Onslow Co. TACO program creating future park rangers

SWANSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – A dozen Onslow County students are enrolled in a program that may help start them on the path to a career in the wilderness.

It’s called the TACO program. And it’s creating some future park rangers.

This week is Take A Child Outside week.

And over at Hammocks Beach State Park, twelve kids are working to become junior rangers.

“It’s just a way to get children outside, enjoy their surroundings, and get to learn about where they live,” explained Renee Evans, park ranger.

Every day is a different topic. And Tuesday was all about the marine food web.

“We’re gonna collect plankton in the field,” said Jake Vitak, park ranger. “Then, we’re gonna go out and we’re gonna pull the nets through the marsh and collect some things out of traps.”

From plankton to crabs and shrimp, the most important part is allowing kids to get hands on.

“Because our park is made up of a bunch of islands, we focus on sea turtles, fish, ocean ecology,” the ranger added. “We need to do what we can to ensure their future and our future because they’re the next generation to continue what we started.”

On Friday, the participants will take an oath and be sworn in as junior rangers.

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