NYLC Founder Discusses HMS Wetland Watchers in An Article about Service-Learning

Very honored to have the Wetland Watchers mentioned in an article by the man who founded the National Youth Leadership Council! Click the link below to read the article! Very cool!!! Dr. James “Jim” Kielsmeier is founder and President/CEO of the National Youth Leadership Council, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also founded the Center for Experiential Education and Service-Learning at the University of Minnesota, where he is also an Adjunct Professor.  Click the link to read the whole article!... read more

Allemands Elementary Wetland Watchers Night November 29, 2017

Fantastic night at Allemands Elementary with over 55 student volunteers representing 6 different schools presenting to Allemands’ students and their families! Two firsts tonight…first Wetland Watchers Night at Allemands and the first group of RK Smith students volunteering with Wetland Watchers! Great job by all... read more

HMS Wetland Watchers Night at Schoeffner Elementary – November 15, 2017

What an awesome night at Schoeffner Elementary for Wetland Watchers Night! We had over 70 student volunteers representing 5 different schools presenting to well over 300 Schoeffner family members! Our Shell scientist volunteers are doing some great experiments and demonstrations and making our Wetland Watcher nights even better!!! We met lots of Schoeffner 5th graders that are ready to come to Hurst and join the Wetland Watchers. Really enjoyed meeting all of the wonderful students from JBM and Cammon that are becoming Wetland Watcher... read more

Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers Night with the NBA Pelicans! November 1, 2017

What a great night with the NBA Pelicans! Our Harry Hurst students represented us fantastic as usual with our choir singing the National Anthem, our dance team and cheer squad performing, students standing with players during the National Anthem, and students high-fiving players as they ran onto the court! Over 150 of our Hurst family attended the game for this incredible... read more

Wetland Watchers Night at Norco Elementary – November 9th

About 45 HMS Wetland Watchers student volunteers representing Hurst Middle, JB Martin Middle, Cammon Middle, Destrehan High, St. Charles Catholic, and St. Charles Borromeo along our Shell Scientist volunteers, presented to nearly 500 Norco family members during the Wetland Watchers Night at Norco... read more

Wetland Watchers Night at RJ Vial Elementary – November 8th

So excited to start off our Wetland Watcher Nights at all of our St. Charles Parish Elementary schools! FIrst one…RJ Vial with a packed house and fantastic Hurst Student volunteers joined by awesome student volunteers from Destrehan High, Cammon Middle, JB Martin Middle, and even LSU! So much fun for all of... read more

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

October 2014

Come join us at the wetland watchers park first haunted history hike on October 18, 2014 from 6:00-10:00 PM at 1650 Lower Guide Levee Road Norco, LA for Halloween themed family fun!!! The guided nature trail walk is $3.00, Trunk and treating is $1.00 for 10... read more

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