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The Value of Environmental Education

In the classroom you’re just sitting at your desk learning about it. Out here, you actually get to go do it! I just love learning how everything is interconnected, and how things just rely on one another. I mean people rely on nature more than we think. (Music plays) I suddenly found myself being extremely interested in other environmental things. I wasn’t very much concerned about the environment until I came here and I just saw how beautiful nature could be. What makes a good environmental educator? I’ll say someone who knows not only how to connect with nature but also have a connection with the audience that they’re serving because we can provide and deliver this information but also have some sort of connection with your students, and have, and build this everlasting bond. We use a lot of citizen scientists, particularly a lot of high school students and college students, as it gives these students some real, hands-on experience in how to do fieldwork, and how to do conservation work, to learn the skills and the knowledge that they’ll need for their entire career. It’s really a lightbulb moment for the students when they can see this used cooking grease transformed into a renewable fuel. You see in their faces this pride and then also they realize they’re connected some way with each other and their environment. Being from the city, at first I just thought these were pests. These do a lot. They pollinate the food that you eat. When you know that, they’re so important to everything, then you know you want to try to protect them. Like you try to protect something you love. That’s awesome. That’s not on a beach anymore, and never will be! Thank you all! I became stronger not only physically but emotionally. I realized that I could withstand a lot of tough conditions. It made me want to encourage myself more and be more ambitious. I mean, I think I became more of an environmental freak to my mom. I just had a whole new outlook on life. (Music plays)

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