DATE: August 15, 2012
National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Class (full caption below)
CONTACT: Diana Guidry, Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
NatureScape Broward hosted a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward training for Broward County Public School teachers August 6-9. Habitat Stewards are individuals with a keen interest in the environment and a willingness to volunteer their time and expertise to help others create or restore wildlife habitat.
Teachers have the unique opportunity to inspire hundreds of students. This training supports their ability to influence the stewards of tomorrow by connecting students today to nature through curriculum, campus ecology and active environmental stewardship. To date, 122 Broward teachers have taken the Habitat Steward Training offered by NatureScape.
The four-day training included field trips to Broward County parks and natural areas, Plantation Preserve Linear Trail, a tour of a backyard wildlife habitat and a visit to Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary. Presentations were made by environmental speakers from Everglades National Park, South Florida Water Management District and Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department. One of the most popular activities was the Educator’s Environmental Showcase, which featured exhibits and speakers from16 agencies and organizations that are available to provide program outreach to schools.
NatureScape Broward is a program of the Broward County Commission and the County's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division. In addition to this training, NatureScape Broward:
- Offers workshops for teachers and school maintenance staff
- Helps to create learning gardens on school campuses
- Hosts Environmental Education Days at various middle schools
For more information on NatureScape Broward, or to sign up your school to participate in the National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward training, call Diana Guidry at 954-519-0317 or visit broward.org/naturalresources and click NATURESCAPE BROWARD. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to protect wildlife for future generations. Visit nwf.org to learn more about their educational programs for schools.
Photo Caption: (l-r) Zamina Solomon, Diana Guidry, Brad Fox, Carol Nevius Jones, Diana Bonner, Nicole Thibeault, Johanna Adams, Emily Taggart, Alan Leipzig, Victor Suarez, Linda Toemmes, Timothy Hall, Susan Walker, Aly Betances