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Local Students Learn to Kayak with the Outside Foundation

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Last week The Outside Foundation invited 100 seventh grade students along with their teachers, and a few parents, to enjoy a day of “learning about nature in nature.” The “Kids in Kayaks” program is designed to expose students to the salt marsh and tidal creek ecosystem they have been studying in the classroom as part of their seventh-grade environmental science curriculum.

We spend the day performing water quality tests, closely examining and identifying the community of organisms attached to the undersurface of the dock, touching and talking about the critters and other organisms who live in the salt marsh, and learning about point and non-point sources of pollution that might threaten the beautiful, clean waters of the May River. We talked about the effects of Hurricane Matthew on the salt marsh and its inhabitants. And, of course, we KAYAKED the pristine May River where we got up close to a bald eagle, lots of dolphin, oyster beds, and the spartina grass. Lots of smiles!

Why is the “Kids in Kayaks” Program so Important?

Numerous studies have shown that the most direct route to caring about the environment as an adult is participating in outdoor nature-based activities and exploration as a child. The Outside Foundation is committed to providing all local seventh graders with an opportunity to participate in the “Kids in Kayaks” program. Please contact [email protected] for more information on how you can support this important program.

Thank you to Montage Palmetto Bluff for being such gracious hosts, and Outside Hilton Head and Outside Palmetto Bluff for providing additional kayaks and professional guides. Without your support, this program would not be possible!

” The “Kids in Kayaks” program is designed to expose students to the salt marsh and tidal creek ecosystem they have been studying in the classroom as part of their seventh-grade environmental science curriculum.

We spend the day performing water quality tests, closely examining and identifying the community of organisms attached to the undersurface of the dock, touching and talking about the critters and other organisms who live in the salt marsh, and learning about point and non-point sources of pollution that might threaten the beautiful, clean waters of the May River. We talked about the effects of Hurricane Matthew on the salt marsh and its inhabitants. And, of course, we KAYAKED the pristine May River where we got up close to a bald eagle, lots of dolphin, oyster beds, and the spartina grass. Lots of smiles!

Why is the “Kids in Kayaks” Program so Important?

Numerous studies have shown that the most direct route to caring about the environment as an adult is participating in outdoor nature-based activities and exploration as a child. The Outside Foundation is committed to providing all local seventh graders with an opportunity to participate in the “Kids in Kayaks” program. Please contact [email protected] for more information on how you can support this important program.

Thank you to Montage Palmetto Bluff for being such gracious hosts, and Outside Hilton Head and Outside Palmetto Bluff for providing additional kayaks and professional guides. Without your support, this program would not be possible!

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