Queen's University

Teacher recognized for dedication

 
2009-06-01

Faculty of Education professor Diane Lawrence has been recognized for her dedication to the Kingston Field Naturalists’ youth program with the 2008 Richards Education Award from Ontario Nature.
The volunteer coordinator has worked with the group’s junior and teen programs for 28 years.
In describing why she believes in natural history education, Professor Lawrence says, "Young children have an innate curiosity about the world around them. In the face of so many environmental problems, in our increasingly electronic world it is so important for us to keep that sense of natural wonder alive. I look forward to my continued involvement with the KJN and KFN in the future."
The junior program consists of 50, six to 12-year-olds who meet twice monthly indoors and once a month in the field. The Teen Naturalists meet once a month in the field. Professor Lawrence. helps plan activities for both groups which emphasize hands-on experiences in the natural environment. These activities are very enjoyable for the young naturalists as well as for the university students who help as junior leaders.
For more information about the Kingston Field Naturalists, contact Anne Robertson, n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca, 613-389-6742 or visit www.kingstonfieldnaturalists.org

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