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Urban Ecology Podcast

May 3, 2021

This episode completes our initial 4-part series on environmental education. Throughout this series, we have seen how programming at the Urban Ecology Center makes connections to environmental learning for children in school groups and for community members of all ages. We have seen the dynamic ways that the community informs that programming. In this episode, it is even more notable that we are only just beginning to share the diversity of the people the Center serves and how our efforts to learn from and meet the needs of our neighbors are ongoing. José interviews Martina Patterson, an educator in a partner organization called Nearby Nature. Together, they reflect on what it means to share their love of nature to inspire the passion of children for the environment through science and art. The partnership between the UEC and Nearby Nature has been in the works for several years, through the commitment of a local Sierra Club advocate, David Thomas, and this collaboration is set to grow as we move forward.

This episode is hosted by Chris Young and José Basaldua with contributions from Ken Leinbach and features special guest Martina Patterson. Edited by Danny Pirtle.

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