Monday, October 15, 2012

The Power of We

An FMNP final project- working together to find solutions to environmental problems
For Blog Action Day 2012, the Power of We, I wanted to highlight a program we offer at Camp Bayou just once a year. The Florida Master Naturalist Program is a 40 hour class created by UF/IFAS for adult learners who not only want to learn more about Florida environments, but to learn how to share that knowledge. This sharing can occur formally in the classroom or informally while gabbing to your neighbor over the connecting fence- or any permutation in between.
After graduating from these initial classes, students have:
- joined our nature center non-profit board
- created their own non-profit with a focus on frogs and potable water
- operate a monthly children's program aimed at getting kids outdoors and learning about the environment
- developed exhibits for the nature center
- contributed to quarterly Camp Bayou newsletter
- volunteered for cleanups, special outreach events and restoration projects
- gave guided walk/talks to children and adults to spread the word about the benefits of native plants in our landscapes
plus many more possibilities that are in the works.

The goal of these classes is not just to learn about these subjects for yourself, but to share what you've learned with others in meaningful ways to continue bringing environmental awareness to everyone that visits or resides in Florida. Maybe one day, everyone will understand that we are all connected to the natural world around us and that what we do has consequences now and for our future.

#BAD12 #powerofwe
Pictured: One of the final projects from the most recent coastal module FMNP class.

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