We had the good fortune to celebrate Mother Earth and Mother’s Day yesterday in a collaboration with the African American Men of Westchester, the Carver Center and Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (SLC CURB). 28 children and more than a dozen parents and chaperones led by George Malone participated in a full morning of environmental workshops.
In preparation for a youth fishing trip next month at City Island, families learned about the health of Long Island Sound from Captain Chris of the Island Current Fleet. Then they found out how the Hudson River is being kept clean thanks to watchful custodians like Jason Muller, SLC CURB Outreach Coordinator. Jason assisted kids in putting together a 20+ ft puzzle of the Hudson River stretched out on the Jay Veranda. Participants were then taught to identify invasive species like garlic mustard, mugwort, ground ivy and multiflora rose as citizen scientists using a new app called iNaturalist in the field with Suzanne Clary.
Last but not least they decorated terracotta pots and planted marigolds to place in a sunny spot on a windowsill at home or plant in their garden.