BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 523

BLM Helps Make the World a Little Greener

The BLM joined 60 other organizations and agencies earlier this month for the Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair. Approximately 2,000 young people, teachers and their families gathered for the event, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia. There they discovered dozens of hands-on activities, ready-to-use lesson ideas, and useful resources for educating the next generation. (text continues below)

a laughing man puts his hand under a snake held by a smiling woman
BLM volunteer Dee Dechert introduces Slytherin the gopher snake to docent Jim Robbins from Amigos De Bolsa Chica.

This year's theme, Going Green Together, covered everything from solar energy, to garden-themed relay races, to live animals. BLM California Desert District Outreach Representative Barbara Croonquist and BLM Volunteer Dee Dechert introduced visitors to the BLM with nine live reptiles of Southern California. Many "Oohs" and "Aahs" could be heard from kids seeing animals up-close and personal, often for the first time in their lives. Most urban Southern Californians, unfamiliar with the BLM and its mission, expressed astonishment at the diversity of resources that the agency manages -- including the California Coastal National Monument.

Judging by the happy reactions of both young and old, the hundreds of questions to answer -- and the exclamations of "I didn't know that!" – the event proved a huge success. Among the trees, flowers, insects, and peacocks of the arboretum, BLM helped to make the world a little greener and a whole lot more interesting.

a grinning young girl holds a snake
Poss Wasson gets to know Tommie the kingsnake.

- Barbara Croonquist, public contact representative, BLM California Desert District (March 14, 2012)

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