Outreach at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
RTPEC Accepts Petit Family Foundation Grant Award for Environmental Education
Eleanor Robinson accepted a $5000 check from Dr. William A. Petit, President of the Petit Family Foundation on behalf of Connecticut Audubon Society’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. The grant award was used to help fund a pilot program that embeded an outdoor, environmental education program with a full-time teacher-naturalist in Camp Claire on Hamburg Cove in Lyme, CT for the summer of 2017.
“We are thrilled that the funding is now in place to launch an enriching environmental education program that will have a lasting impact on hundreds of children who spend a part of their summer at Camp Claire”, said Eleanor Robinson, Director of The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. “Total immersion, outdoor experiences combined with fun, yet informative natural science education can be transformative for children.”
Based out of a tent platform, and accessing the rich biodiversity of the estuary watershed, the RTPEC teacher-naturalist unveiled the mysteries of the natural world and the interconnectedness and complexity of the plant and animal life that surround the iconic camp.
Thank You to Our Local Land Trusts!
We would like to thank the land trusts in our area for letting us use their properties for regional school children participating our Science in Nature programs.
We have walked the trails and explored rotting logs, geologic outcrops, tree-fall forest gaps, vernal pools, and stream meanders on Lyme, Old Lyme and Essex Land Trust properties.
We are also grateful to Olsen Sanitation and Sanitary Solutions companies for the donations and delivery of portable toilets to the sites.
Dock Proposed for Whalebone Cove Would Threaten Wildlife Habitat
The coves and marshes of the lower Connecticut River estuary are among the most valuable areas for wildlife in North America. The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (RTPEC) opposed a plan to install a new dock in one of those coves, Whalebone Cove, in the Town of Lyme. Here is our letter, signed by Eleanor Robinson, the director of our Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, in Old Lyme.