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Catawba’s Luke Dollar Shares Science and Conversation in Naples, Fla.

September 23, 2017

Category: Academics, Environmental Science, Events, Faculty


lukedollar-floridaaward.jpgJust a week before Hurricane Irma pounded Florida, Dr. Luke Dollar, chair and professor of Environment and Sustainability at Catawba, was in Naples and Collier County, Florida, to talk science and conservation with 4th graders there.  It was Dollar’s fifth annual visit to the area where Collier County District Schools use a National Geographic Science Methods Textbook featuring Dollar and his Madagascar research to train fourth grades on the scientific method.

The Naples Zoo, the longest-running continuous supporter of Dollar and National Geographic’s Madagascar research involving the fosa, was the site from which two live stream “fun talks” were streamed into all Collier District elementary schools.  More specifically, Dollar was broadcasting from the Naples Zoo’s fosa enclosure.

During his visit to Naples, Dollar also spent two days visiting 35 individual classrooms at several schools and gave a larger public talk at the Naples Zoo.

The Collier County School District presented Dollar with an award in recognition of his fifth year of service in this event.  Over the five years, Dollar has visited every single fourth grade classroom in Collier County, all 174 of them.

Editor’s Note: After Irma made landfall in Florida, the Naples Zoo suffered much damage, Dollar shared, however, of all the animals on display there, only two Greater kudus (type of large antelope) died as a result of the storm. Dollar and some of his students from Catawba are planning a relief recovery trip to the Zoo at a future point in this academic year.