18 grad­u­ate from CBEC Le­gacy In­sti­tute for the En­vi­ron­ment

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GRA­SONVILLE — The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter re­cently grad­u­ated 18 par­tic­i­pants in its premier Le­gacy In­sti­tute for the En­vi­ron­ment also known as LIFE.

The mis­sion of the LIFE pro­gram is to build so­cial cap­i­tal for the en­vi­ron­ment by pro­vid­ing life­long learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and mean­ing­ful stew­ard­ship roles for older adults. Par­tic­i­pants build knowl­edge, skill and re­la­tion­ships through ed­u­ca­tors and sci­en­tists from an ar­ray of en­vi­ron­men­tal agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The pro­gram is free, although graduates are ex­pected to use their new knowl­edge as CBEC vol­un­teers for a year.

This year the class heard speak­ers from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion, the state Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, the MidShore River­keep­ers, the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, the Univer­sity of Mary­land, the Wa­ter­shed Stew­ards Academy, and Queen Anne’s County plan­ning and zon­ing of­fi­cials. They spoke on is­sues such as bay restora­tion, land man­age­ment, and an­i­mal and plant con­ser­va­tion.

The graduates, who will be hon­ored at CBEC’s Septem­ber fund-raiser, in­clude Ellen Mitchell of Gra­sonville; Nancy and Steve Gib­bons of Ch­ester; Julie Car­leton of Gra­sonville; Donna Poin­dex­ter of Gra­sonville; Richard Good­child of Gra­sonville; Ruthann Pip­penger of Ar­ling­ton, VA; Kathy Airel of Ch­ester; Mary Bin­seel of St. Michaels; Fran Peters of Gra­sonville; Wal­ter Flowers of An­napo­lis; Mar­i­lyn Good­son of Ch­ester; Paul Smith of Der­wood; Wil­liam Ha­dyn Roberts Jr. of Gaithersburg; Anne and David Brun­son of Gra­sonville; Kim­berly Gostyla of An­napo­lis and Dolores Reyna of Gra­sonville.

“The LIFE pro­gram of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity for cit­i­zens to learn cur­rent and rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion about the health of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay through en­gag­ing ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions and field ex­pe­ri­ences guided by ex­perts from gov­ern­men­tal and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions,” CBEC Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor Court­ney Leigh said.

More than 135 stew­ards have grad­u­ated from the pro­gram since its in­cep­tion in 2004.

The 9-ses­sion pro­gram takes place at CBEC in March and April. For in­for­ma­tion on the 2017 pro­gram, email Court­ney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestora­tion.org or con­sult CBEC’s web­site at www. bayrestora­tion.org.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The 2016 LIFE class at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter ex­am­ine plant and an­i­mal life in lo­cal wa­ters. Eigh­teen peo­ple re­cently grad­u­ated from the pro­gram.

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