Coral Reef Ed-Ventures returning to San Pedro for Coral Reef Programs

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Press Release – Coral Reef Ed-Ventures – 2012 – Smith College

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures returning to San Pedro for 13th year of coral reef programs

Hol Chan Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is an educational summer program that teaches children about reef ecology and conservation.  In 2000, three Smith College professors collaborated with Hol Chan Marine Reserve, especially Miguel Alamilla, to create an environmental education program for Belizean school children, facilitated every year by Smith students. The goal of the program for the past twelve years has been to foster collaboration between Smith students and the residents of San Pedro to promote an understanding about the environmental and economic benefits of a healthy reef system with the hope of increasing conservation of this remarkable resource.

This program has two sessions: a one-week advanced program and a two-week youth program. The advanced program is for youth ages 13 to 18, and will create a coral reef conservation project. Last year, the group created a documentary focusing on mangrove restoration. This year we will start on Monday, June 18th and go through Friday, June 22nd. The program runs from 4PM to 6PM at San Pedro High School.

The youth program is for school children ages 7 to 12 and will run from Monday, July 2nd through Thursday, July 12th. The program runs 9:00 to 11:45AM at the RC School. Children participate in a two-week, inquiry-based program to learn about coral reefs that includes many hands-on activities that emphasize the care and preservation of the reef.

Interested students should pick up permission slips at the library (across from the RC School) or at the Hol Chan Office and bring it to the first day of the program. We hope you will join us on our coral reef adventure!

Also before the program officially gets underway there will be two movie nights with popcorn and juice. These events are open for anyone in the community who is interested, so be on the lookout for dates and times!

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