Lloyd Center for the Environment to Hold Annual Meeting on April 26th

Contact: JoAnn Bernier Cornell, jcornell@lloydcenter.org

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On Thursday, April 26th, the Lloyd Center for the Environment will host their Annual Meeting at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNB Voc-Tech).

Members of the public are invited to a welcoming reception from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and stay for the Annual Meeting and presentation on the construction and pursuit of a Living Building Challenge™ (LBC™) certified Welcome Center. The building is being constructed by students at GNB Voc-Tech. The meeting will include a presentation of the George G. Haydock Award to Dr. Victor Mailey.

Living Building Challenge™ certification is the building industry’s most ambitious sustainable construction performance standards. The Welcome Center will house a bus drop-off shelter, interior and exterior meeting/teaching space, informational displays and compost-toilets. The Lloyd Center’s new building will be unique and provide learning opportunities for visitors of all ages to engage in innovative restorative “green building” principles. For additional information about the Living Building Challenge, visit living-future.org.

The Haydock Award is the Center’s most prestigious award and is presented annually to an individual, selected by the staff and board of directors of the Lloyd Center who, in the spirit and tradition exemplified by long-time Lloyd Center supporter and nature enthusiast, Dr. George G. Haydock, is deemed to have personally made a most outstanding contribution to protecting the fragile nature of our coastal environment.

Victor Mailey is a retired general practitioner of Family Medicine in New Bedford. He attended the University of Connecticut and received his medical degree from Drexel University, College of Medicine. Dr. Mailey is a strong advocate of environmental education for inner city children in New Bedford. Residing in Dartmouth, he is a long-time, active supporter of the Lloyd Center for the Environment and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT). He is a trail master extraordinaire!

The Lloyd Center’s Annual Meeting will take place at the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, located at 1121 Ashley Blvd. in New Bedford, MA. The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to learn about the transformation occurring at the Lloyd Center which will enhance the Center’s ability to operate and serve our region!

The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1978 and situated with its headquarters and spectacular nature preserve overlooking the scenic Slocum River estuary, has achieved a well-earned reputation for excellence in environmental research and education. Through its innovative outreach programs, it has established itself as a highly regarded leader in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the area’s fragile coastal resources and the importance of protecting them. The Center’s 82-acre property offers over five miles of walking trails, the “Bridge to Discovery” dock on the Slocum River, vernal pools, oak-hickory forest, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, estuary views, and is home to two injured raptors (a screech owl and red-shouldered hawk).

The Visitor Center is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and on Sundays, June – September, free of charge. There, aquarium exhibits offer unique views of live freshwater and saltwater species of fish and other marine critters.

The Center is also home to a fascinating collection of live local reptiles, amphibian and fish species. At the always popular touch-tank, youngsters learn the hands-on joy of socializing with gentle spider crabs, elusive minnows, sea stars (starfish), whelks, hermit crabs, periwinkles and mussels.

The top-floor Osprey Room Observatory, with its magnificent views of the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzards Bay, has been designated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs as one of the Commonwealth’s top-fifteen “Special Places”. Through telescopes there, one can get a close-up view of formerly endangered Ospreys, and their chicks, nesting on platforms erected by members of the Center’s research staff.

Trails are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The Lloyd Center for the Environment is located at 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.lloydcenter.org or call 508-990-0505.