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Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center Awarded Healthy Communities Grant
Grant supports watershed education for Caddo Parish students and teachers, Water Activity Play Day for participants, and engagement to conserve the environment
 
Published Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:00 am
by Claire Floyd; cfloyd@sciport.org

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CADDO PARISH—Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, has been selected as a first-time recipient of the Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the State’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.

This grant, in the amount of $7,648, will support Sci-Port’s Watershed Stewardship Project. The goal of the Watershed Stewardship Project is to educate urban students on the importance of good environmental practices, water safety and water stewardship in order to reconnect them to the outdoors and their watershed. 

“The single most important factor in the sustainability of litter abatement is education. Simply picking up trash is not a sustainable strategy without the environmental education component. Through this project, we bring the element of fun (the water activity days), excitement (at learning more about watershed education), discovery, and curiosity about the world around us for the broader community,” explained Heather Kleiner, Ph.D. of Sci-Port.

These goals will be accomplished through educator training, indoor and outdoor classroom activities, field trips to Sci-Port for hands-on watershed education programming, a Water Activity Play Day, and recycling and/or cleanup.  Combined, these initiatives will connect watershed education to outdoor stewardship opportunities such as storm drain marking activities, trash pickup, and water activity days. 

Kleiner continued, “Outdoor water activity days are crucial to the value of the project, because by pairing stewardship activities like trash pickup and storm drain marking with enjoyment of the outdoors through water play such as canoeing and fishing, students’ stewardship practices are given personal value and motivation.”

Teacher workshops will begin in October; classroom activities and field trips will be held throughout the fall and spring semesters; and the Water Activity Play Day(s) will be scheduled near Environmental Education Awareness Week in April, 2016.  Students will participate in either AmericaRecycles Day (November, 2015) or the Great American Cleanup (April, 2016).

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About Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc.

Keep­ Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission is to promote personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. With a network of 39 affiliates in communities throughout the state, over 23,000 volunteers work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana.


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Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

 

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