celebration this Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. George’s Library.

Get the Outdoor Day Flyer | Image courtesy of Conserve Southwest Utah, St. George News

In a press release issued by the organization, Conserve Southwest Utah invites Washington County residents to beat the heat at the library to meet Threatened and Endangered Species Ambassadors from the Red Cliffs Desert Preserve and the National Conservation Area, including living Mojave Desert turtles and other reptiles. celebrities.

The event includes free, family-friendly activities focused on stewardship of the Red Cliffs. “Certified Tortoise Defender” badges can be earned by pledging to protect endangered Mojave Desert tortoises by maintaining a respectful distance, staying on the trail, keeping dogs on a leash, and packing up litter.

“Our Washington County communities are in love with Red Cliffs and enjoy this protected treasure in their backyards, so we work hard to ensure this incredible place is not loved to death,” said Community Outreach & Partnerships of CSU. Coordinator Sarah Thomas-Clayburn in the press release.

Conserve Southwest Utah is partnering with Red Cliffs Desert Preserve for Get Outdoors Day, and biologist Mike Schijf will be on hand to give wildlife enthusiasts of all ages a special opportunity to talk with a local biologist and pose. questions about creatures.

In this file photo, a family attending the 2016 Get Outdoors Day event poses for a photo with U.S. Forest Service mascot Smokey Bear and BLM mascot Seymour Antelope. The goal of GO Day is to engage families and children in the outdoors through fun activities and games that share messages of stewardship and protection of public lands, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Ivins, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of BLM Arizona Strip District, St. George News

“One of the favorite parts of my job is having the opportunity to speak about Washington County’s unique biodiversity,” Schijf said in the press release. “I think most residents know we live in a really cool place, but I think more familiarity with our local flora and fauna can really improve the overall appreciation of where we live. I believe it also leads to a greater desire to protect the unique species found here.

National Outdoor Day is an annual event organized by the Roundtable on Outdoor Recreation that encourages healthy and active outdoor fun by introducing children and new participants to outdoor recreation opportunities close to home. .

Event details

  • What: national outdoor day
  • When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: St. George Library in Forsyth Community Hall A – 88 W. 100 S., St. George.
  • More information: Email Thomas Clayburn.

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