Student across the county enjoy “adventures” in environmentalism

November 11, 2013 by  

The Junior Naturalist EarthKeepers Club recently held the first meeting of its second year with more than 20 kids from numerous schools across Miami-Dade in attendance.

Members of the club enjoyed the first of this season’s “adventures”, which is what they call their forays to understand and protect the natural world. At the first meeting, adventures included a sandcastle-building contest, water-quality testing, and a beach cleanup, as well as time spent enjoying the nature center’s touch tank. Club members touched, held, and learned about biscuits, urchins, and sea stars under the guidance of 23-year-old John Rella, a naturalist guide.

Incredibly, the group was set up in September 2012 by Dailyn Einhorn, who is still only 11 years old, as she was concerned about the environment. In addition to her position as president and founder of the club, she has also been nominated The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center’s junior spokesperson.

Many of the clubs activities would lend themselves well to postcard printing and could be sold at the Nature Center. Last year, the club participated in five adventures. Among these were a beach cleanup, where a local artist turned the trash into a large whale sculpture and both shark and squid dissections.

This year, the club anticipates a film festival, seagrass adventure, and a planting day. The membership fee is $1 with each adventure costing $20 per student. Adventures can usually accommodate 15 to 25 children and are open to kids of all ages, although those under 8 must be accompanied by a guardian.