WESTPORT – The six, fourth grade classes at Westport Elementary School recently visited the estuary and open ocean off East Beach Road to explore the unique plant and animal life found there. Over 160 students participated in this year’s field study in partnership with the Westport River Watershed Alliance. Watershed Alliance staff, Westport Elementary School teachers, and parent chaperones all played a role in teaching students about marine life. Students recorded their observations of the crabs, fish, snails, shellfish, seaweeds and seashore plants they saw while on the trip. The goal of the annual trip is to teach students natural science through hands-on activities and direct observation. Students will visit the sites in Fall and Spring to experience the seasonal changes in these areas.
The Watershed Education Program is an interdisciplinary, environmental education program developed by the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) in collaboration with teachers from the watershed schools. The key to successful pollution prevention and preservation of our watershed resources is to provide the future stewards of the region with the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to become effective decision makers. The Westport River Watershed Alliance firmly believes this can be accomplished through hands-on programs, and creative thinking skills emphasized in our Watershed Education Program.