Teachers Inspire Students through NatureScape Broward
NatureScape Broward recently completed a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward training for Broward County Public School teachers. 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, connecting them to nature through a hands-on curriculum, including campus ecology and active environmental stewardship.
To date, 141 Broward teachers have taken the training which included field trips to Broward County parks and natural areas, Plantation Preserve Linear Trail, and a visit to Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary. Presentations were made by environmental speakers from Everglades National Park, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, Florida Sea Grant Program 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 from local agencies and organizations that are available to provide program outreach to schools.
NatureScape Broward is a program of the County's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division. In addition to 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
Photo at Right: Back Row, left to right: Justin Butler, William Perez, Natalia Daniels-Castro, Maena Angelotti, Kimberly Mayo, Lisa Murphy, Patricia Ritter, Nancy DeLucia, Kathryn Carmillucci-McCullough, Diana Guidry and Viola Hanson Middle Row, left to right: Ebony Valentine, Jacqueline Wholey, Kim Gilliam, Margaret McLeod and Andrea Perez Front Row, left to right: Christina Hung, Elayne Hollander, Lindsey Arcularius, Victor Suarez, Myrielle Badia and Lisa Schuurmans