Environmental Awareness Fair engages students

Students listen to Brian Pavlina’s presentation on the scrub jays during an Environmental Awareness Fair at Laurel-Nokomis School in Nokomis. All photos by Fran Palmeri

“What is the effect on our local neighborhood if the scrub jays are not saved?” The fate of these lively inquisitive birds was on everyone’s mind as exuberant middle-schoolers seeking answers to this and other questions filled the gym at Laurel-Nokomis School May 7 for an Environmental Awareness Fair organized by Vice Principal Debbie Cohen.

The fate of the Florida’s scrub jay, the state’s only endemic bird, was on everyone’s mind.

The goal was to provide information about conservation efforts in Florida and ways the next generation can make a difference.

Annie Schiller of Florida Native Plants Nursery talks with a group of students.

Fourteen organizations — Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Oscar Scherer State Park, Sierra Club, Marie Selby Gardens, Venice Wildlife Center and the Gulf Coast Conservation Foundation, among others — were represented, with information about volunteering and activities for families. Some students’ families already had gardens, so the kids were interested to learn that putting in native plants absorbs runoff, saves water and attracts native wildlife.

Others had spent time in parks, on the Legacy Trial or on the water. Judging from their knowledge and enthusiasm, the planet will be in good hands in the future.

1 thought on “Environmental Awareness Fair engages students”

  1. Excellent article…the kids were really enthusiastic about the event. Many thanks to all participants.

Comments are closed.