Science Chase Ends Up in Kissimmee Prairie
KPP Friends retrieve student's experimental balloon
A week later, ranger Chris Clauson and KPP volunteers came to the rescue. The Preserve swamp buggy took them most of the way, but the remaining distance off the trail had to be slogged on foot through tall grasses and wet marsh. Friends’ board president, Tim Kozusko, a biologist at Kennedy Space Center, was first to reach the payload—in an area with over a foot of water, just a few paces from the GPS coordinates Chase had provided.
Chase’s mom, Lisa, answered a call from the Preserve. Cheers could be heard in the background as she relayed the message that the balloon and contents had been recovered. The package was delivered the next day by Friend's board V.P., Christina Evans, and husband, Stan Czaplicki. As luck would have it, they live only three miles from Chase’s home!
The Kissimmee Prairie Friends are happy to have played a part in Chase’s latest experiment and look forward to his next project. We hope that he will come back to visit Kissimmee Prairie Preserve again!
Thank you to Chase Wiley's family for use of their photos and video to illustrate this story.
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