Mrs. Rexford 7th Graders Attend Wetland Watchers Trip!

Mrs. Rexford 7th Graders Attend Wetland Watchers Trip!

Mrs. Rexford’s seventh grade science students attended their first Wetland Watchers Service-Learning trip of the year participating in stations including physical, chemical, and biological water quality testing, planting cypress trees, touring the nature trail, participating in a GPS scavenger hunt, and hands-on opportunities with Louisiana’s most famous reptiles including an alligator, a corn snake, box turtles, and an alligator snapping turtle! We had wonderful volunteers from Dow Chemical and the Motiva Refinery facilitating stations. This is also the first time we had former Wetland Watcher students that are now part of the Destrehan High WISE Club (Wildcats Interested In Saving the Environment) facilitating stations! It was na impressive group of Wetland Watchers alumni taking part including 2 students who had spoken with me in Philadelphia, 6 students who had been on Radio Disney with me, and a student whose picture is in the Heroes of the Environment book! The WISE Club is providing an opportunity for our Hurst Middle students to continue participating in service-learning activities on the high school level!...
Back in the Bayou! Wetland Watchers 8th Graders Start Off This Year’s Service-Learning Trips!

Back in the Bayou! Wetland Watchers 8th Graders Start Off This Year’s Service-Learning Trips!

The Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers were back in action recently as 135 8th grade students used Wetland Watchers Park as a setting for activities focused on geography, history, math, language arts, and science. As a service-learning project, students participate activities where they are meeting required academics standards as well as helping to improve our community and the environment. Students will use some of the information gained to create interpretive signage for the Wetland Watchers Park boardwalk. During the school year, students also share the knowledge they are learning from experts at University of New Orleans PIES, Dow, and Motiva to share with younger students across the region....
Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers and Destrehan High WISE Club Trash Bash Clean-up!

Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers and Destrehan High WISE Club Trash Bash Clean-up!

Forty-two volunteers representing Hurst Middle’s Wetland Watcher Project and the Destrehan High WISE (Wildcats Interested In Saving the Environment) Club worked together to clean-up the front boat launch area of the spillway. Students collected 32 bags of trash as well as plenty of larger junk. “I am always so proud of the students who volunteer for these events. There is so much going on for everyone every weekend that you have to respect all of the kids and adults that take time out there own schedule to try to better their community” said Hurst Middle School teacher, Barry Guillot. “Every year I am still surprised to see how many car parts and pieces of clothing we find out here! It is sad to see how people just throw their beer bottles or even dirty diapers right on the ground when garbage cans are available so close.” Students use data cards to record and tally every piece of trash collected. This information will all be graphed and analyzed in the classroom so that students can pinpoint which types of park visitors are leaving the most trash such as boaters, picnickers, campers, or fishermen....