CBEC hires new nature educator
GRASONVILLE — Karen Bogue of Stevensville is the new nature educator who will manage the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center’s preschool education programs, including “Creepy Crawlers” and “Creepy Crawlers Gardening.”
Bogue is a former pre-K and kindergarten teacher who got her start in environmental education as an intern at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.
“I’ve always had a love of the outdoors and enjoy sharing it with children, and being able to do that at CBEC is a wonderful opportunity for me,” Bogue said. “My goal is to provide the kids with a fun and interesting introduction to elements of nature that they may not get to experience outside of CBEC, and to give them a deeper understanding of the things they do experience ... If I can get even one child to look at spiders, jellyfish and oysters as fascinating instead of icky, I’ll feel I’ve done my job.”
In addition to teaching the monthly nature class, Bogue will lead the rejuvenation of the Creepy Crawler Gardening Program — not only the Creepy Crawler Garden itself, but the curriculum aligned with it, as well.
The garden will get a complete overhaul from top to bottom, including new beds, several plots and other new features. Each bed and plot will be designed with themes, such as “pizza” and “rainbow,” to be entertaining as well as informative for the kids.
The new curriculum will focus on many aspects of gardening, from plant structure and insects, to how to germinate seeds and compost. The children will participate with a hands-on approach in ever y class, which will directly benefit the garden, even in the months when planting outdoors or harvesting isn’t favorable.
“My focus is to encourage the little ones to get dirty and have fun, all the while learning how our food is grown and how the tomato sauce on their pizza actually started on a plant and not in a jar,” Bogue said.
The 2017 Creepy Crawler class themes for both the nature and gardening programs can be found on CBEC’s website at www.bayrestoration.org/ under “Education and Preschool Programs.” Class sizes are limited, and early online registration is recommended.
For more information, email kbogue@bayrestora tion.org or call 240-304-7707.