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Wildlife & Conservation Organization (W.A.C.O.)

Do you have an interest in the environment?  Do you enjoy being involved in outdoor activities?  Do you have an interest in wildlife and wild places?  
Then membership in the Doane College Wildlife and Conservation Organization (W.A.C.O.) is for you!
Activities include camping and canoeing on the Niobrara River and camping at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. Day trips have included observing the hawk and eagle migration and Hitchcock Nature Center and wildlife at the DeSoto Wildlife Refuge. We have also assisted in enlarging the college disc gold course. We also work to conserve our tiger mascot in the wild through our involvement in the Tigers for Tigers Coalitionand the World Wildlife Fund. Recently we have set up an aquarium in Lied Science Building for all students and faculty to enjoy.
   Canoeing down the Niobrara         Fun at a waterfall
W.A.C.O. is invovled in activities including habitat conservation, outdoor events, and climate change initiatives. We encourage a better understanding of wildlife, conservation, and environmnetal issue affecting society and the world today.
The officer for 2015-2016 are:
Kyle Gaston - President
Emily Belak - Vice-President
Makenzie Zima - Secretary
Shana Havenridge - Treasurer
Dr. Russ Souchek - Faculty Advisor
If you are interested in joining W.A.C.O. or wanting more information about what we do or when we meet, email either Dr. Souchek at or Kyle Gaston at