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Community Project: The class team consisted of Patricia Whitley, Cathy Wilhelm, and Berlinda Williams-Strong. Earth Day at the Memphis Zoo. To educate, conservate, and entertain zoo customers regarding animal and grounds sustainability. The Players: Goal:
Project team met in preparation for visiting with the Zoo officials to discuss the project and how they will serve on February 17, 2011.
The project team met with Dr. Mullins Nelson, in person due to Skype technical difficulties, on February 17 to discuss our course of action and service campaign layout for the Memphis Zoo Earth Day project.
Team met Zoo officials, Pam Swanson and Bob Hamilton, on February 19, 2011 at the Zoo.
Zoo officials shared draft layout:
* Serve as temporary docents
* Touch Carts were explained
* Assignment locations were discussed
* Zoo Earth Day official date was shared – April 16, 2011
Non-formal education took place for us, as volunteers, as well as the other Zoo visitors.
There was vast diversity regarding ethnicities, cultures, religious beliefs, etc. From Christians to Mennonites were observed as being a part of the visiting crowd.
Everyone was interested in learning about the Zoo animals and Earth Day awareness.
Coursework Connection Communities are not built of friends, or of groups of people with similar styles and tastes, or even of people who like the understand each other. They are built of people who feel they are part of something that is bigger than themselves: a shared goal or enterprise, like righting a wrong, or building a road, or raising children, or living honorably , or worshipping a god. To build community requires only the ability to see value in others; to look at them and see a potential partner in one’s enterprise (8-9). (Dr. Barbara Mullins Nelson, January 28, 2011 discussion board).
We are all responsible, consciously or unconsciously, for the earth and overall sustainability.
We have to reframe from “modes of divine presence,” as described by Catholic monk Thomas Berry. In other words, we elevate ourselves to the position of “God” by treating the earth with no thought of outcomes such as depletion, pollution, or extinction (Loeb, 2010, p. 128).