The Paddlefish Project is an environmental science enrichment program networking scientists with stakeholders to address local issues of importance.
It effectively serves as a model for creating behavioral change that benefits the environment by providing elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students, their teachers and professors, volunteers, and event attendees with content knowledge, scientific process skills, and real-world practice to make informed environmental decisions and to take responsible actions. Behavioral change will occur as participants acquire knowledge, apply their understandings while implementing investigations, and as they organize, differentiate, characterize, and evaluate data.
Final Report for Big Cypress Bayou Paddlefish Reintroduction Assessment
Paddlefish Reintroduction Education Initiative
- addresses EPA’s educational priorities for community projects
- involves preK-postsecondary students and the public
- focuses on local issues of environmental importance
Project activities are related to the reintroduction of the American Paddlefish and improving habitat for other aquatic species and terrestrial plants and animals. EPA’s environmental priorities for protecting water are addressed by monitoring surface water quality and analysis of the effectiveness of previous aquatic and land-based habitat restoration work.
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Use this Project as a Template
Even though this environmental education proposal is based on CLI’s development and implementation of an experiment for reintroducing the Paddlefish to its native waters, this project can be used as a template for the reintroduction of any native organism to its historic place by utilizing the same approach, the same activities, the same type investigations, and a similar culminating event. In addition, the Paddlefish Project provides a template for community projects emanating from previous, existing, and new scientific investigations of important environmental issues as no other education project has done.
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Grant Opportunities for Paddlefish Project Teachers
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– SUMMARY OF ACADEMIC YEAR
– EXAMPLE TIMELINE
– PADDLEFISH PROJECT REINTRODUCTION INITIATIVE
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– EVALUATION OVERVIEW