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Apr 18 2017

Town Of Kiawah Island Announces Environmental Outreach Program

By Stephanie Braswell Edgerton for The Island Connection

Photos by Marilyn Ferrell

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In March, the Town of Kiawah Island, in collaboration with Engaging Creative Minds, embarked on a new environmental outreach program with local area schools. The program focuses on exposing elementary school students with hands on exposure to science standards in their current curriculum such as ecosystems and wildlife.

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The Town of Kiawah hosted field trips at Mingo Point for five classes of second graders from Angel Oak Elementary and Mt. Zion Elementary School. Approximately 107 students participated.

Classes rotated through three different learning stations, which included bird banding, bobcats and pond life, and reptiles. Lessons focused on the food chain and the adaptations of animals to their environment. Content for the learning stations was provided by Town of Kiawah Wildlife Department, the Kiawah Island Community Association Lakes Department and the Kiawah Island Golf Resort naturalists. As part of the program, the trip, including transportation, was provided free of charge to both schools.

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Town Biologist Jim Jordan stated “This program is an excellent way to impact students through providing an educational multi-sensory experience outside the classroom that correlates with what the students are already learning. We hope to partner with more classes in the future and provide a resource to schools and teachers.”

For more information on the Town of Kiawah Environmental Outreach Program, please contact Wildlife Biologist Jim Jordan at jjordan@kiawahisland.org

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