Sunday, November 17, 2013

On Give Miami Day Please Think of NATURE LINKS. Guest Blog by Gregory Bush


November 20th 2013: A 24 Hr Period Miami Foundation Will Match Donations

Nature Links Goal: $40,000 total

Our programs benefit employable young adults 18-30 years of age with intellectual disabilities.

We started with Saturdays By the Bay- At Virginia Key Beach Park over the past two summers, to restart on November 16. Plans are moving forward to expand our programs into several five day a week programs at other locations: beginning at Miami’s Lummus Park as well as J.R.E School in South Miami, providing a wide range of activities and fun. Our program is unique in the nation.

Our programs are intended for job readiness and job training and feature culinary arts, organic gardening, holistic health, body movements and expressive arts, and other continuing education elements such as marine and weather studies, animal life and habitat restoration.

We also include instruction in independent life skills, travel training and money skills, videography and website construction so that our students can become empowered to consider themselves conservation leaders, telling online stories and instructing others about the natural world of Southeast Florida

On November 20th- for 24 hours – please help us by making a contribution.

Have a credit card ready and Click on the link  to use Paypal and Double Your Contribution (minus paypal costs) to benefit Nature Links: From $25 to $10,000.

Funding will be used for scholarships for low income students, staff, a van for trips, food for instruction, video equipment and other needs.

For further information for major gifts, volunteer opportunities, or to be an institutional partner, contact Dr. Gregory Bush by email at or Mario Pennisi at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is that Gary Milano in the photo? Whenever I read or hear anyone bashing County employees - describing them as lazy, overpaid, tax squandering, in-it-only-for-themselves, etc. - I think of Gary Milano. Gary recently retired from DERM after many years as a restoration biologist. I'd bet there are few in the public or private sector who work harder than Gary did for the people and natural areas of Miami-Dade County. Over the course of his career, Gary transformed literally hundreds of acres of neglected and degraded public land into high quality mangrove forests, marshes and tidal creeks, providing prime habitat for fish and birds, and recreational and educational opportunities for all of us. He squeezed every last ounce of value out of every penny of public money spent, and left plenty to show for it. A real unsong hero in my book.