GREEN SCHOOL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
To West Palm Beach on February 21
(Lake Worth, FL – January 28, 2013) Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, which champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem, today announced that the nonprofit organization is partnering with the City of West Palm Beach to host a special Flotilla and Reception welcoming the third annual Green School National Conference to South Florida.
WHEN & WHERE:
Thursday, February 21
+ 3 to 4:30 p.m. / Flotilla (starting at the Southern Bridge)
+ 4:30 to 6 p.m. / Welcoming Reception by the Waterfront Main Dock in downtown West Palm Beach
Flotilla participants, which will include both local paddlers and Green Schools Conference guests, will paddle in the Intracoastal Waterway from the Southern Bridge to the Main Dock of the Waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach -- approximately 2½ miles. They will be circling around Audubon Island, a habitat that attracts birds and other local wildlife, and will pass the South Cove Natural Area, a major Lake Worth Lagoon restoration project that was recently completed.
Well known Everglades expert and artist Claudine Laabs will be among the distinguished paddlers in the lead canoe.
As the Flotilla approaches the Main Dock, they will be greeted by the sweet voices of the Pine Jog Singers, 49 students from Pine Jog Elementary School, the first LEEDS school in the state of Florida.
Also on hand to cheer the arriving Flotilla will be a variety of community leaders, local elected officials, educators and nature preservationists, along with members of the general public.
“Following the Welcoming Reception, we hope everyone will enjoy the Waterfront Interpretive Installation, the creative vision expressing the story of the Lake Worth Lagoon, what it encompasses today and what it has encompassed in the past,” added Mrs. Marshall.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
“The public is invited to participate in both the Flotilla and the Welcoming Reception,” said Mrs. Marshall. “Admission to the reception by the Waterfront’s Main Dock is complimentary to everyone who has made a minimum $15 donation to the Marshall Foundation in 2013.
The deadline to register as a Flotilla paddler or to RSVP for the Welcoming Reception is February 12. For more information, please call the Marshall Foundation at 561.233.9004 or register online at www.artmarshall.org.
About the Green Schools National Network:
The national conference is a project of the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), which advances the national green and healthy schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations.
The Green Schools National Network is nationally recognized as the premier partner in advancing collaboration to integrate a green and healthy culture in schools to ensure that current and future generation of students are environmentally literate as well as practice and promote sustainability in their community. For more information, please visit www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org.
About the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades:
Based in Palm Beach County, the Marshall Foundation champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 25,000 elementary and high school students in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Foundation's various education programs.
Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization has in recent years awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects.
For more information about the Marshall Foundation, please call 561.233.9004 or visit www.artmarshall.org.
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