Garden City Third Grade Teacher, Marie Sandlin, was recently chosen to participate in the "The Mountains to the Gulf Expedition" sponsored by Legacy Environmental Education. The event held June 18-25 included 20 teachers from throughout Alabama. They traveled across the state for a week with experts in the fields of Geology: Dr. Jim Lacefield, Entomology: Dr. Lori Trolley-Jordan, and Water Conservation: Dr. Bill Deutsch. The journey began at McDowell Environmental Center in Walker County and crisscrossed the state to places such as Little River Canyon, Cheaha State Park, Conecuh River and Dauphin Island. Participating teachers traced the watersheds, explored the geological history of Alabama and traveled into Mobile Bay on the Dauphin Island Research Vessel to learn about some of the environmental issues facing our water systems and the Mobile Bay. The trip concluded back at the McDowell Environmental Center and a trip to the Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site in Walker County.

Teachers attending this workshop were encouraged to use the information gathered during this week to make their students aware of Alabama's unique and rich natural history as well as the many environmental issues currently facing our state.

In today's world of global climate change, carbon footprints, and resource depletion Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, is working to make sense of it all and provide ail Alabamians, especially school children, with balanced, fact-based information they can understand. Since 1992, the organization has trained more than 3,000 Alabama teachers and provided more than $2 million in grants to schools and organizations across the state. Legacy is funded mostly by the purchase of "Protect Our Environment" car tags.

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