Scholars and Scones, Connecting with Nature: Vitamin N

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock NC 28605

A suggested donation of $5

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Elizabeth Denton BairdOn Thursday, September 22, at 11.00 a.m., Elizabeth Denton Baird, the Chief of School and Lifelong Education at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, will present a program about exploring the outdoors.

The program will complement BRAHM’s exhibition Time + Terrain, an outstanding collection of paintings by Elizabeth Bradford that focus on wild places outside. Just as these paintings give us fresh eyes to see nature, time outside gives us new ways to see the world. When is the last time you explored a trail? Played in a creek? Stopped to pick up a rock? How did it make you feel? Why is time in nature important for everyone, from our youngest children through adults? National efforts, including Take a Child Outside Week (which was started in North Carolina), provide ways to reconnect with the outdoors. Research has documented the benefits of time outside — from the way our brains are activated by a walk in nature, to a reduction in childhood obesity, to an increase in empathy for each other. Baird will explore ways to deepen our understanding of the impacts of time outside, and she will also create a space for reflecting on our own experiences in the outdoors.

As Chief of School and Lifelong Education at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Baird is accustomed to sharing science with students, teachers, and the general public across the state and around the world. Baird and her staff deliver programs at the Museum, on school grounds and in the field. Since 2001, she has participated in deepwater corals research, providing the education and outreach for an ongoing collaboration. This work received a “Partners in Conservation” Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to leading an annual teacher workshop to Belize, Baird founded international Take A Child Outside week, which is held September 24 through 30 every year. The 2010 recipient of the Environmental Educator of the year from the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, she has a BS in biology from Salem College and a MS in science education from North Carolina State University.

Scholars and Scones will take place Thursday, September 22, at 11 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 for admission to the talk, and complimentary locally-roasted coffee will be provided by Hatchet Coffee Company along with fresh, locally-baked sweets.

Photo credits: Photo by Juan Pons