Newport, NC, November 7, 2006 - Carteret County, North Carolina, recently became the first county in the nation to enroll its entire population of fifth-grade students in Ducks Unlimited's new Project Webfoot wetlands education program.
“Through Project Webfoot, DU provides a quality, academically sound wetlands education program to students,” said local Ducks Unlimited volunteer George Simpson, who helped bring the program to Carteret County. “Ducks Unlimited sees this as an opportunity to teach young people about the value of wetlands and the important benefits they provide.”
All fifth-grade teachers from the Carteret County Public School System received training in how to implement the new program in their classrooms, through a workshop held on October 31 at Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, one of many local businesses that provided funding for the project.
|During DU Project Webfoot training, fifth grade teachers play the roles of plants and animals above the tideline, which is represented by the blue cloth.|
Providing the hands-on teacher training was Holly Denham, of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), DU’s partner in environmental education. During the training, teachers created a mid-Atlantic coast salt marsh by taking on roles as wind, horseshoe crab, duck, cord grass, blue crab, sun, moon, sea worm, oxygen, ribbed mussel, water, raccoon, great blue heron and snail. The activity, explained Denham, was designed to teach students how various salt marsh plants and animals adapt to environmental conditions and how to recognize the plants and animals that live in salt marshes.
Atlantic Elementary School fifth-grade science teacher Meg Fulcher said the workshop was helpful.
“This program focuses on science, but it also integrates social studies, language arts, math and physical activity,” Fulcher said. “It incorporates all of the science process skills and expands students’ vocabulary terms. Carteret County also has the resources that allow us to expand these lessons into the surrounding area.”
Each teacher trained received a Project Webfoot resources kit. The kit includes an educator’s guide, an interactive CD-ROM, guidebooks, posters and a one-year DU Greenwing membership for each student. The local DU chapter also provided a Greenwing T-shirt, Webfoot activity book and a journal for every student.
Participating students will also get an invitation to the county’s annual Greenwing event, where they’ll be introduced to other outdoor activities such as archery and skeet shooting.
Sponsors of Project Webfoot in Carteret County schools include the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, Capt. Kenny’s BP, Time Warner Cable, Jarrett Bay Boatworks Inc., Minges Bottling Group, Atlantic Beach Surf Shop, Clark Cable, Cubbies of Beaufort, Gaskill’s Hardware, Harkers Island EMC, Jones Brothers Marine, Pat & Harriet Joyce, Sound Bank, Barbours Marine, Bill Gillikin, Danny McQueen, Down East Galleries, Hi Tec Auto Sales, House Auction Co., J&J Mini Warehouses, Open Grounds Farm, Purcell Jones, Radio Island Marina, Steve Langham and Eastern Waste Services.
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