BYEN Annual Meeting
BYEN launched its new strategic vision at two events held in early February. First, on the evening of Tuesday, February 8th, BYEN welcomed Kevin Coyle, Vice President for Education at the National Wildlife Federation, to Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center to speak with 30 educators, school teachers and families about the academic, social and health benefits of spending time outdoors as children. The following day, Wednesday, February 9th, BYEN held its first Annual Meeting at the Lavine Civic Forum at City Year’s headquarters in Back Bay. Over 130 individuals from more than 80 organizations attended the event, which included a keynote address by Kevin Coyle, panel discussion on Pathways & Partnerships by state and city leaders, breakout sessions to explore more deeply elements of the BYEN strategic plan, and a policy forum on national legislation affecting Environmental Education efforts.