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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Delia Lister receives a vehicle for visibility

  • People will know when Delia Lister is coming, at least when the Pittsburg State University Nature Reach director is driving the program’s jazzy new wheels.

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  • People will know when Delia Lister is coming, at least when the Pittsburg State University Nature Reach director is driving the program’s jazzy new wheels.
    She said that an anonymous donor funded the purchase of a 2012 Ford Escape to support the program’s natural history outreach. Lister conducts more than 100  programs a year in four-state schools, but this is the first time the program has had its own vehicle.
    “This is a wonderful gift from someone who cares about science education,” she said. “We’ll put it to very good use.”
    The van is a rolling billboard for Nature Reach, thanks to its green color and graphics applied by PSU graphic designer Larry Jump. His other masterpieces include the customized scooter used by Jack Overman, PSU’s No. 1 fan.
    The Ford Escape is providing more than just transportation for Nature Reach. The increased visibility brought by the vehicle will be important because the program relies on a combination of fees, grants and donations.
    “I’ve already had strangers stop me at the gas station with questions about the program because they saw the car,” Lister said.
    A lot more people will be seeing the car as she begins her spring semester schedule of programs at area schools.
    Most of the time she won’t be riding alone, but will have a variety of passengers, ranging from non-poisonous snakes to birds of prey, including Bo the barred owl, a Nature Reach veteran of around 20 years.
    Lister has developed the bird of prey programs and child-focused summer camps presented by Nature Reach. In 2010, she was honored for her work in environmental education with the Rising Star Award from the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.
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