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LERN Recreation Member Highlights - Oct. 2

Your weekly dose of inspiration and ideas from other recreation programs across North America.

The Coppell Parks & Recreation Department team shows off their new pink shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Happy October! Are you headed to The CORE today? Stop by and say "Hi" to the staff and check out their pink shirts, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month!

West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation gets ready for Halloween with a live bat show

A specially trained and skilled presenter from the Organization for Bat Conservation's Education Department will provide an entertaining and informative program all about BATS, just in time for Halloween! Discover the truth about bats and how they live, in this exciting multi-media program.

Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation had some fall-time fun

S'More Fun Than You Imagined! Check out this family favorite on Saturday, October 3 from 6-8pm at Game Farm Wilderness Park.
Entertainment starts 6pm, followed by BBQ-roasted s’mores, face painting, a giant bon fire and scary stories in the dark. Complete details at

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has fun with a #goldenapplehunt

Watch our Facebook page at 7 and 8 pm for two more clues in the #GoldenAppleHunt. See u Oct 4 #GoldenAppleHunt has been found!

East Bay Regional Park District takes the time to answer a man's question about a squirrel - gets 36 Likes and a grea...

Hi, have you ever seen California Gray Squirrels splotched with black patterns like these I spotted at Briones Regional Park? I had not seen "irregulars" prior to these guys.

East Bay Regional Park District: Inquiring minds want to know.. have YOU ever seen a ground squirrel with unusual fur? A park visitor saw this one in Briones. Here's what our naturalist had to say.
" Interesting observation Tom! While black fur (also known as melanism) is very common in tree squirrels, it is much less common in California ground squirrels. We have personally never observed melanistic ground squirrels, though they have been documented in the past. Mammal fur coloration can be highly variable between generations, and this could be a genetic mutation, a response to an environmental change, or just a dirty squirrel.
Has anyone else ever seen a black spotted or entirely black California ground squirrel?"
UPDATE - going on a tip from one of our fb fans we checked with the park staff and they said..."Some squirrels at Briones have been marked by Mills College as part of their California Ground Squirrel study. The marks in the photograph look consistent with the marks I have seen so far." Mystery solved!