Volunteers have begun clearing away overgrown greenery and redesigning the garden leading up to the lion observation area at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. Years ago, cane was planted to add a jungle appeal to the display, but over time, the invasive plant took over the other plantings, as well as the miniature pond and stream feature, covering the mural painted by Great Bend elementary students.
Soon, the mural and water feature will be uncovered, and a new display will welcome visitors.
Volunteers are welcome and can help in several areas. There are also unpaid internships available for students and recent graduates. Opportunities to volunteer are also available for groups, such as scouts or civic organizations, and there are several Eagle Scout badge opportunities.
Trail of Lights coming this month
For over 20 years, holidays in Great Bend have been brightened by the Trail of Lights at several locations, including Brit Spaugh Park. Animated "Wild Lights" displays wind through the park. Other displays include the “Twelve Days of Christmas” at Veterans Memorial Park; Christmas Nativity at K-96 and 10th St.; the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in the courthouse square, and the Barton County Historical Village lights display south of town on U.S. 281. They all light up on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Mayor’s Tree will be lit at 4:30 p.m., with a parade at 5 p.m.
Zoo to host wildlife rehabilitation course
The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council will offer a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course this Friday and Saturday at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.
This course is intended for those looking to add to their formal wildlife rehab education. The IWRC is a non-profit organization that offers training and support to professional wildlife rehabilitators — from large non-profit organizations to individual home rehabilitators. Cost is $125 for members and $159 for nonmembers. Register online at www.theiwrc.org.