Want to see what a Sheldrake volunteer environmental educator sees? Anthony Waring is sharing his vision in a photo exhibit at the Sheldrake Environmental Center.
Almost all of the photographs were taken in the areas where Sheldrake Environmental Center educators lead local field trips for elementary school children. Mr. Waring took the photos over the past year to serve as visual aids for classroom teaching, each one representing a topic – color, shape, pattern, life cycle, plant, animal – that might be discussed during a lesson or on a field trip.
Mr. Waring’s journey in nature began at a young age with his grandparents’ encouragement to go out and play in the woods. When he was twelve he discovered a pileated woodpecker – or a “crow in a party hat,” as his mother described it – in his backyard. In his early twenties he lived near and frequented a park in Virginia. At the same time, he worked in the marketing department of an environmental law group. Here, after confessing he had spent his entire life in New York City and had never actually been to a wetland, a coworker and “the expert on wetlands” asked to show Mr. Waring the park near his home. This became an annual event with “the marketing guy” leading a wetlands tour for environmental attorneys.
About a year and a half ago, when Mr. Waring moved to Larchmont with his family, he learned about Sheldrake’s Volunteer Environmental Educator Training Program. He pictured becoming an environmental educator as an excellent way to be involved in his daughter’s elementary school life.
Since graduating from the program, Mr. Waring has not only been leading Sheldrake field trips for the local elementary school children, but has developed a resource center for the benefit of all of Sheldrake environmental educators. The photos in the exhibit are among the various materials available in the resource center.
Meanwhile, Mr. Waring’s daughter, currently a 2nd grade student at Murray Avenue School, is involved in her dad’s environmental calling, acting as a sounding board for field trips, offering suggestions, and even providing artistic help.
This ongoing exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday (except holidays) 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. For further information, please call (914) 834-1443.