Kayla Phillips, Program and Special Events Coordinator for the Town of Aberdeen completed her NC Environmental Education Certification just in time for Earth Day, April 22, 2021!
Kayla coordinates summer camps, festivals, senior citizens classes and other exciting outreach events for the town. She is now working to incorporate environmental education programming into the town’s offerings.
When asked about her favorite part of the certification program, Kayla said it was all of the amazing places she was able to visit including a weekend at the Bald Head Island Conservancy that really stood out for her.
For her community partnership project, Kayla created a Story Map for Harris Lake County Park. “The Story Map will allow the community to learn about the park's garden, native plants, pollinators, and some history of the park from either their home or as a guide on their phone while visiting the park.” She also coordinated a garden clean-up day to remove unwanted plants from the garden and planted some native shrubs, including Buttonbush and Beautyberry that provide and important food source for birds.
Kayla says the certification program gave her the teaching skills she needed. When asked if the program changed the way she viewed environmental issues, Kayla said it increased her awareness and knowledge. “I have such a better understanding of the environment and things I can do to protect it.”