If more children grow up valuing a safe and healthy environment, think of what a different world we could be living in 50 years from now. From Senator Reed’s press office:
Reed Launches Effort to Improve Environmental Education and Reconnect Students with Nature
PROVIDENCE, RI — On Friday, October 12, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will join with Mayor David Cicilline, Loki the hawk, Teco the owl, and elementary school students from Providence and East Greenwich to unveil The No Child Left Inside Act, a new $100 million a year initiative to strengthen environmental education programs and reconnect more kids with nature. The event will take place in Roger Williams Park Zooâ€™s new Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail, a haven for native plants and wildlife and a living classroom that connects kids with the natural world around them.
Reedâ€™s No Child Left Inside legislation would authorize $500 million over five years to states to train teachers in environmental education and operate environmental education programs. It will also provide new funding to states that create environmental literacy plans.
The Zoo and other member organizations of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) are lending critical support to Senator Reedâ€™s efforts to increase environmental education not only in Rhode Island, but across the country.
In addition to the press conference, the event will feature wetland exploration activities for local school children led by RIEEA members and animal encounters with Teco (an Eastern Screech Owl) and Loki (a Red-tailed Hawk). Both birds are native to the region and are rehabilitated animals that were injured in the wild. Unable to be re-released, these birds now serve as ambassadors for their species and visit schoolchildren throughout southeastern New England as part of the Zooâ€™s interactive educational programs.
WHO: U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; Mayor David Cicilline; John Palumbo, Chair, Rhode Island Zoological Society Board of Trustees; Kate Douton, incoming President, Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA); Fourth grade students from Harry Kizarian Elementary School; Fifth grade students from Our Lady of Mercy Regional School; Loki, a Red-tailed Hawk; Teco, an Eastern Screech Owl
WHAT: Press conference to unveil Senator Reedâ€™s â€œNo Child Left Inside Actâ€?
WHEN: Friday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, (401) 785-3510
Investing in environmental education is a great way to plan for the future of our nation and planet.