Conservation groups to host community forum Oct. 30

Old Lyme -- The Connecticut Audubon Society, Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Old Lyme Land Trust will host a community forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 titled, “Where is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?”

The free event will take place at the Old Lyme Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Road.

The discussion will focus on concerns among conservationists, outdoorsmen, sportsmen, environmentalists, foresters, and public health experts that young people are not spending enough time in nature and wilderness activities, and as a result, will not embrace and pass on to future Americans our country’s long commitment to conservation of its natural resources.

Panelists will be local conservations, parents and educators. The moderator will be Milan Bull, senior director for science and conservation at the Connecticut Audubon Society, and Michelle Eckman, director of education at the society. The panelists will be: Thaxter Tewsbury, director of Project Oceanology in Groton; Arthur Lerner, co-founder and executive director of F.R.E.S.H. (Food, Resource, Education, Security, Health) in New London; John Sargent, an artist and retired teacher who is active in the New London County Environmental Educators Coalition; Emily Bjornberg, a steward for the Lyme Land Trust and co-founder of its Trekkers youth group; and Beth Jones, a research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and a member of the Region 18 Board of Education.

Members of the audience will be encouraged to share their ideas, experiences, and suggestions.




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