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November 26, 2008 > Save our environment with Tri-City Ecology Center

Save our environment with Tri-City Ecology Center

By Meenu Gupta

The growing urban infrastructure poses a threat to the natural habitat. Since 1971 Tri-City Ecology Center (TCEC) has been actively protecting our natural environment. The non-profit volunteer-led organization has established a local recycling center and protected Tri-city watersheds and wetlands amongst its varied efforts to preserve the environment.

Recently, the center donated six binoculars and three microscopes to the City of Fremont's Recreation Department. "The $390 donation came as a result of an Eco-Grant application by Park Ranger Sandy Ferriera. The funds came from a $2500 NUMMI grant," said Donna H. Olsen, member of the center. TCEC has provided this equipment for Fremont's Central Park kids' programs. "The microscopes and binoculars will be used to teach children about nature, biodiversity and the natural world around them," said Ferriera. "As you know opportunities to teach children hands-on leaves a lasting and indelible impression." Other Eco-Grants have gone to an Eagle Scout project at Ardenwood Historic Farm and an Earth Day event at Irvington High School.

There are various ways in which we can lend support to maintain the natural resources that promise us a good quality of life - clean water and fresh air. Use cloth bags instead of plastic bags, conserve energy and water, and make a donation to the ecology center. You can join the center by completing the membership application available online. TCEC members receive the Eco-Logic Newsletter suggesting ways you can get involved in environmental issues.

As a parent or teacher you can provide ecological education to children. Contact the center to learn more about their outreach programs, or if you are interested in applying for a Youth Eco-Grant. "We need volunteers for help in our garden, which is now ten years old at the Local History Museum. The garden needs an ongoing monthly crew to keep it up. Please join us the second Saturday of each month at 190 Anza St. in Fremont from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon," said Ms. Olsen. Students can get credit for their high school service hours requirement by choosing some volunteer activities. Let's take a step to nurture our environment so that it continues to nurture us.

Tri-City Ecology Center
(510) 793-6222

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