Green Reef field trips provide science classes a visit to view the island's marine life

Teacher Katy Brickey and one of the science classes from San Pedro R.C. Primary School on their way to Hol Chan

Through the educational programs of Green Reef - San Pedro's non-governmental environmental organization (NGO) - hundreds of school children, from pre-school to high school are learning first-hand about the marine world that surrounds us, and the coral reef that protects and supports the abundant marine life.

At the start of the school year, last September, members of Green Reef have been a regular part of the science classes in the schools. At the pre-school level the children were introduced to Belize's vast marine population by means of slide shows and lectures. The children were also presented with marine life drawing books. Green Reef's programs were conducted at ABC Pre-School, San Pedro Pre-School and Little Angel's Pre-School.

San Pedro Roman Catholic. School, Lidia's Institute of Fine Education and Island Academy students have been privileged to have marine biologists present lectures and slide shows as part of the science curriculum. Field trips to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley in the glass bottom boat Southern Beauty gave the students a first hand experience with the marine life they had been studying for the past 6 months. Fourth Form Students at San Pedro High, in addition to classroom lectures during science classes, conducted oxygen and salinity level comparison tests at reef and lagoon sites. Green Reef's program took the students out of the classroom lab into the environment they are studying.

Green Reef is currently making plans for Earth Day and the second annual Reef Festival to be held in April. For more information about Green Reef contact Mito Paz at 3739.

Green Reef field trips provide science classes a visit to view the island's marine life

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