Audubon Connecticut hosts Second annual Schoolyard Habitat Summit

CT educators and partners gather for training in outdoor education

Audubon Connecticut in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Common Ground High School, Urban Farm & Environmental Education Center, and the Yale Peabody Museum will host the second annual Schoolyard Habitat Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 9-3:45, at Audubon Greenwich Center, 613 Riversville Road. Educators, staff and parents from 18 schools across Connecticut as well as representatives from a dozen local and statewide non-profit organizations and nature centers will be in attendance.

The Schoolyard Habitat Summit is an opportunity for partner schools and newly interested schools and conservation organizations to develop or deepen their schoolyard habitat projects. Participants will be welcomed by keynote speaker Akiima Price — one of the leading African-American environmental educators in the country. Akiima currently works with the DC Promise Initiative (DCPNI), a social service organization working to end poverty in communities throughout the District of Colombia. She uses nature as a medium to bring together various leaders and organizations, and is a proponent for providing nature-based programming to local communities. Participants will also hear from peer educator panelists on success stories from their school projects, including but not limited to how Schoolyard Habitat can extend learning across a broad range of subjects including science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society with more than 9,000 members in the state, works to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through education, research, conservation, and legislative advocacy for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Through our network of nature centers, protected wildlife sanctuaries, and local, volunteer Chapters, we seek to connect people with nature and inspire the next generation of conservationists. Learn more at AudubonCT.org.

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