Happy New Year Garden lovers! Perhaps some of you have resolved to going green this year and I encourage everyone to practice a new green habit!
We, the Youth Education team at MBG, are passionate about leading a green lifestyle (always a work in progress) and connecting children with nature to instill an appreciation for what Earth provides us. We all come from diverse backgrounds, giving us each the perfect blend of creativity and inspiration that allows us to implement a variety of innovative programs and events that bring people closer to nature. We hope that these connections do not end after a Garden visit, but that families cultivate a sense of wonder and respect for their environment everyday.
To keep our ideas fresh and meaningful, our team is involved with the Tennessee Environmental Education Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental education throughout Tennessee. We continue our professional development with various collaborations, networking, and conferences throughout the year. Click here for more information.
A related group, ECO-TN (Every Child Outdoors-Tennessee,) is a coalition of more than 100 supporting organizations who all share a concern with getting kids outdoors.This coalition has come together to produce an Environmental Literacy Plan to be integrated into TN State Science Standards. The plan positions Tennessee to receive U.S. Department of Education funds for environmental education. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the classroom) is a hot-button topic, and what better way to get kids excited about science and to become productive stewards of our natural resources?
The Plan is posted here. There will also be a free, public information meeting here at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Saturday, January 26 from 1-3 pm. Please join us to hear updates on the progress of implementing the plan. We'd love to see you here as we discuss education that's only natural!