Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Type



Earth and Ocean Sciences

Director of Thesis

John Grego, Professor

Second Reader

Rudy Mancke, Professor


In my two main internships during college, I worked closely with two very different animals: raccoons and alligators. Additionally, I gained experience in presenting educational programs during my internship at Fripp Island, where my most common program was our Gator Walk. For my thesis project, I built upon my experience in interpretive programming, drawing on my experience with alligators and raccoons to develop a unique educational program to present at Congaree National Park. This report will describe the process of developing this program as well as it’s implementation and outcomes. In addition, it includes a review of scholarly literature on these two animals which was used to inform the tours.

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