Nature center starts student advisory group

The members of a new student advisory group for the Trumbull Nature and Arts center have big plans.

“I want to get more kids to have fun in Trumbull,” high school student Kelsey Ortiz said. “This is kind of a laid back town. There aren’t a lot of activities for kids.”

“I want to get more people to the Nature and Arts Center,” seventh grade student Abby Moran added. “Some people don’t even know it’s here.”

The group, called TNAC Student Leadership in Environment, Culture & Art, was formed by TNAC’s Pam Georgas, after several students signed up to volunteer at the center during a Trumbull High volunteer fair. Georgas has faith that the students’ initiative and passion can push the center forward.

“They can really do it,” she said of their goals. “If they get out there and spread the word they can really get things going.”

Members of the group gathered at the center, located near the Monroe border on Route 25, to work on their latest project. They are hosting a free Thanksgiving Craft Day this Sunday, Nov. 17. There, children can enjoy eating snacks and making fun autumn and Thanksgiving artwork with friends and family. The event will be running from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for children ages 3 to 8.

Group member Eleni Manesiotis said the group was an easy choice for her since she wants to study wildlife biology in college.

“We want to expose them to people in the community that in those kinds of careers and we want to create partnerships,” Georgas said.

The goal is to for the students to develop strong leadership skills and act as ambassadors to bring greater awareness and activity within our community in environmental stewardship, culture & art experiences.

The group plans to help with next year’s Trumbull Arts Festival and wants to look at bringing back a town Halloween celebration.

“They will be working on various new initiatives, as well as partnering with local groups and town departments with similar goals,” Georgas said.

For more information on this weekend’s event or to learn more about the group, visit or call Georgas at 203-452-4421.