The Kids Ecology Corps Mission: To inspire young people and their families to make environmental action part of their everyday lives!
Daisy Miller and Leonard Solomon founded Kids Ecology Corps in 1998 based on the belief that educating children about their environment was key to saving the planet. Daisy and Leonard along with other environmental mavericks of their day launched the Green Movement in South Florida.
KEC has reached over 100,000 young people from Pre-k through high school, offering unique hands-on presentations and eco-action programs that educate and inspire children, families and the community. KEC has delivered thousands of events, eco-adventures and traditional classroom experiences. They are sometimes physically demanding;
Planting native trees, clearing non-native species, establishing and rebuilding coastal mangrove sites, building and maintaining nature trails and an amazing Butterfly Garden in Fort Lauderdale’s Living Laboratory Snyder Park, Home Office to Kids Ecology Corps. These activities are reinforced with exciting educational programs and engaging hands-on community service projects for kids and their families. Together they learn about the environment, nature and the interconnectedness of all living things.
SNYDER PARK BUTTERFLY GARDEN STORY 2013 – 2016
Visitors tell us it’s the best public Butterfly Garden in Broward County!
Our free to the public, popular, lush and tranquil urban Butterfly Garden created in partnership with The City of Fort Lauderdale 2013 is located just minutes from the Airport.
Our mission was to create a home for the endangered Monarch Butterfly, the exotic Zebra Longing Butterfly, the Yellow Sulfur, the Atala and other Florida butterflies such as the White Peacock, Giant Swallowtail, Atala, Julia, Cassius Blue, Gulf Fritillary, Queen and Cloudless Sulphur.
The Butterfly Garden is a habitat for people too. Picnic tables and benches in shaded areas make it easy to relax and enjoy watching the dancing butterflies. Come early in the morning and you’ll likely to see countless butterflies resting on their host plants that provide them a place to lay their eggs and feast on flowering nectar plants that provide the food to insure their survival!
MLK Day of Service
Broward College awarded $190,000 to 42 community groups for the 2nd Annual Broward College MLK Day of Service. These service awards helped nonprofits and community organizations create impactful projects in the community and honored Dr. King’s legacy of non-violent activism, racial equality, service to others and social uplift.
Kids Ecology Corps and Partners, Lindsey Nieratka, Broward College educator, City of Fort Lauderdale Neighbor Volunteer Office, Chief Service Officer, Jorg Hruschka, Sherry Bynes, FAU Educator, and Hands on Broward and their MLK Volunteer Team are the proud recipients of a 2016 Broward College Grant to honor the life and work Martin Luther King, Jr. The grant provided a volunteer service learning opportunity for children and their families, students and community members from all walks of life to join together in service to help “Save One Little Fish at a Time.”
In the spirit of honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., under the direction of Eco Artist Susie Q Wood, using the plastic found on the beach, 83 volunteers came together to create “Sea Life Matters”, the collaborative art work you see below. Susie will have an exhibition of her Eco Art in April at Fort Lauderdale City Hall. Be sure to stop by to see the artwork Kids Ecology Corps volunteers created – Joan Starr, CEO Kids Ecology Corps.
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For additional information please contact Joan Starr: email@example.com 561 866-6757
KIDS ECOLOGY CORPS AT SNYDER PARK
in Partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale
“FAMILIES THAT GROW TOGETHER,” Gardening In Small Spaces
A Three Part Saturday Family Workshop Series
LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD AT HOME!
Environmental Educator Rachel Bissonette M.Ed. and
Master Gardener Linda Shneyer will show you how!
Enjoy family time outdoors in nature.
Explore the relationship between people and nature and the
interconnectedness of all living things.
Work as a team!
Make new Friends!
raised beds and in special grow bags too!
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT JOAN STARR: firstname.lastname@example.org 561 866-6757
THE “WATERSHED TO THE REEF” PROJECT
Teacher Training – June 27th, 2015
As part of a working partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (DEP SEFCRI) KEC is launching an extensive and in-depth educational all day teachers training workshop on June 27th, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale to support Broward County elementary school educators in creating great lesson plans for their students.
A variety of SEFCRI selected reference books, dvd’s and lesson plans along with coral reef replicas for hands on demonstration purposes will be used throughout the workshop. Those materials are similarly contained in a SEFCRI traveling educational trunk available to Public School teachers upon request at the workshop.
KEC is fortunate to have expert presenters. Lou Fisher, retired Broward County Marine Biologist with 35 years experience in diving and conducting coral reef research, Lindsey Nieratka, M.S. with degrees in biology, anthropology, and environmental studies with over 5 years of environmental education experience. Morgan Romero, American Heritage School intern and Master Research Diver assists.
Four Beach Clean-Up Events – October to December 2014
In partnership with The City of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Beach Business Improvement District (BID)
250 community service volunteers cleared almost 600 pounds of debris
from South Fort Lauderdale Beaches in a total of four hours. Pretty amazing!
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“KIDS DIG IT!”
EDIBLE GARDEN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
2015 one year pilot project at Snyder Park
April 1st, April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd, Earth Day.
Home Schoolers Build a Butterfly attracting Herb Spiral Garden.
Dixie Lee Hedrington’s, FRIENDS AND STARS, home school parents and kids participate in a four-part program working with Master Environmental Educator Rachel Bissonette to build the first of many gardens in the park. Together they learn about nature and the interconnectedness of all living things.
Kids Ecology Corps “Recycle, Re-use, Renew” Earth Day Event at Citrix
April 23, 2015
Employees accompany their children
to a morning of creating hats from
recycled newspaper and
repurposed decorative materials.
Trash To Treasure Executive Director Nanette Saylor joined Kids Ecology Corps Board of Director members Sally Oken, Liz Shapiro and CEO Joan Starr for an intense, working as fast as we could, exciting morning. Jo Moskowitz joined in the fun and got big hugs.