Reported by Marilyn Fordney
The annual meeting was planned to be at Topanga State Park but because of recent fires a decision was made to move it to Woodley Park in the Sepulveda Basin. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day that was perfect for an outdoor potluck lunchtime gathering of almost 20 people.
Instructors and educators at lunch.
The Havasi Wilderness Foundation has been donating funds for program grants to the Education Department for the past six years. It has grown over the years and meets the needs of elementary school students, disadvantaged students, and groups with special needs. Everyone participated in the potluck, so we had a variety of selections that were soooo delicious.
After lunch Stephen Vodantis, Education Program Supervisor, addressed and thanked the group of assembled educators for their dedication and service to the field of outdoor learning and environmental education. He introduced some of those in attendance and their special roles within the organization.
Stephen Vodantis with the instructors of our program at the Resource Conservation District of Santa Monica Mountains.
Then he invited anyone who wished to speak to relate special stories and anecdotes about field trip experiences with school groups during the year. We heard about a halibut-fishing story and how some students react with excitement when they hear the sound of the surf and waves crashing for the first time.
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