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Dunwoody Nature Center to grow natural leaders
by Noreen Cochran
April 03, 2013 09:49 AM | 2080 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>From left, Dunwoody Nature Center Director of Education David Boyd and Executive Director Alan Mothner outside at the nature center.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, Dunwoody Nature Center Director of Education David Boyd and Executive Director Alan Mothner outside at the nature center.
Whether they want to balance development and preservation, or cut down on traffic congestion to eliminate pollution, or find another niche, future leaders may be attending the inaugural Leadership-in-Training and Environmental Stewardship program for teens at Dunwoody Nature Center.

The application deadline for rising ninth to 12th graders is April 15 and, like taxes, it takes plenty of paperwork.

Students must answer essay questions about their inspirations, challenges and favorite subjects.

References will reflect on traits like motivation, communication skills, enthusiasm and a sense of humor.

Successful applicants will spend the week of June 10 at Brook Run Park, learning how to harness their natural leadership skills for the good of the environment.

“The goal is to make them aware of the environmental issues that impact the local community,” Director of Education David Boyd said. “The ultimate goal is to make them more aware of the environment and make them better stewards.”

Boyd said in return for free tuition, applicants should prepare to spend a week helping camp counselors.

The 16 attendees may find camp counseling is made easier by their new skill set — or not.

“We don’t do LITES to train our junior counselors,” Boyd said. “It’s different from other leadership programs. We didn’t want this to be self-serving for our purposes.”

Executive Director Alan Mothner said the payoff may be years down the road.

“The more we can get the future leaders of tomorrow interested in environmental issues, the better,” he said.

“We really want to make people aware of how they impact the natural world.”

Mothner said he was confident at least 16 applicants will fill the bill.

“More and more these days, you see schools that have environmental programs. We made requests of schools to identify candidates,” he said.

If they do not make the headcount, they will plow forward anyway.

“If we don’t fill all 16 slots this first year, we’ll learn what we need to do going forward,” Mothner said. “We’ll repeat this in the future. This won’t just be a one-time thing.”

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is a sponsor.


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