International Outreach June 2017

The month of June happily began with our annual Open House, and closed just as happily with our annual visit from four high school students from our Sister City, Anjo, Japan. Our visitors also included Huntington Beach students who will be visiting Japan soon, hosts, and chaperones. The Japanese students spoke a little English, and with the assistance of a translator, as well as with a lot of smiling and gesturing, our Shipley Tour Guide, Carolee Focht provided a great tour!

Even though they had just arrived the evening before, they were happy, curious, and very engaged with what Shipley has to offer.  Of course, our resident Egrets put on quite a show for them, and all our visitors were excited to see them all in their nests and majestically flying about Shipley.


Students from Anjo, Japan and Huntington Beach, California sharing nature.

The tour was followed by a traditional 4th of July lunch of hot dogs with all the fixings, and it was cool and relaxing underneath the trees outside Shipley.  Besides our loyal volunteers, we welcomed two volunteers from the Pacific Coast chapter of the National Charity League, Layne and Sandra, who helped us set up and clean up.  All in all, a good time was had by everyone!


Carolee and Anjo, Japan Visitor


Shirley welcomes the students for lunch.