BAY GRASSES IN CLASSES
Schools in the Program
The BGIC program gives students the opportunity to learn about the Tampa Bay estuary by growing and maintaining on-campus salt marsh nurseries. It also provides hands-on opportunities for students to appreciate and learn about the importance of salt marsh vegetation to the estuarine ecosystem. Currently, there are 15 schools and 19 nurseries that are part of the BGIC program. These schools helped to restore six acres of shoreline around Tampa Bay in the last year!
Lakewood High School
Lakewood High School has been an exceptional member of the BGIC program this year. New to BGIC, Lakewood teacher Rachel Schalles has brought her students out to help with a multitude of TBW events. They have completed one Paspalum vaginatum harvest at the donor marsh in Port Manatee and one Paspalum planting at Safety Harbor and are eager to get their second nursery up and running. They also participated in an oyster restoration project at Fantasy Island.
Special thanks to all of the Lakewood students who donated their time as well as to Rachel Schalles for all the help this year. We look forward to continuing to work with Lakewood this year!
Image above/right: Students from Lakewood High School helping their teacher, Rachel Schalles, out of the donor marsh in Port Manatee.
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