“When I talk to people about the Delta ecology,” said Delta Science Center Executive Director Roni Gehlke, “I like to show a picture of the river flowing parallel to Highway 160 and then show some of the wildlife pictures that our previous photographers have taken in the same area. People can’t believe it’s the same place.”
“And don’t forget the plants,” Gehlke said. “They’re just as important as anything else in the ecosystem of today’s Delta.”
The Delta Science Center’s Educational Resource Guide Calendar is donated to local fifth-graders. “The calendar is part of an educational pilot program we’re working on,” Gehlke said. “Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, we hope that students will look at the pictures and read along in the guide about the Delta ecosystem.”
The guide also comes with a DVD that includes teacher resources such as classroom assignments in science, language arts and history. “Our goal is to make this program something the teachers can use in the classroom,” said Gehlke.
“Unfortunately, we found that the Delta is not specifically listed in the education requirements, but we hope we have found a way to encourage teachers to add Delta education to their program by including assignments in the major core subjects that relate back to the lessons that need to be taught.”
The art show, exhibiting the photos donated to the calendar, is a joint effort of the Delta Science Center and Mt. Diablo Audubon Society. The show, featuring an artists’ reception, will be held in September at Antioch’s Lynn House Gallery.
For a list of guidelines and how to enter your photos, visit www.deltasciencecenter.org/delta-science-center-events or call 925-289-5711.