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Weinberg Nature Center Director Dismissed

Something dismaying was announced last week in Scarsdale. After twenty four years, Walter Terrell, Executive Director for the Weinberg is being let go. Why Walter? Why that position? The Weinberg Nature Center is a Scarsdale gem, an oasis of green space, a place of education and imagination. It is Walter's vision and dedication that have allowed the Weinberg Nature Center to thrive on a shoestring. Though there are other wonderful staff members, they all look to Walter for guidance and inspiration.

Now is the time to be investing in the environment and sustainability. The young people of today will renew our planet, and live and work in a world where theory and practice about conservation have to align. Walter teaches our community of children all about the natural world and sparks their curiosity.

My 6th grade son volunteers at the Nature Center. He was welcomed and treated with the greatest respect from the interview through his weekly experiences there. Walter sees children as people, and takes the time to share his vast knowledge about the natural world, and all that goes on in the Nature Center. He is patient and detailed, and has encouraged an interest of my son’s that might get squelched in an area that values other things so much. Walter validates my son’s love of nature every day and is teaching him to teach, too. Bottom line, is this really the right decision for our community? I don’t think so, and I hope many others agree.

Lauri Carey
Paddington Road

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#3 Jane Guttman 2010-04-21 23:12
I was also saddened to hear that Walter had been let go. He has been a great asset to Scarsdale; it's hard to imagine why Scarsdale would not want to support the Nature Center, the loveliest spot in town. Is this another example of the "paving over" syndrome at work?:sad:
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#2 A Native 2010-04-16 11:25
Walter was let go because the Village of Scarsdale- Parks & Recreation- is looking to get rid of the nature center !! Talk about "Going Green" Its just a thorn in their side.
Sad but True.
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#1 Deborah Skolnik 2010-04-15 03:48
Although I don't know Walter nearly so well as Lauri does, I've always been impressed with his conduct and professionalism whenever I've visited the center. He's always eager to talk about nature and Native American heritage too, and shared wonderful American Indian recipes with me. I'm sorry to hear he's going.
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