STEM Event Participation
The Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge participated in the second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event at the Marion
Mix Elementary School in Elk Grove on March 9, 2017. The purpose of the evening event was to inform the students and their parents of the importance
of science, technology, engineering and math in their everyday lives, and to encourage students to take an interest in STEM professions. Other participating
groups included the Sacramento State University Biology Department, the Cosumnes River College Technology Club and a materials recycling advocacy organization.
The Friends provided information about the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (only a mile away from the school), including the wildlife that it supports, its importance as part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem, and the threats that the Refuge and wildlife foraging lands face from the loss of surrounding open space due to urban expansion. The Friends also provided information about public access to the Refuge and activities they carry out to increase the community's awareness and use of the Refuge.