Grasses In Classes
About Grasses in Classes
CBA’s Grasses in Classes is a hands-on, environmental education program that gives students a direct role the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. In partnership with AmeriCorps and with partial funding from the USFWS Coastal Program, Boeing Corporation and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, CBA provides teachers in Okaloosa and Walton Counties the equipment and materials required to grow shoreline grasses at their schools.
Grasses In Classes students tend salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, and receive monthly education on local estuarine topics that meet Florida's state science standards from CBA and CBA partners (e.g. AmeriCorps members). Periodically, the schoolchildren split the grasses to increase the nursery stock. At the end of the school year, Grasses in Classes culminates with students planting their shoreline grasses at one of our salt marsh restoration sites along Choctawhatchee Bay as part of our living shoreline initiative. The program instills a love of local habitat, restores shoreline and inspires the next generation of watershed stewards.
See what these young stewards had to say about their Grasses In Classes experience!
For the 2015-2016 school year, CBA's Grasses In Classes program is being implemented at 21 elementary schools in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, reaching over 2,300 students in 110 classrooms monthly. Through this program, CBA hopes inspire the next generation of water stewards so that we can rely on our precious water resources for generations to come.
For the 5-year history of CBA implementing the full Grasses In Classes Program in Okaloosa and Walton County schools,