Monday, April 18, 2016

Highlights for the week ending April 16th

Climate change curricular lessons
This semester we are devoting our curricular lessons in schools to the critical topic of climate change.  As part of the initiative, this week our Educational Manager Javier Cardona, and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Helen Angell, facilitated climate change curricular lessons for public school students at the Pachín Marín School in Hato Rey; Juan Ponce de León School, and República de Colombia School in Río Piedras. Through a mask creation workshop, the students learned about the estuary, its flora, fauna, and the effects of climate change to our tropical ecosystem.

Kids in the community of Piñones learned about cartography, zero waste, and vermicompost
As part of our ongoing community capacity building initiative, on April 13th, twenty-three (23) students from the Emiliano Figueroa School of Piñones took three (3) workshops offered by our VISTA volunteers and contractors.  Ysabel Díaz offered a cartography workshop where she presented the results of a pollution identification mapping project that is taking place within our watershed; Rosana Betancourt presented a Zero Waste model; and our geographer Roberto Morales did a vermicompost workshop.  This initiative is part of our  Estuary Guardians School Program.

Active participation on the First Jobos Bay Mangrove Festival
An exciting new event that took place in one of our key estuarine partner's watershed during this weekend was the Jobos Bay Mangrove Festival ("Festival del Manglar").   Our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers Laura Fidalgo, Ysabel Díaz, Diana Ferro, and Laura Horta attended several workshops and performed bird census on this National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Their participation in these workshops served to expand their knowledge of different estuarine environments and community involvement in Jobos Bay.  April 15th, 2016.

Community Capacity Building Event  
On April 16th we welcomed into our office 30 citizens interested in learning about non-profit corporations in our community capacity-building workshop named "El ABC de las Corporaciones Sin Fines de Lucro (CSFL) ("The ABC of Nonprofit Organisations").  Our VISTA volunteers Marina Moscoso and Victoria Solero coordinated the workshop that was offered by students of the Corporate Law Clinic of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and their professor, Manuelita Muñoz Rivera. During the event, they discussed all aspects of the creation and operation of a non-profit organization. The participants also received information on funds availability and the basics of proposal writing, information provided by our grant writer, Isabel Rosa. This capacity building activity is part of the efforts of our VISTA team who is currently working in the development of several economic opportunities and strategies to overcome poverty in our communities through environmental stewardship.

Educacional booth
In this week, we continued our outreach education
initiatives through the setup of educational booth in different events. This time in the “Feria Para La Naturaleza” from the Para la Naturaleza Organization at Muñoz Rivera Park in San Juan.  Our volunteers received hundreds of visitors that learned about the Estuary and its ecological richness.

Green Flag for the Condado Lagoon
This week, enterococcus readings for the Condado Lagoon complied with the federal standard. Here's the link to the report:


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