|Friday, May 3, 2013|
The Desert Discovery Center in Barstow, California was recognized as a champion of public education at the 22nd annual San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor banquet on April 29. Operated through a partnership including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Unified Schools, Barstow College, the City of Barstow, San Bernardino County, Southern California Edison, Main Street Murals, and National Parks Conservation Association, the Desert Discovery Center provides environmental education events and programming for students in the High Desert of Southern California.
Each year, County Schools, along with the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and County Communicators Network, recognizes six individuals or groups who provide outstanding service and support to public education with the San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor. The Desert Discovery Center was the winner in the Volunteer in Action/Service Group category.
For the past eight years, the Desert Discovery Center has been providing Barstow area schools and students with Earth Day and Recycle Day events, field trips, after-school programs, and Junior Ranger day camps. Classroom teachers bring their students to learn about the desert tortoise, Mojave tui chub, solar energy, and many more environmental topics. About 7,500 students participate in programs and events annually.
"The partnership is a highlight of the Barstow community, bringing together a diverse group of agencies and non-profit organizations to ensure that our children gain an appreciation for the world around them and receive education to become good stewards of our environment," wrote Teresa Healy, assistant superintendent of Education Services for Barstow Unified School District, in her nomination of the center.
Pictured are Desert Discovery Center partners Teresa Healy, Barstow Unified School District; Rose Beardshear, Bureau of Land Management, Jane Laraman, Desert Discovery Center Director; and Linda Slater, Mojave National Preserve.