Creating the next generation of environmental leaders
- December 09, 2020
By Cindy Wilems, Director of Education
Have you ever been inspired by a group of teenagers?
I was recently when The Kinkaid School’s marine science classes joined Galveston Bay Foundation educators for part 2 of our Environmental Leadership virtual workshop. This workshop is a two-part series in which students learn how to be leaders for the environment, research local issues in their watershed by investigating the Galveston Bay Report Card website, and then create action plans to help solve local environmental issues.
To give you a little more background, the Houston region is made of 22 watersheds that are all part of the larger Galveston Bay watershed, which drains into Galveston Bay. Whatever happens in these sub-watersheds, either good or bad, will affect the Bay in some fashion. The goal of this workshop is to have students identify environmental issues in their own community and find real, tangible, solutions. Solutions that they can actually implement during the school year.
Oftentimes we think of environmental solutions being someone else’s job or something that we aren’t equipped to do. This workshop aims to defeat that notion, proving to students that they can make a difference in their community.
Kinkaid students researched and worked on their action plans for two weeks prior to presenting to their teachers (Sarah Shea & Tatum Branaman), peers, and Galveston Bay Foundation educators. When the presentation day arrived, we were all anxious, excited, and a little nervous. This was the first time we’ve done this workshop virtually and the students were all working from home as well. The workshop could be a hit or a flop – we wouldn’t know until the presentations started!
Fortunately, it worked out perfectly and the students went above and beyond our original concept! We were completely blown away by the thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and creativity that came from these students. They not only came up with plans but already started implementing them. The work that each group accomplished is highlighted below. We look forward to checking back in with Kinkaid at the end of the school year to see how their plans turned out.
If you’re interested in participating in the Environmental Leadership virtual workshop or any of our other virtual workshops, check them out here. We can host schools, homeschool groups, scouts, youth groups, and more. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Group plans (in no particular order)