Teaching Kids, and Learning About Myself
I feel like my goal in life is to make difference in this world, and it has been very difficult to feel like I am succeeding in this endeavor until now. Team Bug (the crew that is working out at Blanca Wetlands) has started our outreach program at two of our local schools, and we took our first group out to the wetlands this week. I honestly thought the kids would not care, that the only thing that would matter to them is that they were not in school, but I could not have been more wrong. The kids were engaged and excited, and it made me happy that I could share my knowledge on something that I love with these students who did not even know a place like the Blanca Wetlands existed.
I never thought that I would like doing outreach, and I never thought that it would be something I would be good at. I still do not know if I am good at it, but I do know that I am enjoying seeing even one face interested in what we have to say. I love seeing kids excited to see a Snowy Plover or an American Avocet. I love kindling a fire inside of them, like my mentor did for me.
It makes me realize that even if I never make a real difference in this world where everyone knows my name, if I can help inspire someone who can, or someone who will share what I say with anyone else, then I have done my job…and that makes me proud.
Photos of the week: A Killdeer, American Avocet, and a flock of American White Pelicans