Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
New video on YouTube’s Delaware DNREC channel
takes viewers out on the marsh with 5th grade Eco-Explorers
DOVER (May 8, 2013) – Visitors to DNREC’s website are invited to check out a new video on YouTube’s Delaware DNREC channel that takes viewers out on the marsh with young “Eco-Explorers” at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) along the edge of the Delaware Bay east of Smyrna.
Developed as a hands-on field trip program that ties in with state science standards for 5th graders, Eco-Explorers gives Delaware students the opportunity to be scientists for a day, bringing their classroom learning to life by interacting with a real salt marsh. Eco-Explorers journey along AREC’s boardwalk, visiting six eco-stations offering fun and educational activities including catching and identifying fish, netting and learning about macroinvertebrates (creatures with no internal skeletons), and performing water chemistry tests.
“The students remember what they learn out here so much better than they would if they just read it in a book or learned it in the classroom,” says AREC educator Mary Rivera in the video. “We also want them to take away an appreciation of the value of this salt marsh and Delaware wetlands.”
In addition to “Eco-Explorers,” the Delaware DNREC YouTube Channel offers more than 50 fun, interesting and educational videos, taking viewers from the unique steam car collection at Auburn Heights Preserve to the trails and pathways of Cape Henlopen State Park, and from the Delaware Bayshore to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and many of the First State’s great outdoors places in between. Most of these videos are written and produced in-house by the DNREC Office of Public Affairs.
To view “Eco-Explorers” and other DNREC videos on YouTube, click http://youtube.com/delawarednrec.
This project is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.
Vol. 43, No. 188