Thursday, April 18, 2024

An Underwater Classroom for the Day


Grace Primary Anglican School Students explore Belize’s Barrier Reef System on a visit to Hol Chan Marine Reserve.Group picture

It is only when we look through the eyes of the next generation that we understand the importance of protecting what we have today. The Belize Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage transported 35 students of Grace Primary Anglican School from the concrete classroom to the underwater classroom of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System on Wednesday, February 25. IMG_0552A glass bottom boat opened up the underwater world of the Belize Barrier Reef to the awe-filled students, whom for many the trip was the first to Belize’s offshore.IMG_0515
The exploration at Hol Chan Marine Reserve allowed students to see corals, nurse sharks, stingrays and fish. Unscheduled show of nature’s splendor happened on the return boat trip to Belize as a pod of dolphins performed, seemingly synchronized, drawing applause and thrill from the students. Their excitement only grew as the dolphins came only a few feet away from the boat to explore.IMG_0525
While on San Pedro Ambergris Caye, the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) introduced birding to students who were excited to learn the real names of commonly known birds such as the Brown Pelican commonly known as Pelican and the Grey-tailed Grackle commonly known as Black Bird.IMG_0532
The trip was the 1st place prize won by Amber McKay of Grace Primary Anglican School from an art competition the Coalition held under the theme “Belize with a Properly Planned Oil Industry vs. an Improperly Planned Oil Industry”.

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