Volunteer instructors travel throughout Mobile County to public and private schools to present environmental lessons for 6th – 12th grades.
The Water Cycle: Students will see a “rainstorm” in the classroom. After seeing the demonstration, they will be able to identify the three forms of water (solid, liquid, and gas) and the relationship between surface water and groundwater.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Students will discuss why the population of animals and their habitats are declining and why we should be concerned. Students will identify three things that are essential to a backyard wildlife habitat.
Recycling: Students learn about solid waste disposal in the county as well as the importance of recycling and composting to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. They discuss concepts like packaging, decomposition and renewable resources.
Groundwater Pollution: By observing a groundwater model, students will see how water moves through an underground aquifer. The use of colored dyes allows students to visualize the effects of pollutants on groundwater.
Aquatic Nuisance Species: Through the use of photos, the students will discuss the origin and impact of aquatic nuisance species. Students will identify actions to reduce the spread of nuisance species.
Energy: Students will discover why it is important to use renewable energy sources instead of nonrenewable energy sources. Students will discuss ways to conserve energy.
Invasive Plant Species: Students will identify the impacts of invasive plants, describe ways to prevent their spread and differentiate between native and invasive plants.
Alabama Water Watch: Students will be introduced to the Alabama Water Watch citizen volunteer water quality program. They will learn how to make visual observations about water quality and how to test physical and chemical characteristics of water to determine pollution sources and long-term trends in water quality.
Stormwater Pollution: Through the use of a watershed model, students will observe the effects of stormwater pollution on water quality. Students will discuss point and nonpoint sources of pollution, the effects on our local waters and preventative actions they can take to create a clean water future for generations to come.