Center for Environment Guides Girl Scouts in Exploration of Environment
04/20/10 by Staff Writer
A scavenger hunt sent them into the Catawba College ecological preserve looking for insects and spiders and caterpillars. They identified maples and poplars and engaged in a Bug Crawl. They also learned about green buildings that are energy-efficient and health hazards related to poor air quality.
A total of 40 Hornets’ Nest Council Girl Scouts from Rowan and Mecklenburg counties, parents, volunteers and staff met at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba campus April 17 to explore the environment and engage in team-building exercises. The Center’s staff and GEO team, a select group of Catawba students who develop and implement educational outreach programs, served as the Girl Scouts’ teachers.
The Center focuses on experiential learning – giving students opportunities to discover things on their own. Amanda Lanier, the Center’s coordinator of programming, notes that this kind of learning often awakens a desire to explore the environmental sciences more. “It’s gratifying to see these girls get excited about the environment,” she says. “They respond well when they are allowed to experience the many facets of environmental science.”