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Last week was a whirlwind week of environmental education learning, planning and networking for me. I attended my first meeting of the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. The opportunity to sit around the table with environmental representatives from around the state made me proud of Louisiana and the investment we are making in our students and educators.
My week ended with a 3 day regional workshop on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Audubon Nature Institute youth development programs are part of the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program for 2013-2014. This workshop brought together environmental educators from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. We were able to share our success and challenges of working with students and teachers with the common goal of enhancing the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
It was an enlightening and inspiring meeting with people passionate about making a difference. Our meeting ended with a twilight kayaking event that reinforced our love of nature and why we chose the career paths we are on. The kayaking experience made us feel refreshed and joyful-the same experience we want our children to feel. We know how important a healthy ecosystem is and how it can enrich our children’s lives and future.
Be aware that there are people and organizations out there working to make our environment better for our children. Get involved and join us. We live in a very special place and we want to make sure that it will be there for our children.