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Delaware Children In Nature


NOAA B-Wet Children in Nature Grant

Children in Nature with support from the NOAA B-Wet Grant is filling dreams of outdoor habitats/classrooms for two districts! Caesar Rodney School District expanded 3 of their natural spaces so students really can be in nature with specific goals of getting to know native plant species, the water cycle, really going green and more! Community members in the Caesar Rodney School Districts can see these exciting habitats at CR High School, Postlethwait Middle School and W. Reily Brown Elementary School. 

Laurel School District is in the process of planting, seeding and building an outdoor habitat on the grounds of the high school and middle school. Laurel students could be seen displaying their own green thumbs while planting native species on the school grounds in rain gardens and around the pond.  The district will continue with the development of the habitat throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  All of the habitats will be used to increase environmental literacy and awareness across the state of Delaware.

YCC Volunteers pictured from left to right: Larissa Rivera-Butler (19), Matthew Kirkhoff (20), Asaymu Swen (23)

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences

Through our work on the NOAA B-WET grant, Delaware Children in Nature is developing MWEE's for two school Delaware school districts. MWEE's are Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences that include outdoor and classroom learning while promoting environmental literacy and locally relevant, experiential learning.

For more information on MWEE's visit: http://www.noaa.gov/explainers/noaa-meaningful-watershed-educational-experience

Laura Whalen from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary says, “I’m excited to see the kids learning about the rain garden and water quality. It’s great to have the kids learn about [how] planting native plants to improve our streams”. While the project at W. Reily Brown continues, excitement for our children’s habitat continues as the volunteers chat among each other. “I learned that there was a lack of curriculum for topics such as this. The more you’re aware about a topic, the more care and importance it will become…this way the environment will not be negatively affected” says, YCC’s Matthew Kirkhoff (20).