Education intern Daniel Salazar, leads a student session at Manteo Middle School using the stormwater model demonstration.

Education intern Daniel Salazar, leads a student session at Manteo Middle School using the stormwater model demonstration.

With the start of a new school year, the federation is back at work leading outreach lessons and activities in local classrooms. The federation has many longstanding partnerships in these school systems, sometimes working with the same teachers for five years or more.

This means that even though the seats are now filled with a new batch of eager students, the federation educators can essentially pick up where they left off. With this consistent programming, we’ve developed an effective approach of instilling the importance of environmental stewardship to hundreds of middle and high school students.

And the kids (and their teachers and their parents) say they love it.

Recently in Dare County, the federation’s educator visited eighth grade students at Manteo Middle School and First Flight Middle School to share the first of many lessons this school year. This introductory lesson about watersheds, river basins and estuaries was given to 14 different classes, reaching close to 500 students. These same students will stay involved with the federation through additional classroom and outdoor experiences over the course of the year.

Our philosophy is that an extended period of contact, including hands-on field work is the best way to make a lasting impression and elicit behavior changes.

Some of the students will choose to go above and beyond their participation with the federation during the school day, and will help out as volunteers during a variety of coastal federation events taking place throughout the community.

This was the case during the 3rd Annual Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil at the Manteo office in late September. Science teachers Mary Ann Hodges from Manteo Middle and Liv Cook from First Flight Middle both helped recruit student volunteers who worked tirelessly during this major fundraising cook out.

The students helped greet guests, serve food, wash dishes, clear tables and basically take on any other task necessary to make the evening run smoothly. With 300 people attending the fish fry, there was certainly plenty to do. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped, they proved that many hands not only make light work, but also make it much more fun!

Members’ and donors’ support make our education programs possible. Please consider becoming part of the federation to keep getting kids outside.