Mermaid Chats


Supporting Mermaid Society’s environmental commitment of river guardianship, Mermaid Maya visits community youth programs representing ages K- 2nd grade made available year-round. The aim of these engaging chats is to educate and inspire our youth to champion river guardianship by combining science and fantasy of the mermaid.

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When it comes to ecological conservation, Mermaid Maya - and the mermaid pod - enthusiastically convey their message through storytelling and other activities. Maya inspires the children. She also opens up the discussion regarding balancing the preservation of the San Marcos river native and endangered species, and still enjoy the river. The program also incorporates the historical and spiritual significance of the Springs for the native Coahuiltecans.

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By bolstering the spirit of conservation in young children; we aim to see a generation raised to respect the irreplaceable value of their own home habitat. While the introduction to our rivers sacred beginnings fosters respect for the traditions of our local ancestors and the first people of the Americas.

Tim Bauerkemper, Pastor First Lutheran Church

“I was first involved in Mermaid because I have an interest in connecting First Lutheran with the community passion for arts and the environment. We held the very first Mermaid chat with our day camp, and the kids were enthralled by Maya and captured with the idea of stewardship of the Earth. My son saw the connection between arts and environmental stewardship and created a stop-motion video encouraging river users to be green and clean up after themselves. It got thousands of views and he is planning another project over Christmas break. We need this creative approach to learning and action to grab all of our kid’s attention and make a real impact in this community.