ELC to cohost “A Sense of Place” national workshop

Vero Beach, Fla. — The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is cohosting a workshop with nature centers across the country to explore what it means to be connected to a place. Four nature centers around the U.S. will host readings, lead discussions and join in on stories of how we’re all connected to the land we call home. 

The four nature centers participating in this workshop are:

Montana Audubon Center in Billings Montana

The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio

The Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach, Florida

Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico

The term sense of place has been used to describe how people think and feel about the surroundings in which they live or frequent. Thoughts and feelings about a place may be happy and exciting which allow us to establish a strong attachment to our surroundings. Other places may trigger feelings of anxiety or fear due to previous negative experiences. 

This workshop will inspire viewers to think about how they are connected with the land they call home, and what makes it special and unique. Join this workshop to discover what it means to have a sense of place as we learn about ecosystems around the country through curated readings, lively discussions, and by sharing stories about the land we call home. 

These nature centers will discuss our connection with the land, learn about different ecosystems and share our own experiences. This event will consist of readings in natural history that are provided before each of the five virtual meetings. Participants are encouraged to read and engage in the conversation. 

Event dates in 2021:

February 11, 18, 25

March 4, 11 

Starting at 11:00 am MST / 1:00 pm EST

The ELC will lead the Mar 4, 2021, 11:00 MST – 1:00 EST event. Once you sign up, you will receive the reading selections in pdf (most environmentally friendly) or mailed (if preferred) in order to participate in this event.

The registration fee is $25 per person for the entire series of all 5 sessions.

More information and registration: https://www.discoverelc.org/post/a-sense-of-place-national-workshop

The Environmental Learning Center is a 64-acre 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental education and nature center. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.

The ELC is located in Vero Beach at the western base of the Wabasso Bridge and is open seven days a week to serve the community through field trips, camps, year-round programs for youth and adults, nature art displays and more. ELC’s campus includes a 1,500 gallon aquarium and touch tank, butterfly garden, native plant garden, children’s play areas, miles of boardwalks & trails, as well as watersports and pontoon boat eco-ventures that help increase access to nature for people of all ages.

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