The City of Danbury’s Health Department has partnered with Danbury Public Schools to offer the first Environmental Education Day (EEDAY 2013.) in our community. Four third grade classrooms from South Street and Shelter Rock School will participate in a variety of events between 9 a.m. and noon on the Still River Greenway.
"It's our first. It's something we've been working on for nearly a year," said Greenway Consultant Jack Kozuchowski. Kozuchowski said students will visit five stations and at one learn about fish, at a second about hawks, eagles, or falcons, at the third learn about tiny animals that live in mud, at the fourth learn about the river itself and at the fifth hear environmental story-telling.
"You tell a story to interest kids in the environment," said Kozuchowski, who will be running the river section of the morning.
Several organizations will conduct activities in five locations on the Greenway including;
The Housatonic Valley Association which will collect sediments from the bottom of the River, the CT Department of Environmental Protection – Fisheries Unit will collect fish for students to look at, Kozuchowski along the River’s floodplain, and Environmental Educator Doreen Barr will provide story telling along the River. In addition, the Sharon Audubon Center will conduct demonstrations with live hawks, eagles and falcons.
Mayor Boughton explained, “The Still River Greenway was been created for several purposes, including environmental education. We hope that EEDay 2013 will be the first of many outdoor learning events for years to come, and that Danbury’s students will inherit the legacy of this revitalized natural resource.”
Awarded the State’s Greenway award in 2002, The Still River Greenway was created over the course of 15 years. The Greenway celebrates the revitalization of the Still River after centuries of environmental abuse. The City of Danbury collaborated with the Still River Alliance to create the Greenway, which fully opened in 2010. The Still River Alliance was created in 1996 as an organization dedicated to creating, promoting and maintaining the Greenway.