Environmental Literacy

This year Naples Library was awarded $4,775 through the Rochester Regional Library Breakthru Grant.


The title of our grant project is A Sense of Place: Nature Journaling in the Age of Climate Change. This project is an educational opportunity that caters to various age groups with the same objective of building personal connections with the natural world through the use of nature journaling, observation, and data collection for participation with on-line citizen science phenology programs (phenology is the study of seasonal migrations, budding, flowering and other cycles related to climate.) Selections of age appropriate readings on environmental literature by nature writers is part of the awareness raising and thought provoking journey into place-based journaling.

Events will include:

Nature Journaling in the Time of Climate Change- Recording Seasonal Changes: When do the dragonflies begin to troop up for migration? Which trees might be turning color already? How do we identify and record what we see? Come to tune in, sketch, or simply take notes of your observations. The first events will include FREE blank journals for registered and qualifying participants. We will meet at the Naples Library, but plan to go outside! Recommended ages 10 and up. See Facebook Event listings for dates and times.

Environmental Literacy Book Discussions: Join local writer, educator and environmentalist Angela Cannon as she discusses the books Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (September,) In Search of Nature by E.O. Wilson (October,) Thoreau and Me by Mark Holdren (November,) and The Overstory by Richard Powers (January.) See Facebook Event listings for dates and times. 

Paint kits available

Paint Kits are now available to check out at Naples Library as well!

Programs will be presented by Angela Cannon.  Angela, environmental educator and writer, Sense of Place primary developer and educator. BIO: Cannon has over 25 years of experience leading nature awareness programs. She currently teaches Environmental Science and tutors writing at Finger Lakes Community College and is a Forest School instructor for young children at Cumming Nature Center. She also teaches primitive skill camps and creative writing for youth through Earth Works and Writers & Books. She holds a M.S. in environmental education and interpretation from UW-Stevens Point and undergraduate degrees in ecology and environmental science. Her publications include a novel, a children’s book, a non-fiction book on herbs and seasonal activities, as well as numerous articles and essays. She has co-developed several curriculum, most recently a 2014, 5th grade program funded through the Finger Lake Museum on seeds, soil, and hydroponic growing. When not mentoring writing or teaching, she can be found tracking bird calls up local waterfall gullies with her dog, attempting to ride her roguish pony, or out gathering materials to make whimsical baskets and wild teas.