Question: What are the top 5 things you would like to see changed in Charlottesville/Albemarle that would make our community better? (Part 1 of 5)

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Environmental Education 

By Devin Floyd

Devin Floyd, Executive Director of Center for Urban Habitats, was asked to represent the environmental faction of the Charlottesville Area community in a feature article in the Cville Weekly newspaper. Along with other representatives of various factions of society, he contributed short responses to the following question:

“What are the top 3 things you would like to see changed in Charlottesville/Albemarle that would make our community better?”

Devin responded with five. We will feature these responses as 5 separate blog posts over the coming weeks. 

I would like to see schools not only put a greater emphasis on the arts and sciences, but afford our youth opportunities to leave the classroom and learn more about local natural history. The more they get the chance to explore the plants, animals, and ecosystems that they share the land with, the more informed and compassionate they will be as stewards of the natural world. This can’t happen in the classroom, and it can’t happen without directly engaging the wild, taking some risks, and making constructive mistakes on a path toward learning. Place-based learning builds knowledge in a personal way. A child must be allowed the chance to get close enough to a salamander to see their own reflection in its eyes. And there, a love for learning can emerge, and a steward is born.