More than 100 6th graders from Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C. connected with nature during a field trip to the Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville. The field trip was led by 20 juniors and seniors from Loudoun Valley High School, their teacher Liam McGranaghan, and naturalist John DeMary. The 6th graders participated in hands-on activities to learn about trees on the trail, how to be quiet to experience all that nature has to offer, and the concept of Leave No Trace.
“It was magical to see the interaction between the high school student stewards and the middle school students. The high school students really got the younger ones engaged in learning about nature and enjoying their time on the trail,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation. Read more…
April 2013 marked the ninth annual Green Earth Book Award, the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adults. The Green Earth Book Award each year brings an expert jury together to determine winning children and young adult books with a message of environmental stewardship. The books raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it.
The annual awards are presented at Salisbury University’s Read Green Festival in Maryland. The award ceremony was held at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art to honor 2013 Green Earth Book Award winners, including the following authors who were present at the awards ceremony: Loree Griffin Burns, Phillip Hoose, Andri Snaer Magnason, Eliot Schrefer, Melissa Stewart, and Tiffany Trent. The authors also participated in panel discussions and school visits, creating a wide variety of options for the public to interact with these amazing literary professionals.
Click here to view author acceptance speeches (video courtesy of Ralph Quattruci, Ventana Productions)
Click here to learn more about the Green Earth Book Awards