SPARK Club wildlife program planned

Interested in ways you can help local wildlife in your own yard?

If so, you might want to consider joining Jackson County 4-H and Jennings County 4-H as they learn about wildlife-beneficial landscaping techniques, career opportunities in conservation and opportunities to get involved with Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.

The first session will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, and the second one will be from 1 to 4 p.m. May 7. Both sessions will be at the refuge visitor center off U.S. 50 east of Seymour.

All who attend may take home some milkweed for monarch butterflies. During the second meeting, participants will be able to plant their milkweed on the refuge.

This SPARK Club is open to any Jackson or Jennings County youth in Grades 3 through 12. It is free to current 4-H members who have paid their $20 program fee. Nonmembers are encouraged to attend and may enroll in 4-H for $20. Once enrolled, youth receive all 4-H benefits for 2017.

Registration is required by Feb. 24.

Jackson County residents wanting information or wishing to register may contact Purdue Extension Jackson County at 812-358-6101 or by emailing Heather VonDielingen at schneidh@purdue.edu. Jennings County residents may register with Purdue Extension Jennings County by calling 812-352-3033.