Friends of Taunton Bay educator honored

SULLIVAN — On Aug. 8, the executive board of Friends of Taunton Bay presented Lisa Herrington with the Steve Perrin Award for outstanding service to the organization. Herrington just completed her seventh year as director of the Friends of Taunton Bay’s Environmental Summer Camp at Gordon’s Wharf.

Herrington has always come up with a creative mix of hands-on science, experiences being in nature and plenty of fun and games. Every year she has organized the children’s camp around a different environmental theme. In previous years, campers have investigated trees, rocks, seaweed, and bugs, for example.

This year’s theme was water. Campers took water samples from Taunton Bay and streams to observe microscopic organisms found in their samples. They measured the bay’s salinity, turbidity, and water temperature as well as the phosphorus, nitrogen and oxygen concentrations. They played watery games and enjoyed constructing a water wall to see how water could be redirected in complex pathways on its downhill course.

Herrington lives in Franklin, where she is president of the Franklin Library board. She is the program assistant for Island Readers & Writers, whose mission is to inspire children to enjoy reading and learning.

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