The Indian River Lakes Conservancy launched Project WHIRL (Protectors of Water and Habitat on the Indian River Lakes) last summer. The project is an environmental education program for local teens
The Indian River Lakes Conservancy launched Project WHIRL (Protectors of Water and Habitat on the Indian River Lakes) last summer. The project is an environmental education program for local teens that teaches participants about conservation.
Our inaugural year was a great success. We achieved our goal of enriching teens’ lives with experience-based learning that increased their skills, knowledge, and confidence in outdoor exploration. We don’t want to lose that momentum this year even though we have to social distance.
This year’s program will take place over six weeks starting July 14th. Each week will kick off with a ‘Zoom’ meeting to provide the educational background needed for the week’s environmental research.
Then, WHIRLers will explore nature and the Indian River watershed to fulfill the week’s research and exploration project. The next week will begin with the students coming back together, via Zoom, to talk about their experiences, share what they learned and discuss the upcoming week’s project.
This summer’s program will focus on watersheds and watershed management, aquatic resources, and invasive species. With the help of our partner, FORCES at SUNY ESF, we will also introduce the students to environmental learning opportunities at the higher-education level. College-age mentors will discuss their experiences, answer questions, and talk about going into the environmental fields professionally.
Several partners have come together to create this program including SUNY ESF College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Indian River Central School, St. Lawrence Eastern Lake Ontario Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, the Izaak Walton League, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the NY State Parks FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship) program alongside the Indian River Lakes Conservancy.
WHIRL is a no-cost program open to all students ages 14 – 18. The class will be limited in size. To inquire further or sign up, email email@example.com. Registration is open until June 10th.
(Tuesday) 6:00 pm
Indian River Lakes Conservancy315-482-4757 43720-44360 Stine Rd Redwood, NY 13679