Sofia and Lisa explore Harold A. Henry Park to help kids (and adults) find nature in their neighborhood city parks.

To say that the COVID-19 pandemic turned our education programs updside-down would be an understatement. Luckily, Lisa and Sofia adapted quickly and began translating our field trip program into virtual nature education classes and online content. Lisa and Sofia have taught scores of online classes to elementary school students, cub scouts other organizations. It goes without saying that we can’t wait to start coordinating field trips again, but even when this pandemic is finally behind us, we will be able to use these distance learning techniques to bring nature education to more kids across the city. The pictures below help illustrate how our education program has adjusted. Names and pictures of students and schools are blacked out for privacy purposes.

Sofia and Lisa start each class by introducing themselves, including a brief discussion of how they pursued careers in environmental science. This is very eye-opening for the kids, who may have never considered a nature-oriented career.
Lisa and Sofia then introduce the concepts of wetlands, watersheds, habitats and other aspects of the ecosystem.