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Look at all the fun things they are doing!

Junior Naturalist Earth Keepers Club

 “We’re a group of kids and teens that has fun while working to protect animals, sea life, and the surrounding environment.”

The BNC Junior Naturalist EarthKeeper Club of was founded in 2012. The club has more than 500 members from over 30 schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The club provides programming and adventures throughout the school year to teach students about local ecosystems and how to better care for the planet.

Past events include shark and squid dissections, beach clean-ups, water pollution testing programs, teen kayaking excursions, exploration of Everglades National Park and shark-tagging expeditions with the Shark Research Center at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The 2018-2019 schedule of events will be announced shortly.

Membership, in keeping the inclusive spirit of Marjory Stoneman Douglas costs $1 and students range in ages 4 to 16 years-old.

EarthKeeper Ambassadors are selected each year to represent the Junior Naturalist EarthKeepers Club and the Biscayne Nature Center at individual schools across South Florida. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please complete the application and submit by DATE.

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Last Child in the Woods

by Richard Louv (...excerpts from)

Nature – the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful – offers something that the street and gated community or computer game cannot.

Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity.
A child can, on a rare clear night, see the stars and perceive the infinite.

Immersion in the natural environments cuts to the chase, exposes the young directly and immediately to the very elements which humans evolved,
earth, water, air and other living kin, large and small.

Without that experience, as Louise Chawla says, “we forget our place, we forget that larger fabric on which our lives depend.”

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