Earth Day in February Environmental Symposium Recap

Fifth Grade Problem Solvers

Shauna McCranie, NES Talented and Gifted Program, introduced the fifth grade Problem Solvers, who performed their clean-up skit. (More photos in slideshow at end of article.)

Preservation and protection were the common themes at the Earth Day in February environmental symposium program sponsored by the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS), Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Heathsville United Methodist Church.

The program featured 10 presentations by Northern Neck organizations representing a full range of objectives and projects. Representatives from a lineup of non-profits, a federal service, and a large Northumberland County business gave attendees an overview of their environmental programs and initiatives. The message delivered over and over was similar. According to NAPS the objectives were to underscore the need for environmental groups to share information and as a result, make Earth Day every day.

Early in the program the audience of about 60 people was treated to a performance of a skit written, costumed, and performed by fifth graders from the Northumberland Elementary School Problem Solvers. Introduced by Shauna McCranie, head of NES Talented and Gifted Program, the plot set in a rain forest demonstrated how the good side solved the trash program against the bad side trash makers. Last year, the Problem Solvers practiced what they preached, cleaning up a beach and joining the NAPS creek clean-up, said McCranie.

The NAPS creek clean-up project was described by NAPS President Mike Ahart. He expanded on the theme by discussing the environmental harm of plastic bags that on average are only in use for 12 minutes before being discarded. He showed a slide of the reusable NAPS shopping bag that all of the attendees received at the event.

The message from Kim Schmidt, a Marine Biologist for the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, was how groups can take advantage of the museum’s facilities and knowledge base. Noting that the museum is in its 30th year of honoring the Northern Neck’s marine heritage, she listed the facilities on land and water, including an outdoor performance venue and an auditorium.

Schmidt stressed “Location, Location, Location.” With docks, creeks, the Bay, and shoreline, environmental opportunities abound for groups to visit, including children. She announced that the museum will hold Clean the Bay Day on June 3, 2018. “Come visit us,” Schmidt concluded.