What did your kids do at school this week?
If you were a 6th or 7th grader at UrbanPromise you would have been knee deep in the Cooper River Lake!
As part of our environmental education focus, UrbanPromise has teamed up with American Littoral Society for their SeaQuest program, a 6-week course focusing on the coastlines and the organisms that live there.
As part of that, students took part in a fish survey on Cooper River Lake, which involved using a seine net to collect fish and examined them. Students then discussed their observations of the fish and if they thought their environment and living conditions were healthy.
The SeaQuest program is designed around the idea that everyone deserves a connection with the environment in their backyard. Education is foundational to having SAFE (Swimmable, Accessible, Fishable, Equitable) waters along the Delaware River in Camden, Philadelphia, and Chester.
The program immerses students in a broad range of marine and environmental science concepts and career choices. The field-based learning forges a relationship between kids and the coast. It impresses upon them that they live in a special place, and teaches them that the shore is part of their personal heritage and responsibility.
SeaQuest is currently being offered at several schools in New Jersey. The Camden SeaQuest program is funded by the Penn Foundation. To learn more or to see if your school might be eligible for SeaQuest classes please contact Nicole.Haines@littoralsociety.org.