Smart Kids Have Something to Say
Ocean Studies Kids knocked it out of the ball park during their Saturday April 26, 2019 Florida Bay BioBlitz. These smart kids, under the direction of teacher Martha Loizeaux, planned an amazing event to get visitors on the water and learning about what is happening in the Bay. FIU studnets led participants in collecting and identifying species to be added to the nationwide database of the City Nature Challenge, but the KIDS manned the educational booths to make for a worthwhile and inspiring event!
Student led eco-tours were a hit. These professional guides made sure everyone had a life jacket on but then made haste to get to the point about all of the amazing features to understand about the Bay. Sea grass and mangroves topped the species list as the kids accurately explained why we should care about what is happening in our water!
Plastics, Games, and More
Bioblitzers could trade trash for free stuff at the Plastics Store, folks could touch crabs and urchins in a touch tank, and even play, “How Much Do You Know” games to win accolades. Kids worked in teams to develop their booth ideas to appeal to the crowd.
Parents Weigh In
The most amazing offshoot of the event was the reaction of parents. So many of them said they are more in tune, more aware and are now being ‘forced’ to pay attention to what is happening in the Florida Bay because their kids are learning about the issues in school. And THIS is what it is all about.