New Sarpy Elementary Wetland Watchers Night!

Huge crowds and even bigger smiles were present as Wetland Watcher student volunteers presented a multitude of animals to plenty of eager students! As always our Hurst corporate partner Shell Norco was on hand to show off some of the cool experiments including creating some of the largest toothpaste anyone will ever see! Tonight we also had the Destrehan Robotics club showing off their inventions to help spark all of the youngsters with a love of science! All night long we heard younger students saying that they cannot wait to go to Hurst so they can be Wetland Watchers!!!!!! Along with a great number of Hurst students, we also had many Cammon, Jb Martin, Destrehan, and Hahnville students volunteering for this event! Great job by... read more

Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers Host New York School Group at Wetland Watchers Park

Twenty-four Harry Hurst Wetland Watcher 8th graders facilitated stations at Wetland Watchers Park for 125 visitors from East Kenmore High near Buffalo, New York! They were able to start their day with a full New Orleans lunch provided by Harry Hurst business partner Shell Norco that included Jambalaya w/ Chicken & Sausage, Mini Crawfish Pies, Fried Fish Bites, and Mini Muffulettas! Students worked with partners from the St. Charles Parish Sheriffs Office, the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as Shell volunteers. St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran, St. Charles Parish Recreation Director Duane Foret, Councilman Snookie Faucheaux, and Hurst Principal Jason Madere were able to visit with and welcome the teachers, sponsors, and students from New York. Mr. Milton Cambre who has been working to preserve this area for over 50 years visited with the students and teachers as well. Hurst 8th grade teacher and Wetland Watchers coordinator Barry Guillot organized the trip so the Hurst students could introduce the New York visitors to Louisiana wetland animals, plants, as well as some of the history of our area. Students facilitated stations including a Wetland Animal show with baby gators for them to hold. a Snakes Interactive station where every one of the NY students held a snake, Planting Buttonbush to help attract more butterflies to the park, and teaching our visitors how to scoop and throw cast nets, and then helping them identify the macroinvertebrates and water turtles that we have in our bayous. Fantastic day for... read more

Audubon Zoo Wetland Watchers World Wetlands Day Feb 17 2018

What a beautiful day for our Wetland Watcher students to volunteer at the Audubon Zoo World Wetlands Day Celebration!35 students and some awesome moms were on hand to facilitate activities for hundreds of visitors in the amazing Swamp Exhibit! Face Painting, Fish Printing, Photo Ops, awesome biofacts, and of course the crowd favorite WHo Dat Scat Game!!!! We had a wonderful time sharing with the public and visiting the... read more

Wetland Watchers East Regional Library Fantastic Beasts Night!

Recently, the Wetland Watchers were excited to be a part of the St. Charles Parish Eastbank Regional Library’s Harry Potter Worldwide Celebration! This year the library chose the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to highlight and the Wetland Watchers were an obvious choice to give visitors an up close view of some of our world’s most incredible, fantastic animals! Over 50 student Wetland Watcher volunteers presented to over 250 visitors during the night! Many of the costumed visitors had the opportunity to hold one of the Wetland Watchers most impressive animals, the aptly named Nagini, the 7-foot, 40 pound Columbian Red-Tailed Boa! So much fun for all of... read more

Harry Hurst Middle Wetland Watchers Night!

For 20 years Wetland Watcher student volunteers have been making presentations to students and visitors from all over the world! For the first time ever, we had a Wetland Watchers Night at Harry Hurst for our own students and their families! Great night all around with about 60 Wetland Watcher student volunteers representing 6 different schools presenting to over 200 Hurst family... read more

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

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