Watershed Ed

Middle school students in Marshall County did more than just learn about the importance of the Duck River...they rolled up their sleeves and got to work protecting it.

Over the years we’ve told many stories about kids and nature. Many of them focused on the importance of teaching children about the natural world. But we know some youngsters who did more than just learn about their environment. As part of a field trip, these elementary school students learned about the Duck River and the problems it faced. Then they took their knowledge and put it to work, coming up with a plan to help. Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker takes us to Henry Horton State Park, where these action-minded students are getting involved to protect their watershed.

The Tennessee Environmental Council and the Friends of Henry Horton State Park received the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Environmental Education and Outreach this year for their work with the watershed education and action program. John McFadden, the Council’s Executive Director, says he’s always amazed by the ideas the kids come up with and he hopes to be working with the students for many years to come. Of course, that’s dependent on funding. The long-range goal is to expand the program to other schools across the state. If you would like to learn more about the program and how you can get involved or bring it to your community, visit the their website at www.tectn.org.

From show 2903


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