This past Saturday I had the chance to have my own table at the Nuestra Tierra Earth Day event at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. I had the chance to meet people from Tree People, Marcos from Audubon YES program, and an organization that is trying to get the San Gabriel Mountains to be listed as a National Park. I even got to plant my own mint leaves and peas in biodegradable coconut vases but my brother left them at a restaurant.
Being that the event was held at Olvera Street, we had a lot of Hispanic families come out. I got to play a little migration game with the kids, show them how to properly use a compass, and I also brought along crafts so that the kids could make their own bird…some were very creative. A little boy even turned his into a bracelet!
I was pretty nervous in the beginning since I didn’t know what to expect, or what kind of people would stop by, and we did get some questionable individuals…I guess that Los Angeles for ya!
Many of the kids seemed quite interested in learning more about “Why Birds Matter” and what they can do to help protect them. When a child is very interested and wanting to learn more about what you are trying to show them, it brings a smile to my face knowing that I can cause a little bit of a change in a child.I really enjoyed my time at the Nuestra Tierra event and I hope we are able to do more of these now that I understand what I can improve in.
Till next time…