22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable

(Photo courtesy Lighthouse Center)
(Photo courtesy Lighthouse Center)

WARETOWN – The 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable will be held at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown on April 17. This much anticipated and regionally significant educators’ workshop is scheduled from 3-8 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Changing Climate, Changing Watershed”. Workshop topics will focus on the changes in our local weather patterns and the resulting impact this has on the natural resources in our Barnegat Bay watershed. Registration is open to educators and community members interested in learning about Ocean County’s unique habitats, and native flora and fauna. Workshop facilitators represent diverse environmental organizations and agencies.

 The Ocean County Soil Conservation District invites you to our 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable. Come see what all the excitement is about as area educators and community members explore the important role our watershed plays in connection to the health of our environment. Both educators and nature enthusiasts from all over the county can engage in interactive workshops designed to inspire a new appreciation of our waterways, native woods and marshes, plants, animals, local history, and the watershed. Participating educators will engage in hands-on activities and field experiences to learn how climate change and changing weather patterns impacts human development and natural ecosystems.

Over one hundred educators and nature enthusiasts are expected to participate in this 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable to learn, network and bring resources back to their classrooms, students and community. The Roundtable Steering Committee strives to help our local educators and community members to “think globally and act locally.” We believe that an appreciation and understanding of the local environment helps lead to a sense of place and connection for area students and residents.

Roundtable highlights include a light dinner, a free resource table, door prizes, native plant sale, and a special Keynote presentation by Lisa Auermuller, Assistant Director of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton. The Steering Committee has put together a variety of programs that offer something for everyone.

The Environmental Educators Roundtable is $25 per person. Visit the OCSCD website atwww.soildistrict.org for a complete description of programs. Registration is on-line; educators and nature enthusiasts should register now to assure a spot in their favorite workshop!

Call the Soil District at 609-971-7002 ext. 114 for further information. For directions to the Lighthouse Center: lighthousecenternj.org/.