Get Hip to Habitat

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The Get Hip to Habitat program melds GBF’s environmental education and habitat restoration initiatives into a year-long program. Participation in the program requires sustained activity and a commitment by teachers and students of a full school year.

  • In the fall of the school year, students harvest native estuarine marsh grass with GBF educators and learn about local marsh characteristics. Back on their campus grounds, they set up mini-marsh grass nurseries on their school grounds.
  • Throughout the school year, students cultivate their grasses and monitor the growth and health of their mini-marshes by regularly testing and maintaining the proper environmental parameters of their nurseries.
  • In the winter, the students receive an in-class presentation delivered by GBF education staff to supplement the program.
  • In the spring, students culminate their project by transplanting their matured grasses to local estuarine marsh restoration sites selected by GBF.

The program teaches students about the ecosystem and watershed, as well as imparting a sense of ownership of and responsibility for their marsh restoration project, all while teaching them to be good stewards of Galveston Bay.

One teacher’s remarks on the program:

“I cannot tell you what this program means for my students. For so many of them, it is the first time they see the world for what it can be outside of their neighborhoods. They are so very proud of their efforts and they work so hard throughout the year and have so much pride at school and at home from the project. I cannot thank you enough as a teacher! This program changes lives…not just those who inhabit the wetlands planted!”

Program cost: Varies depending on grant support. See registration link for more details!

Get Hip to Habitat: register here for the 2018-2019 school year!

For more information, please contact Megan Imme at mimme@galvbay.org