Education links with the federation’s mission to provide opportunities for individuals to take an active role in the stewardship of our coastal waters and habitats. The federation’s education work reaches into homes, classrooms, schoolyards, estuaries, boardrooms and cyberspace.
We tap the educational potential of both our advocacy and restoration programs to provide hands-on, tangible learning experiences for people of all ages and walks of life. Our student engagement programs are aligned with the formal public education standards adopted by the NC Department of Public Instruction for the age levels we teach. They serve as opportunities for enriching, learning opportunities both in the classroom and outside.
Some of our student education programs are designed to serve economically disadvantaged communities, and most of the federation’s student education programs occur in public schools, reaching a wide diversity of kids. The federation educates thousands of community volunteers each year that help us with our advocacy and restoration projects. We also target our workshops and publications to reach community decision-makers and work to be on the cutting edge of web-based communication strategies.
Educate current and future decision-makers and stewards to become informed and effective partners in protecting and restoring coastal resources.
Wetlands and Education
Following the our mission to provide opportunities for people to take an active role in the stewardship of our coastal waters and habitats, the federation involves students and citizens in every wetlands restoration project. Our Student Wetland Nursery Program even lets the kids grow the marsh grass for those projects.
We trained more than 90 local government officials on coastal environmental rules and laws, put almost 5,000 students into the field to restore oyster reef and salt marshes and educated thousands of people about coastal issues through our publication and forums. Those are just a few of our major accomplishments during the last three years.