BATAVIA – During the season of giving, Fermilab Natural Areas, a nonprofit group that helps restore the natural areas on the campus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, donated environmental education books and materials to the laboratory’s Lederman Science Center on Dec. 21.
The materials were purchased with a grant from the Nature Conservancy’s Volunteer Stewardship Network. The donation includes field guides for Fermilab docents to use during tours, and Spanish-language nature books for visiting students.
“Every year, the Lederman Science Center hosts thousands of students who visit Fermilab to experience and learn in the ecosystems found on site,” said Spencer Pasero, head of the Fermilab Office of Education and Public Outreach, which manages the center, in a news release. “We are very grateful to Fermilab Natural Areas for donating these materials, which will enrich that experience for these students and their teachers.”
The Lederman Science Center welcomes more than 4,000 visitors each year and more than 3,000 students for ecology-themed field trips, and is the site for the annual Fermilab Outdoor Fair, during which dozens of local students learn about the Fermilab ecosystems. Among the donated materials are numerous field guides to birds, butterflies, moths and beetles of North America, many of which are in Spanish.
“The Education Office is grateful to Fermilab Natural Areas for donating these much needed resources,” said Maureen Hix, staff member at the science center, in the release. “These wonderful guidebooks will facilitate our life science field trips and give support to our docent staff and also provide the opportunity to engage Spanish-speaking students in our outdoor educational activities.”
Fermilab Natural Areas is an all-volunteer network that depends on membership, donations and grants to fund its operations. To learn more about its work, visit fermilabnaturalareas.org.