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Rocky Mountain Raptor Program At Early Release Friday

During the school year the Park School District designates the first Friday of the month as an early release day. Students are dismissed three hours early so that teachers and staff can spend the remainder of the day in professional development workshops. The Estes Park Public Library’s Youth Services Department provides quality programs for kindergarten through fifth graders during the early release days. After school enrichment programs have many positive outcomes for youth as they participate in science and storytelling presentations.

Rocky Mountain Raptor program will present the final early release program of the school year on Friday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the public library. Students and adults are invited to attend. This program is made possible from a grant the library received from the Colorado State Library with monies from the Library and Technology Services Act.

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program is a raptor hospital and medical care facility, admitting more than 250 injured and sick raptors each year. Their goal is to give eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons a second chance at freedom.

Raptor “patients” are assessed in the RMRP Critical Care area where they receive fracture repair, wound care, fluids to combat dehydration, nutritious food, and regular medical attention to promote healing.

Raptors that are permanently injured and therefore not releasable may become an Educational Ambassador. These raptors are the cornerstone of the RMRP Environmental Education program, which makes more than 200 presentations each year throughout the region, teaching children and adults about the importance of protecting wildlife and wild places.

The interactive, entertaining and educational program will feature live raptors. Space is limited so sign up early by calling the public library at 586-8116.

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