The little environmental foundation that could
My guests on this episode have got my attention for several good reasons:
I admire the environmental work they do in promoting the restoration and preservation of a natural resource in my own community of Carlsbad, California. And I’m eager to help them succeed in their mission by starting a podcast about specific aspects of the ecosystem and their role in it, like their Monarch butterfly program.
Lisa Rodman is the CEO and Samantha Richter is the COO of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation.
The foundation’s centerpiece is the Discovery Center, an interactive exhibit geared towards educating children about the ecology of the lagoon. Teachable subjects include flora and fauna, water conservation, aquafarming, astronomy, and Native culture. They established the Academy of Environmental Stewardship to educate the next generation of environmentalists.
A core mission of their trail walks and restoration program is to teach guests of all ages to appreciate and preserve the nature that is all around us.
Other initiatives and activities include recruiting volunteers, planning events, and, of course, fundraising through corporate and individual membership programs.
An example of the kind of success they can achieve: The foundation raised $8 million to eradicate a “killer algae” that threatened the viability of the lagoon.
The Agua Hedionda Foundation’s podcast “Nature All Around Me” < can be found there.
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Dope Digging by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial (3.0) license.
Program notes by Dave Herndon.