This week I had the pleasure of attending NoVA Outside’s School Environmental Action Showcase at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Rodney, Mr. Hoots, and I represented the Earth Conservation Corps as Eco-Partners. We shared information with hundreds of elementary and middle school students about raptors, our conservation efforts, the Migratory Bird Treaty, and, of course, our Eagle Cam. The students were most excited about seeing and petting Mr. Hoots, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl, and many believed he was a Great Horned Owl.
Students from Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Loudoun County, and Prince William County Public Schools participated in the Showcase. They presented projects they are working on in their communities using STEM, to take action on environmental issues they identified. The Earth Force’s “Caring for Our Watersheds” and James Madison University Center for Wind Energy’s “KidWind’ competitions also took place as a part of the event.
It was truly inspiring to see so many kids, including many girls and minorities, interested in STEM and especially the environment!