Job Corps students assist with ‘Spring into Nature’ at Wildlife Refuge

Photos courtesy of Marissa Aldaco/Iroquois Job Corps: Students and staff of Iroquois Job Corps Center posed during a visit Saturday to Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge during the “Spring into Nature” event Saturday. From left are Danielle Fenley, career transition specialist; Marissa Aldaco, career transition specialist clerk; Sirmyne Jones, SGA secretary; David Murphy, SGA vice president; and Amber Robertson, SGA treasurer.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 11 May 2023 at 3:13 pm

Amber Robertson, center, a member of the Iroquois Job Corps Student Government Association, poses with the bee Joshua Espinal, president of the SGA; and the goose David Murphy, SGA vice president.

MEDINA – Students from the Iroquois Job Corps Center and staff attended the Spring into Nature event Saturday at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

The event featured handmade bird feeders, which were given to the children who completed visits to educational table stations set up for the DEC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and several more agencies and organizations. The people who made the bird feeders did an amazing job, said Jen Barr, senior administrative assistant at Job Corps.

“I took my granddaughter and it was fantastic,” Barr said. “The weather was perfect for a hike on the trails, and everyone I spoke with had a wonderful time.

Iroquois Job Corps students volunteered their time to help at the event, Barr said. The students were Joshua Espinal, David Murphy, Sirmyne Jones, Amber Robertson and Zavier Rivera, accompanied by staff Marissa Aldaco and Danielle Fenley.

The Nature Reserve sponsored the event to welcome spring and educate youth and their families about wildlife and nature. There were nature-related exhibits and activities for families to enjoy, many who posed for pictures with the Job Corps students.

Students Josh Espinal and David Murphy dressed as mascots and made the children laugh as they had a mini dance battle dressed as a goose and a bee.

“Our students made our Center proud,” said Aldaco, clerk at Iroquois Job Corps. “They were wonderful with the children and had a great time themselves.”