Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance’s Grasses in Classes is a hands-on, environmental education program that gives students a direct role in the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. In partnership with AmeriCorps and with partial funding from the USFWS Coastal Program, Boeing Corporation, and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, CBA provides teachers in Okaloosa and Walton Counties the equipment and materials required to grow shoreline grasses at their school.
Grasses in Classes students tend salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, and receive monthly education on local estuarine topics that meet Florida’s state science standards from CBA and CBA partners (e.g. AmeriCorps members). http://basinalliance.org/…/in-the-class…/grasses-in-classes/
Third grade teachers at West DeFuniak Elementary School recently had their second visit with Grasses in Classes. Students enjoyed comparing and contrasting the Choctawhatchee Bay with and without shoreline grasses. Smooth cordgrass acts as a pollution filter and helps buffer the shoreline against flooding and erosion