Just a few days before Thanksgiving, some take the time to reflect on what they're going to say at the dinner table. It's common for people to be thankful for family and friends, but one organization is teaching young girls to be thankful for nature.
The gift nature provides us may be something taken for granted, but when you come to think of it, the way we live our lives---- ties in directly to the world around us.
This remains true for the youngsters of Girls Inc. On Tuesday, they took advantage of their day off from school and traveled to Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach for their Thanksgiving celebration. They highlighted traditions that stem from those of early settlers, such as the pine needle baskets.
When the pilgrims came to America, they depended heavily on the Earth's natural resources.
Dale Colby guided the group on a nature walk through the Panama City Beach Conservancy Park. He says its important to teach the girls to value indigenous species in our ecosystem before its too late. "It's important that we get them involved now because they're going to be the next care takers of this park." Colby says.
Executive Director, Tammy Dunaway who says she is thankful for her involvement in the organization says she is teaching their members to appreciate nature. "We've named this, thankful to live in Northwest Florida because from our sea grass monitoring program to the long leaf pine forest, we're thankful to live in Bay County."
Girls Inc. is a non-profit organization, based out of Panama City. Tuesday's event was just one of the many lessons they teach, all while inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold.