The Power of Exponential Positive Change
March 9, 2021
By Jana Pearce, Visitor Experience Manager
I grew up in the creek behind my house and have an immense amount of gratitude for the peace and simplicity that nature still gives me to this day. As I’ve gotten older I’ve looked for ways I can help give back to the environment to show my appreciation and help preserve what I love – which I know sometimes is easier said than done in this busy day and age!
I’m also a believer in the power of exponential positive change; that our seemingly-small actions as individuals can compound to make a huge difference!
We have three different opportunities to do just that at CNC this spring. There’s something for all ages and interest levels, whether you’re a recycling and composting geek like me, or simply looking for a safe and easy way to help make a difference:
>> Flying Into the Future is our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Family Fun Day that aims to show our visitors the connection between STEM and nature. This year we have two amazing presentations lined up:
The indoor Wings to SOAR program touches on Ornithology (the study of birds, which earns big points with me as a self-proclaimed bird nerd), Biology, and Ecology in a fun, accessible, all ages program. And, oh yeah, you all may be interested to know that they will be flying real live birds of prey!
At the drone presentation you’ll get to see drones up close and personal, and learn from an expert about drone 101 and the amazing applications in wildlife sciences.
We’re also lucky to have some amazing community partners coming out to share even more about science and nature. Reservations are limited, but spots remain. Buy admission tickets or make a member reservation for 3/14 now!
>> EcoTinker Science Stations this year our five science stations all about recycling and consumer science. It is easy to disconnect from our waste because we tend to stop thinking about it the second it disappears into our trash cans. The five stations take you through what can happen to an item when it’s no longer wanted.
We begin at the most common but least desirable outcome. We then move on to learn about the 3 famous but often misunderstood “R”s: reduce, reuse, recycle. We finish up by exploring what innovative work is being done in the field of waste management and consumer science, and how we can apply what we’ve learned in our own homes.
This exhibit is best suited for the 7-11 year old learner, but there are components enjoyable for all ages, especially our big blue Imagination Playground blocks! It’s open daily March 15-May 31 so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit!
>> Last but not least, I’m so proud to tell you about CNC’s first ever E-Waste Recycling Drive! Truth be told, I hadn’t really thought about e-waste, or discarded electronic devices, until I began researching for our EcoTinker Science Stations. Only then did I learn the lifespan of most electronic gadgets have been constantly reducing, and e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in America (about 4% per year). While e-waste only accounts for roughly 2% of trash, it comprises about 70% of the toxic waste we produce, but only 12.5% of it is currently recycled.
Fate stepped in when an old college buddy of mine came out to the center and told me about his new job at eWaste ePlanet, a company with a mission to provide a safe and easy solution to recycle unwanted electronics. The rest was history! Reservations for the drive are recommended but not required and can be made online. I hope to see you there! I’ll be the one in the neon yellow vest!