How to Get Kids Interested in Plants

A simple enough premise, right?  Yet often a real challenge.  Plants don’t generally run, jump around, fly, or make noises like animals.  Well, nor are they as slow as geological change, but maybe they need better public relations agents.  That implies you and me. Our speaker David Matthews says:

“It is true that young people are drawn to fauna more readily than to flora. There is, after all, a popular cable network dedicated to animals…Animal Planet…but not a Plant Planet.
Actually, getting kids interested in plants really isn’t so hard. I will share the “hooks” I regularly use with the students in my Environmental Science classes.  Joining me will be fellow teacher and one of the cofounders of the Green Tech Academy, Nate Rosenberg.”

David Matthews has been teaching in Austin ISD for over 30 years and has been recognized by Keep Austin Beautiful and Westcave Preserve for his work as an environmental educator. He is co-director of the Nature Camp at Bamberger Ranch Preserve. His gardening efforts on his campus led to the creation of the Green Tech Academy at Small Middle School.

The meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 7-9pm at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), Austin, 78746.

Doors open at 6:30pm for socializing, munching, and general good fun!  Nonmembers welcome; free admission. Those attending are encouraged to bring:

(1) seeds to exchange and give away;
(2) mystery plants for identification.

For further information, contact Mike Powers at 512-453-2289 in Austin.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 7-9 P.M. at Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), Austin 78746.