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Forum to improve outdoor education scheduled for Nov. 29

Published November 15. 2012 11:00AM   Updated November 15. 2012 11:10AM

Old Lyme — A panel of environmental educators will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Road, for a community forum to discuss ways to improve outdoor education for children.

The forum, titled, “Where is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?” was originally scheduled for Oct. 30, but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.

The purpose is to engage the community in an in-depth discussion of the issues raised in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Connecticut State of the Birds 2012 report. It is being cosponsored by the Old Lyme Land Trust and Lyme Land Conservation Trust.

The discussion will be moderated by Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon Society’s senior director of science and conservation. Michelle Eckman, Connecticut Audubon’s director of education, will discuss what our organization is doing to address the issue. Other panelists are: John Sargent, artist and retired teacher who is active in the New London Environmental Educators Coalition; Emily Gerber Bjornberg, who started the Lyme Land Trust’s Trekkers youth group; and Arthur Lerner, executive director of F.R.E.S.H in New London. F.R.E.S.H. stands for Food: Resource, Education, Security, Health.

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