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Local Environmentalist to Examine Role of Nature
In Child Development Nov. 16 at MCCC


West Windsor, N.J. - Jeff Hoagland, education director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and director of Building Environmental Education Solutions, Inc., will address the impact of the great outdoors on youngsters in his talk, "A Sense of Wonder - The Role of Nature in Child Development and Environmental Stewardship," on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 12 noon to 1 p.m., at Mercer County Community College. Free and open to the public, his talk is offered as part of Mercer's Fall 2010 Distinguished Lecture Series and takes place in the Communications Building, CM 109, on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Hoagland, a lifelong naturalist, has been sharing his passion for the natural world for more than 25 years, leading workshops and programs for teachers, students and the public. Hoagland's love of nature began with his earliest encounters with spiders, mushrooms and gophers as a toddler in California. Dedicated to sharing his fascination with children, he is particularly interested in aquatic ecology, wild edible plants, and the music of nature.

Jeff Hoagland of the Stony
Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Hoagland will introduce his topic with words from the late Rachel Carson, known as the founder of the contemporary environmental movement, and conclude with an examination of the role of the natural world in all our lives.

Hoagland earned a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management - Wildlife Science from Rutgers University and has received numerous honors and distinctions for his environmental leadership, including the Patricia F. Kane Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Education from the Alliance for Environmental Education and the Patricia F. Kane Environmental Education Award for Excellence from the New Jersey Audubon Society.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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