Event Details

  • March 4, 2021
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Free


Event Description

Jonathan Marchal, director of education, North Carolina Arboretum, has a rapt, young audience.

On Feb. 4, the Sierra Club presents Jonathan Marchal, director of education for The North Carolina Arboretum, who will discuss how the Arboretum is “walking the walk” as it applies to conservation and ecological education. Marchal will introduce the Arboretum’s new Willow Pond outdoor classroom and garden space, explaining how it will be used to teach tens of thousands of visitors each year about the importance of biodiversity and stormwater management. He also will discuss the Arboretum’s other education programs including the Blue Ridge Naturalist certification; ecoEXPLORE, a family citizen science program that he created; and Project EXPLORE, a citizen science teacher training program Register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KsJs5j9xRs6GDVGmklFtgg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This event is free and open to the public. Marchal joined the Youth Education program at its inception in 2005 and began serving as the Director of Education in early 2020. Recently selected Naturalist of the Year by the Blue Ridge Naturalist Network, Former president of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, he holds a master’s degree in park, recreation and tourism management, a bachelor’s of arts in ecology and an associate of applied science in recreation and wildlife management. Previously, Jonathan worked for the National Park Service, North Carolina State Parks, Trout Unlimited and several Boy Scout summer camps. A certified Environmental Educator and Eagle Scout, Jonathan has been recognized by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association for his exceptional service to science education. He is an avid user of iNaturalist, a free, online naturalist community, and strongly advocates engaging people of all ages in citizen science. Marchal resides in Black Mountain with his wife Sarah and their children, Harper, 8, and Bruce, 6. For more information, contact Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, (828) 683-2176.

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