Garrison School principal feted for encouragement of nature-related study
The 11th Annual Putnam Highlands Audubon Dinner, Saturday, March 31, will honor Garrison School (GUFS) Principal Stephanie Impellittiere, for her efforts to bring environmental issues to her students and directly connecting them to nature. The dinner will take place at the Highland Lodge at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, beginning at 5 p.m.
Impellittiere has a long history of promoting field trips for her students and has supported the parent-driven, Eco-kids program, all-school recycling and the Wildlife Garden. She has been a primary force in inspiring and organizing School Forest Day, in which all GUFS students take a day to celebrate the Garrison School Forest.
Following tributes to Impellittiere, Tom Sarro, Professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College and John Thompson, Director of Conservation Science at Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center will co-present “From Duck Hawks to Peregrine Falcons.”
Among many other credits, Dr.Sarro is a research associate and member of the Research Committee at the Mohonk Preserve where he coordinates breeding peregrine falcon and fall hawk migration observations. John Thompson performs baseline monitoring of the ecology of the northern Shawangunk Mountains and directs implementation of land management planning to protect and steward the 7,000 acre Mohonk Preserve. He is also on the Board of the Hudson River Environmental Society. Both are on the Board of the John Burroughs Natural History Society.
Tickets are $35.00. Space is limited; make reservations by email: [email protected] or call Paul Kuznia at 845-265-3773 x-102.