FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Oxbow Eco-Center, St. Lucie County’s environmental outreach and education center, will be once again participating in the annual “A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon” on Thursday, Oct. 10.
This program is an Indian River Lagoon-wide effort to get local students engaged in assessing the health of this 156-mile estuary. Coordinated by Missy Weiss, executive director of Sea a Difference, this event involves science and research-based organizations, environmental education agencies as well as local and state governments that reside within the five coastal counties that the Lagoon runs through from Volusia to Palm Beach counties. The estuary is home to five state parks, four federal wildlife refuges and more than 4,300 species of plants and animals.
Organizations will be paired with a teacher and group of students assigned to a specific location along the lagoon for hands-on field work. Thanks to funding from agencies such as the Oxbow Eco-Center, Sea a Difference, Inc. and Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc. (ORCA), each school will receive at least one water sampling kit.
The Oxbow Eco-Center will partner with 7th grade science teacher Alan Emerson from St. Lucie West K-8 and sample the water at Jaycee Park on South Hutchinson Island. Each group will collect data at their unique location on the same day and turns in their results to be compiled by Sea a Difference.
Many of the groups participating in the “A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon” will also have booths in the 6th Annual Indian River Lagoon Science Festival and 3rd Annual Procession of the Species events on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For details on the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival visit: https://irlsciencefest.org. To sign up for the Procession of the Species visit: www.stlucieprocession.com.
–St. Lucie County