History Museum Hosts Program on Being an Environmental Advocate

By February 14, 2023Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Feb 14, 2023) Los Altos History Museum will host Green Foothills’ Executive Director Megan Fluke and legendary environmental advocate Lennie Roberts in a discussion on how a committed group of people can create a positive impact on the environment. “Green Foothills: Advocates and Activists” is slated for Saturday, March 4 from 10:30 – 11:30am.


“Youth today hear a lot about climate change and global warming and may feel there’s nothing they can do about it,” said Museum Educator Georgianna Shea. “Through this program we want to offer strategies to empower everyone, and especially the up-and-coming generation, to help save nature and the environment.” 


To that end, the Museum invited green teams from local high schools to crowdsource questions to ask Lennie Roberts and Megan Fluke.


Lennie Roberts, a legislative advocate with Green Foothills for more than 40 years, helped found the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972 and later advanced its expansion into San Mateo County and to the coast. She was the author and co-sponsor of Measure A, the Coastside Protection Initiative, and co-led a campaign for the passage of Measure T, resulting in the construction of the Devil’s Slide tunnel instead of an environmentally destructive, growth-inducing freeway bypass.


Megan Fluke joined Green Foothills as executive director in November 2013. In her role, she develops and implements the organization’s strategic goals and manages its operations. She won the Greenbelt Alliance Champion Award in 2017 and is a tenacious environmental nonprofit executive passionate about civic engagement and the common good.


Green Foothills serves as a champion for nature and wildlife in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties through advocacy, education, and grassroots action.


The program is held in support of the Museum’s exhibit “Wallace Stegner: A Path to Conservation,” on display through March 5. Stegner was the first president of Committee for Green Foothills. In the outdoor exhibit, visitors can stroll the Museum grounds and use their electronic devices to scan QR codes linking to audio and video clips of the author sharing his passion as a conservationist.


“Green Foothills: Advocates and Activists” will be held in person and on Zoom. Registration is required. $10/person, free to Museum members. Register at losaltoshistory.org/GreenFoothills.


Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibitsstore and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.


The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.


Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org