Education and Outreach Activities
Part of Turtle Cove's mission is to provide education and outreach activities to students, teachers, and community members. These activities engender support for preserving the current wetland ecology and for future wetland restoration.
Field Trips for Students and Other Community Groups
Using the 40 ft Turtle Cove Pontoon Boat, our staff take students of all ages, Kindergarten through college (and beyond), on field trip tours of the marsh and swamp areas. These field trips involve both lectures (on the history of our coastal wetland loss problems) as well as hands-on activities where students test water quality, dip net for aquatic species, or conduct field surveys of specific animal and plant species. Canoes are also available for field trips. We can trail up to 10 canoes for a field trip anywhere around the basin. We also have canoes stationed at Galva Canal and at the main research facility in Pass Manchac. Check out our brand new Self-Guided Boardwalk Tour at Turtle Cove.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Environmental Education Grant
In conjunction with GOMA, this project, which was originally funded during 2011, seeks to create an environmentally literate public who are good stewards of the Gulf and associated watersheds. Innovative, field-based and classroom-based opportunities are provided for K-12 teachers, students and families in southeast Louisiana. Teachers, other educators and students have been attending Turtle Cove field trip tours where they learn about the impacts of coastal wetland loss, collect/analyze water quality data, perform flora/fauna identification analysis and participate in demonstrations in wetland restoration projects (plantings and Christmas tree deployments) that have been and will continue each spring. Included in these trips is a ride through the Manchac Wetlands on the Turtle Cove Pontoon Boat, where passengers are able to view first-hand the characteristics and beauty of Southeast Louisiana wetlands. A major component of each field trip is the new Self-guided Boardwalk Tour in the marsh behind Turtle Cove, where individuals learn detailed information on about 50 different flora/fauna species that inhabit the surrounding ecosystem. Families have also been asked to attend and participate in the field trips. The initial phase of this project concluded with a Teacher Workshop held at Turtle Cove facilities in accordance with this grant. Click here to view more about any upcoming workshops.
Field Training Program for Young Scientists
Funded through a NOAA grant from 2010-2011 (with activities continuing into the future), this project greatly enhanced Turtle Cove's traditional field trips into more of a new field training program for young scientists. This program is appropriate for middle and high school students (and related community groups) seeking advanced skills in wetland science. Contact Rob Moreau [email@example.com] for more information.
Although hurricanes and renovation work prevented us from hosting many of our planned teacher workshops for the past several years, we still facilitate single-day workshops when funding is available These workshops have focused on field collection techniques, using digital photography to document wetland ecosystems, and introductions to the Lake Pontchartrain system.