Students Save The Ocean From Marine Debris
How can we make a difference? How can we help animals in the ocean? Is there a solution to plastic marine debris pollution? Those are some of the questions the young environmentalists in Explore Ecology‘s Flows To The Ocean (FTO) program asked themselves at the beginning of the school year. After participating in FTO these students had some answers and solutions which they will present to the public at the Flows To The Ocean Community Education Night on Wednesday May 15th, 5:00-7:00pm at the South Coast Watershed Resource Center.
Flows To The Ocean is a yearlong program that educates students about how litter makes its way to the ocean. Since an estimated 80-85% of marine debris comes from the land, Explore Ecology’s environmental educators spend a lot of time teaching the FTO students about how their actions affect our waterways.
Students enrolled in FTO start off with the Creek Kids Series which consists of two in class lessons and a field trip to the Watershed Resource Center and a local creek. This is followed by an Waste Reduction class. The FTO program culminates in a trip to Santa Cruz Island where students conduct a beach clean up and learn how plastic litter is affecting wildlife.
Each class that participates in FTO is required to do a project that focuses on reducing marine debris by teaching others how to replace disposable plastic products with durable items.
Explore Ecology invites the Santa Barbara community to support these young environmentalists on their quest to make the ocean a cleaner place by attending the Flows To The Ocean Community Education Night. Students will present their projects and pizza, healthy snacks, and ice cream will be served.
For more information contact Tahara Ezrahti at 805-884-0459 x16.