...a note from Mary Doane, Dir. of Project Nature
I have always been inspired by the music of composer Paul Winter,
and in particular, the lyrics of the song Small, Green Island:
You and I on a small, green island, spinning round and round in space.
And this small, green island is a living Being.
And we are living proof of her grace.
So “we” -all things- are connected because we share in this idea of grace, or what is beautiful and good. At the the same time, “we” are all different expressions of Earth’s grace. Squirrels are expressions of grace who wear fluffy tails! Spiders are signs of grace with eight legs. Birds are reminders that grace can fly! Finally, children are expressions of grace who wear their curiosity and wonder like a turtle wears a shell.
These are my thoughts as I prepare for another year of educational programming. My hope is the same as in years past: that through Wild About Turtles, Earthtales, and Tortuga Tales children will experience a deep and enduring bond with the earth and other animals. Surely, the bond already exists. The journey began a long time ago. My job is to move children forward in their travels offering them additional proof of Earth’s grace.