he Biscayne Nature Center EarthKeepers Club will be creating gifts that keep on giving when they meet Saturday, December 7.
In keeping with the spirit of holiday sharing, club members will be preparing small potted vegetable gardens that will be given to Lotus House, a homeless women’s shelter in Miami. Once the plants are ready for transplanting, club members will deliver them to the shelter on another day and offer instructions on growing healthy vegetables.
The group will meet from 9 a.m. until noon at the Nature Center.
The environmental club was started by Key Biscayne K-8 Center 5th-grade student Daelyn Einhorn. Since then, the club has been adopted by the Biscayne Nature Center as a formal program. The president of the Biscayne Nature Center Junior Naturalist EarthKeepers Club is its founder, Einhorn.
Einhorn has also been named the Biscayne Nature Center’s first junior spokesperson. In this position she carries to younger students the conservation ideals held by the late Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the legendary founder of both the Biscayne Nature Center and Friends of the Everglades.
Through programming, events and interactive adventures, the Junior Naturalists’ club teaches students about the local ecosystem and how to better care for the planet.
The club has a $1 membership fee, while participation in individual events is $20.
“The club will have a regional impact, as it is seeking ambassadors from schools throughout Miami-Dade County to implement the programs in their local areas,” said BNC Executive Director Theodora Long.
The next EarthKeepers adventure will be February 8, 2014 when students will drag nets through the seagrass.
For more information on Saturday’s meeting or about joining the Biscayne Nature Center Junior Naturalists EarthKeepers Club, call the center at 305-361-6767.
The Nature Center is asking that all who are attending Saturday’s club meeting bring bottle caps for an upcoming recycled art project. All sized caps are needed.