Part of our mission at Tyler Arboretum is to help connect people to the natural world.
We believe that in those moments of connection, we learn something new, about ourselves and about the wild and wonderful planet that we call home.
Those moments of connection, whether they happen in a garden, in the woods, or in a classroom have the potential to inspire a lifetime of environmental stewardship, help you discover a new interest, and even connect to you a potential vocation.
In fact, I can trace my own personal career back to one of those moments with Briar Bush Nature Center. I was in third grade and I was having a Very Important Day. On this day, towards the end of the school year, Briar Bush was visiting my grade school with one of their animal programs. We were crowded into our old gymnasium, seated in rows on the scuffed wooden floor. It was 90 degrees out and the air inside was hot and charged with excitement. Summer was coming and there were animals on stage.
We were very quiet, we had been instructed to keep calm and still so that we wouldn’t scare the animals. I remember almost not breathing as I watched the educator on stage take out a box turtle to show us.