Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
This spring, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) piloted its newly developed Water Education Outreach Program in partnership with South Carolina 4-H and 4-H Science on the Move.
The pilot program reached over 80 students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at Kershaw and Great Falls Elementary Schools.
CRF and 4-H developed and taught a series of lessons for upper elementary school students on various water-related topics, such as freshwater ecology, water cycle, stormwater and water conservation. Lessons also meet South Carolina’s Academic Standards to support teacher objectives and learning already happening in the classroom.
Furthermore, what makes this program’s curriculum unique compared to other in-class outreach programs is its focus, students’ own water resource the Catawba-Wateree River. With this perspective, students are able to relate learning objectives to their everyday lives fostering a sense a stewardship of their community’s resources.
CRF and 4-H plan to continue to pilot and further develop the Water Education Outreach Program at the beginning of the new school year in Fall 2016.
Funding for this program is provided by the J. Marion Sims Foundation.