Riverside Park hosts Day of Fun
NEW ULM – The River Rangers sponsored the a Free Day of Family Fun at Riverside Park on Saturday. River Ranger member Chad Wengert said the events were planed as a type of Goosetown Reunion, that could become an annual event.
Events included history center tours as well as games like the potato sack and three-legged race. The National Guard obstacle course was set on on the basketball court while an arts & crafts table was setup under the shade trees.
A highlight of the day were the many exotic animal attractions. Melissa Pastika from Reptiles and Amphibians Discovery (RAD) Zoo gave a program which featured several animals. Lucy the boa constrictor was an audience favorite. After the show the children were able to touch the snake. Pastika also brought along a young alligator, but for safety purposes only she handled the reptile.
River Ranger member Rick Lucas brought along his pet sulcata tortoises, Flynt and Geode, to roam around the park. Lucas adopted the tortoises over a decade ago. “They do recognize my voice and they do come if call them,” said Lucas, though he admitted sometimes they ignore him if they are distracted by something else. “They’re kind of like kids that way.”
Dr. Ann Vogel held a special story time, in which she told the tale of two of New Ulm’s legends, Gerti the Goose and Herbie the Hedgehog.
The River Ranger Program goal is to build an understanding and appreciation of nature. The Free Family Fun Day is another way of reaching out to the youth who will ultimately inherit the responsibility of protecting the river valley and the wildlife in it.