Happy Earth Day! On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans spoke with one voice on behalf of our home, decrying the worsening state of our environment and calling for greater protections for planet Earth. Since that spring day 51 years ago, more than one billion people and 75,000 partner organizations have helped drive positive action and real change in environmental conditions worldwide – furthering Earth Day’s mission to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
Just about a year before the first Earth Day, Herbert Mills founded The Wetlands Institute to protect, study, and educate people about our coastal ecosystem and the critical need to preserve it. Since that time, we’ve dedicated ourselves to stewarding our little corner of the planet, mentoring tomorrow’s environmental leaders, and lighting the fire of conservation in future generations.
Today, we received word that one of our Summer Nature Program alumna and former volunteers has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct sea turtle research in Honduras. Celina Ceballos, lifelong Avalon resident and current senior at Florida’s Eckerd College, spent a Summer Nature Program here and then volunteered with us for several summers, assisting in terrapin rehab and care, taking part in road patrols, and helping with a variety of terrapin-centered research projects. In receiving this honor, she joins the ranks of Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, and a host of luminaries, and is poised to make her mark in service to planet Earth. And it all started here, with her first Summer Nature Program, an incredible Wetlands educator, and a little turtle. Congratulations, Celina!
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