The “Alabama: America’s Amazon” program is underway, thanks to support from Dekko, AMRV RC&D and Limestone County 4-H. Last year, the students were certified as Alabama Water Watch volunteer monitors and were awarded Club of the Year. Today, they expanded their service to the community by sharing what they have learned with hundreds of 4th grade students at the Wonders of Water Festival at Northeast Alabama Community College.
This opportunity, organized by One World Adventure, is free to over 800 school children in Fort Payne and Dekalb County Schools. The 4th graders spent the day learning important lessons about conservation, water and wildlife. Our Ardmore students led tours, helped with activities and even held the snakes for Renee Raney's critter lesson. A great time was had by all!
I'm proud to announce that our students were awarded the 4-H Alabama Water Watch Group of the Year award. These kids have worked hard to learn how to perform stream biomonitoring and water chemistry monitoring. Congrats, water watchers!
Our trip to Sipsey Wilderness was packed with learning for our naturalist program students. All in one day, they learned to read a topo map with a compass, how to safely and correctly navigate steep and rocky terrain, how to identify numerous plants, animals and lichens in the forest and about some of the geological history of our area. Most importantly, these students were given the opportunity to experience Alabama's wilderness firsthand.
Chloe and I are super excited for new Ardmore teacher Kevin England to join with us in our program. Between his botany degree and his experience with the Sipsey Wilderness area through Wild South, he was a rock star of an educator on this trip!
This learning experience is part of a yearlong naturalist program that would not be possible without the support of AMRV RC&D and Dekko.