More than 30 educators gathered at the Trailhead for the Catalina Educator Symposium on October 23. The event provided the opportunity for thought-leaders to network, share and collaborate about connecting with learners of all ages to share the beauty and uniqueness of the Island through experiential learning. Sarah Marcotte, public engagement specialist, NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), kicked off the program with an inspiring keynote, detailing the public engagement pathway that they use for effective communication.

“The 2019 Educator Symposium was a fantastic opportunity for educators from around Catalina to have a full day to connect, share best practices and even plan for future collaborations,” said Conservancy Director of Education Dr. Leah Melber. “While meetings like this are incredibly beneficial to our individual organizations, it’s really those who take part in our programs- who come to Catalina to camp, learn, explore, and recreate- that ultimately benefit from these learning exchanges.”