Environmental Education Fair

Spring into Green!!  The Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair (LAEEF), begun 38 years ago under the leadership of James Hastings, a consultant for environmental education at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. This year's event will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia 91007.

The coordinators of the 38th Annual LAEEF Fair invite you to "Join us as several thousand families, educators, scouting groups, and students from all over the Los Angeles area will come to network with local environmental community resources and learn about lifestyle solutions that impact the health of our planet through hands-on workshops and in-booth presentations. Other event activities include sustainable food sampling, tours, multicultural music, science scavenger hunts, art activities, eco-friendly demonstrations, and nature games for all ages."

For detailed information, visit the LAEEF Web site.

Field Guides

RT Hawk, Lead Naturalist at the Wrightwood Outdoor Science School, is credited in the acknowledgements section of an excellent new field guide: Southern California Mountains Wildflowers. Check out the text below, taken from the acknowledgements (p. vii).

"We both especially want to thank RT Hawk for taking us on so many whirlwind botanical excursions, both to the San Bernardino Mountains and later to the San Gabriel Range. RT knows exactly where and when everything is blooming, and many of our photographs, especially of rare taxa, were taken on trips where he led us. We always enjoy his and his wife Shaun's company and friendship, and were delighted with their enthusiasm and natural curiosity about plants and all things natural history. RT also contributed ideas for topics in this book's introduction section."

The Outdoor Science School is lucky to have RT as a lead part of our team! Kudos to RT!

By the way, RT was also acknowledged in another Falcon field guide:: Mojave Desert Wildflowers

Think Earth Foundation

The Think Earth Foundation has a long history of sharing environmental education resources with schools. In our work at LACOE Outdoor and Marine Science Field Study, they have been an excellent and long time collaborator to bring more and better environmental science education to more kids. Check out the website and share this information with your colleagues in grades K-3. Refer back from time to time as additional resources are added for additional grade levels.

Celebrate Your National Parks

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and they're celebrating all year long! The centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. All year -- and beyond! -- you are invited to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own back yard! Resources for teachers and parents are available for many parks, monuments, historic sites, seashores, and lakeshores.