Marine Debris Prevention
We have recently taken a position with the Ohio EPA as Facilitating Organization for the Black River AOC (Area of Concern) Advisory Committee. Through this position, we have received a grant to provide local Marine Debris Prevention Educational Programs. We are currently in the final stages of program development, and are scheduling presentation times for the remainder of the school year and throughout 2017.
We are compiling equipment & curriculum to make this a very hands-on and candid discussion for groups of all ages, from elementary schools to colleges & adults, including scout troops, community groups, and anyone interested in making a difference. We have a watershed model, hands-on display, and slide show that will be very informational for all ages; activity books for the younger kids; and a watershed game for older groups. We plan to have an open discussion within each event about things like reducing waste, proper recycling, single-use plastics, composting, litter pick-up, and balloon releases. We will also talk about statistics on marine debris and its effects on wildlife & the environment, as well as providing a slide show and/or visual aids to depict the devastation it can cause. Additionally, we plan to discuss where storm drains go and what not to flush down the toilet (as more things than you can believe reach Lake Erie via these methods).
The presentations will be free-of-charge, and scheduled on a first-come first-served basis with classroom/group visits beginning in mid-February. Programs will be tailored to your specific age group and for the time allotted. An informational booklet will be prepared by the end of the month for those that need more info before scheduling an event.