To meet the needs of the kids in Limestone County, next year we will be expanding our nature studies program by partnering with 4-H and Alabama Master Naturalist.
This is a yearlong program that involves students in citizen science initiatives, community service projects and leadership opportunities. The program will focus on the natural world of Alabama while exploring its geography and ecology. As part of the program, students will become certified Alabama Water Watch water chemistry and stream biomonitoring volunteers. Participants learn about career opportunities, develop a positive conservation ethic and hone outdoor skills while gaining hands-on experience with nature.
One of the resources that we will be using is the Emmy-awarded public television show Discovering Alabama. I was lucky enough to be able to meet with Doug Phillips (the show's host and producer) to discuss our project. He gave us lots of materials to help us with our new program and some great tips to help make it happen. Thank you!