Service Learning-To Protect Our Wetlands

Leading the Effort in Wetland Restoration

The Wetland Watchers Program

Square Feet Of Land Has Been Recovered By The Wetland Watchers

Students Visit And Participate With The Wetland Watchers Each Year

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Wetland Watchers Celebration 2016 a Huge Success!

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Hurst Wetland Watchers Honored with Louisiana 2015 Special Recognition Award at the DEQ Environmental Leadership Program Ceremony

    The Environmental Leadership Awards for 2015 were presented at DEQ in late March. The recipients of these awards have projects that improve the environment — not because they are required to, but because they care. They are environmental leaders. These projects go above and beyond standards and come in all shapes and sizes. The first award of the afternoon was presented to the Harry Hurst Middle School Wetland Watchers from Destrehan, a program that promotes service learning. Fifteen students, wearing green Swamp School Wetland Watchers T-shirts and representing 250 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, joined their teacher, Barry Guillot, to receive the award. These students won for participating in service activities to improve their local habitat and raise environmental awareness through outreach. DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch, Senate Environmental Quality Committee Chair Mike Walsworth, and House of Representatives Natural Resources and Environmental Committee Chair Gordon Dove presented the awards. The students, also accompanied by their principal, Steven Guitterrez, received the Special Recognition Award in Community Environmental Outreach for their school. “It is a great honor for the Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers Project to be selected by the Environmental Leadership Awards Committee with a Special Recognition Award,” Guillot said. “There are so many wonderful environmental education projects in Louisiana that it is exciting to see my students and partners singled out for the hard work and effort put into every Wetland Watcher outreach and service event.” “The students were so impressed with how pretty the trophy is, the fact that there was a senator and a representative present for the awards, and that they got interviewed on television,”... read more

Wetland Watchers Park Open For Visitors!!!

The Wetland Watchers service-learning project was started during the 1997 – 1998 school year as a way to utilize our beautiful Louisiana wetlands as an outdoor classroom where students could be fully immersed in science while learning about the many values of our wetlands and the many challenges that they face. We adopted a small tract of land to improve it for our field studies and to attempt to keep it from washing away. Our first step was cleaning out all of the trash and appliances that people had dumped in the area. Some of these items included refrigerators, clothes dryers, sofas, and many car parts. I merely wanted to have a place to bring my 150 students, but as word spread many other teachers and parents wanted their students involved as well. We became a whole school project and quickly started including other schools throughout our district. As we expanded to include more students, it was apparent that the community was excited about what was happening as different agencies, organizations, businesses, and colleges enthusiastically offered their expertise, time, and resources. We currently have solid partnerships with over 35 different organizations. Student activities include planting trees, water quality testing, picking up trash, and working on what will be the first public nature trail in our area. My students use the knowledge they gain from working with experts on these trips to lead wetland trips for younger students. Our students currently work with students from 18 other schools through facilitating field experiences and science night presentations. Students become community leaders as they host weekend community trash clean-ups, and tree plantings.... read more