Environmental Science for the Children of AppalachiaProject led by Watch Me Grow Ohio
About the project.
In partnership with multiple community partners at Shawnee State Forest and Shawnee State University’s Department of Natural Sciences, Watch Me Grow Ohio’s natural and environmental science programs will provide interactive educational opportunities for more than 35 registered youth in Scioto County, most of whom are at-risk, minority children from low-income families in under-served communities throughout Scioto County. These educational programs will teach youth about environmental and sustainable practices in composting, recycling, and waste reduction, as well as provide hands-on exploration of local forests and wildlife, including nature hikes and edible plant classes to encourage appreciation for our natural resources and introduce youth to natural and environmental sciences and stewardship. Activities may include tree grafting, soil testing, and monarch butterfly tracking
FAO staff comments.
Experience in and understanding of Appalachian Ohio’s natural environment is essential to its future.
Watch Me Grow Ohio’s program is focused on providing environmental education to children from historically underserved communities in Scioto County. These programs provide both hands-on experiences in nature and lessons on sustainable environmental practices, providing them with the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Appalachian Ohio and play an active part in preserving it for future generations.