Our Earth Stewards students spend ten weeks studying and exploring the ecosystems of our coastal national forest and wildlife refuges. They see science at work in the real world as they assess water quality and habitat diversity and learn about human impacts on our coastal ecosystems. Hands-on field experience is the heart of our program and giving students the opportunity to explore the diverse ecosystems of an undeveloped barrier island gives new dimension to the educational experience we offer.
We journey through five ecosystems found on the island; estuary, high marsh, maritime forest, freshwater wetland, and beach. Each student is responsible for doing some homework to become our “expert” on one plant or animal found in these ecosystems. Student then teach each other about their species.