Guest writer David J. Backes shares the wisdom of Sigurd F. Olsen who is as relevant to connecting to nature today as in 1987. In the advancement of climate solutions, Backes describes how "hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up."
Kenton County Conservation District is dedicated to empowering our county citizens to protect our natural resources through Conservation, Restoration and Education! We are looking for dynamic, motivated EELCorps member to help us to design, implement and teach environmental education programs within Kenton County schools and communities, and at a nature preserve that is being restored by KCCD to support native species of plants and wildlife.
Members will provide ideas for, plan, and lead programs for diverse audiences – which may include guided nature explorations, presentations using education animals, canoeing, climbing, archery, fishing, team-building, service-learning projects, and summer camps. Employees will also assist senior staff in the development of new programs that fulfill community needs and the Jefferson Memorial Forest mission statement.
We learn through personal experiences. In turn our verve for whatever we learn is contagious. The author discovered photography as a means of expressing her love for the natural world. Up at 5:15 AM, she would go to Bard Lake and discover the moments of sunrise and the natural world in that time frame. Her discoveries encouraged others to join her and a whole community of early risers was born to uncover the majesty of the morning in the context of the natural world. Her perspective of what Environmental Education entails confirms the field has much to offer educators and students alike.
If we could only listen to the time...the wind, the water...the trees telling us how time is passing, we would all be more grounded, happier and tranquil. Rolland Smith's words remind us nature is a balm, a salve and a necessity for our very being.
Storytelling matters! In the words of Dr. Eric Umstead, professor of Special Education: "I wasn't good at anything that required memorization and was taught in a direct fashion. I suppose it was my want to spend time on things that mattered to me or someone took the time to explain how it mattered to me. For better or worse, that's why I always try to tie content that matters to stories to people can connect."