Our community is surrounded by water and it’s our job to take care of it. The Environmental Education Program works to inspire, engage, and train a community of waterway stewards to protect and restore Charleston’s local waterways. The program delivers educational content about harbors, rivers, tidal creeks, and marshes at various volunteer and outreach events, schools, summer camps, festivals, and community groups through speaking engagements and hands-on activities.
The organization often partners with other local organizations such as:
- The SC Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) SCORE Program
- Lowcountry Land Trust
- Coastal Conservation League
- Keep Charleston Beautiful
- Youth 2 Ocean (Y2O)
- Earth Heart Growers
- and more!
Charleston Waterkeeper has developed the following hands-on activities to engage and inspire children to be effective waterway stewards. These activities are in accordance with South Carolina State Science Standards:
- Water Quality Bracelet making
- Watershed construction
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Beach Cleanups
- Marsh Cleanups
The program targets adults and children of all ages. Each outreach event is specifically tailored to engage and inspire its audience. Depending on the event and the audience’s age range, topics covered can include, but are not limited to:
- What is a Waterkeeper
- A Waterkeeper’s role in the community
- Charleston Waterkeeper’s current work and advocacy campaign
- Plastic pollution
- Tidal creek and salt marsh health and scientific research
- The Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program
- The Creek Watchers Program
- Local waterway stewardship
To know Charleston’s local waterways is to love them; to love Charleston waterways is to want to protect and restore them for future generations.
Contact Charleston Waterkeeper at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an event or activity or to learn more about our Environmental Education Program.