We’re excited to have new schools and returning schools participating in our River Guardians Project. With refunding from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, we will continue to provide scientific water testing equipment to schools on multiple river systems and provide funding assistance for construction of an outdoor science experience center and camping platform. A reflection and celebration day will bring the students together for the second annual River Guardians Environmental Symposium.
Our River Guardians project provides scientific equipment, supplies and support for teachers to engage their students in water testing and data collection throughout the school year.
Students attending our Environmental Symposium heard from Dr. Jamie DeWitt (ECU Pharmacology & Toxicology), Dr. Eban Bean (ECU Engineering, Institute for Coastal Science & Policy), Dr. Mike O’Driscoll (ECU Geological Sciences) and Mark Vander Borgh (NCDENR Algal Ecologist) along with a video message from ocean conservationist Wendy Benchley. Teachers participated in a special session with Shawn Moore (Center for STEM Education) and Holly Denham (Project Wet).
200+ students spent the day with scientists, conservationists, professors, marine biologists, scuba divers and other experts in water-related fields to learn, engage in discussion and become more aware of the importance to protect our river systems.
We had our official Neuse River Guardians Project check presentation on race day by State Farm agents!
Our Neuse River Guardians Environmental Symposium is a Global Youth Service Day, Disney Friends for Change, Earth Day, and National Environmental Education Week celebration! Special thanks to our symposium presenters, partners and sponsors!
Becca has volunteered with Love A Sea Turtle since the very first camp in 2011 – this has fueled her interest in pursuing a biology degree! She is also our lead instructor for a pilot program we’ve started with youth at the Police Athletic League. River Guardian PALs are testing water from the Tar River, using scientific equipment, and gaining knowledge and understanding about the importance of our river systems.
Love A Sea Turtle will be holding the Neuse River Guardians Environmental Symposium on April 20, 2015 as part of Global Youth Service Day!