Environmental Protection education program enters 3rd phase

POSTED: 04/20/16 4:53 PM

 

Environmental Protection St. Maarten - Laura Bijnsdorp

Epic’s environmental educator Laura Bijnsdorp with students on an educational bird watching excursion. Photo contributed

St. Maarten News – Thanks to funding by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and other partners, the foundation Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) is able to continue with its environmental educational program.

Epic is a local non-profit foundation that carries out environmental conservation, research and education projects. Its annual environmental education program offers free educational presentations and various excursions for schools, clubs, businesses, and community groups. In the past the foundation’s environmental education program has reached thousands of primary as well as secondary school students and other community groups.

For Phase 3 of the education program, Epic is offering presentations on the following topics: effects of global warming, the importance of wetlands, and birding on St. Maarten, hurricanes and their environmental impact, island biodiversity and wildlife and importance of our beaches and coastline.

Participants can choose from various fun excursions including bird watching, kayaking, beach or wetland cleanups and hiking. The foundation also is willing to work together with participants on requests for specific topics, excursions and projects.

Schools, clubs, businesses and community groups that are interested in participating in the education program including the presentations and/or excursions can contact the foundation at laura@epicislands.org or call +1721 588 1510. The presentations are flexible, suitable for children and adults ages 8 and up and are about 45 minutes long. Binkie van Es and TriSport have assisted Epic.

The foundation urges schools to sign up soon to secure a spot, as the summer vacation is nearing and space is limited. The educational activities that Epic offers get participants outside and active. Excursions in nature foster sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for the environment. Environmental education raises awareness of issues impacting the environment and possible actions to improve and sustain it.

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