Professor Zook’s “Nature and Me” Program Receives Major Private Support
Professor Douglas Zook’s Nature and Me: Explorations in Ecology program will be expanded through a $100K donation from longtime supporter Henry Meyer. The Nature and Me program was founded by Professor Zook, who also directs the program.
The Nature and Me program in recent years has worked with 15 teachers from 10 elementary and middle Boston public schools. Teachers receive an intensive workshop on integrating the Nature and Me curriculum into their school year, followed by the implementation of specific classroom activities and three visits during the school year to the Arnold Arboretum. “Nature and Me has a simple goal – we seek to have children in the city discover trees as their friends. Through research and certainly some common sense, we know now how very important it is for young people to experience and ultimately appreciate Nature. We need to build earth literacy and a real affection for the plants and other life that sustains and potentially guides us,” says Professor Zook.
Communities involved with the Nature and Me program in the past include classrooms from Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, East Boston, and Roslindale.