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Baltimore Dispatch: Reflecting on the NAAEE 2013 conference

Hello, my name is Morgan Powell of Bronx River Sankofa:

I attended the 42nd annual North American Association of Environmental Educators’ conference with two other New Yorkers (Tanya Fields of the Blk Projek and Nilka Martell of G.I.V.E.).  This is my report!  The picture you see below was taken at Jubilee Arts Center in Baltimore, MD.  It captures a fellowship moment with Rue Mapp (California), Nicole Jackson (Ohio) and Rodney Stotts (Washington, D.C.).  You are seeing American environmental education from sea to shining sea!  More regions of the country were represented by other conference attendees not in this image!

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Here are some memories I’ve brought home.

Circular Dialogue

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Akiima Price scheduled a wonderful day (Thursday, October 10) of activities for us.  The picture above captures our Community Environmental Education (EE) Workshop in the morning attended by over three dozen formal and informal indoor as well as outdoor environmental educators.

            Over several days, I discussed subjects like the requirements of success at a research university with food scientist Milton Newberry (NJ) who is a doctoral student at the University of Florida.  Others enriched me with conversation like Tanya Fields (The Blk Projek), Dennis Chestnut (Groundwork Anacostia), Nicole Jackson (The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden), Jose Marcos-Iga (Environmental Education Exchange), Latriece Brown (Greening Youth), and Nilka Martell (G.I.V.E.).  Also, Andrew Brazington of the Chester Environmental Partnership.

 Touring Baltimore

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This New Yorker chose to bypass the free Charm City Circular which can get you to many attractions.  Except for the cab I took to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum , I walked to and from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture  where I learned about oystering, iron-working and farming in sandy soils before exploring the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood and its Walters Museum.  All conference participants were extended reduced admission to the National Aquarium in Baltimore  which held the surprise of including a mini-botanical garden of tropical plants providing habitat for terrestrial animals.

                 The Community EE Fellowship Field Trip began at Jubilee Arts Center , continued to Whitelock Community Farm  (host Teddy Krolik), included commentary by Antonio Carpenter of www.metaro777.com who leads tours of old growth wooded Baltimore parks and concluded with an environmental justice tour by longtime resident Glen Ross.

Making New Friends

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I met Bobby Wilson of the Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, James McGirt of Project Learning Tree in D.C., Marta Campo (NY) the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, C. Parker McMullen-Bushman of The Marine Science Consortium (VA), Charice Bourdeaux of Utah Bike Month, Nick Clemons (MD Park Ranger) at the Assateague Island National Seashore, Veronica Kyle (IL) of Faith in Place , Marcos Trinidad (CA) of Audubon Youth Environmental Stewards, Juan Reynosa (NM) of the SouthWest Organizing Project, Elizabeth Babalola (NJ) who is studying at Yale University’s School of Forestry and  Environmental Studies among too many others to name!

Tree Appreciation Walk Video on Youtube!

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