The library will host environmental education programs this month

After a course on water conservation taught over the summer, the Princeton Library hosts a few classes to educate residents about native conservation and local birds.

The first class will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 at the Lois Nelson Public Library, located at 323 McKinney Ave.

Environmental Education Coordinator Mary Abercrombie said part of her job is to coordinate with local community-oriented organizations to present or organize activities in the city.

“For our upcoming presentations, we have someone from The Nature Conservancy as well as a few people from the Blackland Prairie Texas Master Naturalists,” Abercrombie said.

Classes also align with the Abercrombie Department’s public engagement model by connecting residents to the resources needed to keep the city’s ecosystem healthy.

“The mission of the city’s Department of Environmental Education is to educate and engage the community in sustainable practices and environmental stewardship,” Abercrombie said. “Environmental education helps keep our drinking water clean, our infrastructure running and our city beautiful.”

In September, the library will host a class called “Bringing North Texas Prairies Back to Life” on September 8 and another called “Rare and Colorful Birds of Texas” at 10 a.m. on September 19.

Those who miss the two September classes will have two more opportunities on October 17 and November 7.

The October course is called “Common Wading Birds of North Central Texas” and the November course is “Chirp, Chirp, Who’s There?”

“Hosting these presentations allows residents to come together and learn something new as a community, which is part of the community outreach aspect of our public engagement strategy,” said Abercrombie. “Being on the same page when it comes to environmental issues is the first step to finding a solution.”

For the full story, see the September 1 issue of the Princeton Herald.