Now more than ever, youth need to understand how development and increasing population affect water quality and the environment. This is especially true in Brunswick County, which remains one of the top 30 fastest-growing counties in the United States. Using a grant from International Paper, Brunswick County 4-H developed a program for 5th grade students called Ecosystem Exploits. Master Gardener volunteers received training related to ecosystems, the water cycle, vermicomposting, rain barrels, and using best management practices for storm water runoff. These volunteers, with the help of NC Cooperative Extension agents, delivered the program to 80 youth as an educational school enrichment program, aligned with the 5th grade standard course of study. Evaluations indicated that 94% of students gained skills and knowledge to help them better protect the environment.
Making an Impact October 16, 2009