Talent in Bloom

Nesting white wood storks with gray heads in tree

Earlier this month, 52 fourth- and seventh-graders from Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth took a trip to the Everglades. But this wasn’t just your average field trip. The outing to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is part of a photo project between The Everglades Foundation and the Norton Museum of Art called “The Everglades: Through the Eyes of Children.”

These students, equipped with cameras, were joined by local photographers who taught them how to use the equipment, frame the perfect shot and then rough edit a photo of their choosing.

Sacred Heart offers a  curriculum that is STEM-focused, with an emphasis on science and environmental education. Most of the students attend the private school on scholarship and many have never seen the Everglades. So before these budding photographers were able to romp through nature and take aim, they received a crash course about the tropical wetlands and the importance of its preservation courtesy of the Everglades Literacy Program.

The culmination of the big trip is the selection of the 24 best photos from the expedition. They will be featured at a special reception at Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach on January 24, 2019. Kids who took the top three photos will be awarded cameras of their own. Perhaps the next budding wildlife photographer is in our midst!

Photo of nesting wood storks courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife by Carollyn Parrish 

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