Delaware Nature Society, partnering with Delaware Futures, Junior Achievement, Longwood Gardens, and the DuPont Company, continues to lead a program that connects underserved teens with science, careers, and a problem-based community service habitat restoration project. During the summer of 2012, the program introduced a group of 25 rising 9th grade minority at-risk students from the City of Wilmington to an estuary ecosystem in a week-long program. During 2010 and 2011 summers, the program was held for rising 10th grade students.
Through the program, students experience a hands-on citizen science study of a marsh ecosystem, participate in a marsh restoration project, engage in the history of the Wilmington Riverfront, and explore potential future career paths through lectures involving ethics and economics of environmental resources. The specific goal of these activities is to not only initiate the connection to nature, but also to create a desire to learn more about future scientific careers.
Read what students said they learned from the experience:
“When you work as a team, you accomplish more.”
“It was a great experience but I learned one thing . . . that communication builds up a team and team work makes a dream work.”
–Ayo Tomiwa Olvrebi
“Be what you want to be, not what you “gotta” be.”
View the photo gallery to see the students at work in the marsh: