“If you want one year of prosperity, plant corn.
If you want ten years of prosperity, plant trees.
If you want one hundred years of prosperity, educate people.”
~ Chinese proverb
Identified as a critical component of our mission by the Board of Directors at a June, 2004 planning retreat, the
Friends Education Program became a reality in 2005 due in large part to a 5-year, $150,000 grant provided by the UNITY FOUNDATION.
The Friends Education Programs are based on three guiding goals:
Promote Awareness of the local natural environment and water quality issues.
Facilitate Understanding of key ecological concepts and the interconnectedness of humans and the environment.
Foster Stewardship to protect our local natural resources.
In order to develop future stewards of the Cobbossee Watershed, the Friends' Education Program targets school-aged children by offering a variety of learning opportunities:
Highly adaptable lessons that interweave science, social studies, language arts and math together within the context of localized watershed education, designed specifically for elementary, middle and high school aged students.
Summer outdoor educational, experimental and fun activities aboard the Friends' 22' pontoon boat, the OTTER II, that familiarize children with lake ecology, water quality and what they can do to protect our water resources for the future.
Seasonal opportunities for students to gain a sense of place and deepen their appreciation of nature through outdoor exploration and discovery. Emphasis is placed on adventure, discovery, exploration and fun.
All activities of the Friend's Education Program are designed to be hands-on, interactive and relevant to the local environment and fun, with a positive message of ways to prevent water pollution that can be incorporated into our everyday lives. To learn more about the Friends educational offerings, please click the appropriate link above, or contact Friends Watershed Educator Cami Wilbert.