CBEC hires new na­ture ed­u­ca­tor

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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.

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