The North Lakeland Discovery Center has announced that the center is the recipient of a $1,500 grant from Xcel Energy to fund environmental education programming for area schools.
Water specialist and AIS coordinator, Anne Kretschmann, in addition to naturalist Licia Johnson, will develop and deliver a program entitled “The Wonders of Water Workshop” to schools with the funds.
Through The Wonders of Water Workshops, the Discovery Center will provide area school students curriculum that links surface water such as wetlands and lakes with groundwater, allowing students to explore the connections between them. Students will also examine the effects that humans have on these landscapes and their role as future water resource stewards.
Students will have the opportunity to study the lake, bog/wetland, and groundwater resources at the Discovery Center campus during the workshops.
“We are located in one of the highest densities of freshwater lakes in the world, Kretschmann said. “This landscape is an amazing natural outdoor classroom that offers unique opportunities to explore water resources and wetlands through education and stewardship. Despite these resources in the area, historically there has been a lack of funding toward educational opportunities for students focusing on the importance of water resources.
“Through the generosity of Xcel Energy, funding for the project will provide this experience for students.”
Programs like this, an entire day dedicated to one of our natural resources, allow students to understand the basic happenings in our natural world and to make connections to other resources.
The environmental education programming at the Discovery Center is dedicated to providing high quality, educational, and fun experiences to local students.