ECCO

By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
Black History Month

 

It’s back-to-school time and for awhile the zoo public areas are pretty quiet.  The Zoo Education department is switching gears from camp-mode to school and field trip-mode.   This is what we are here for; to help students and educators realize that the zoo is more than entertainment.  Zoos and aquariums are invaluable classrooms and laboratories.  No classroom in the world is better suited to teaching life science lessons on animal biology, environmental science, habitats, life cycles and so much more.  Science should be touched, tasted and smelled.  We have all of that here.

Right now we are very excited at having an even greater opportunity to impact future generations!  We are now a partner in ECCO (Education, Conservation and Community Opportunities).       This program is for New Orleans youth, ages 13 to 16, to experience the Zoo over the school year through activities that focus on leadership, animal husbandry, conservation and local and global environmental issues.  Participants will attend two weekly interactive workshops after school and work on projects that focus on team building and technology; they can even work on personal school based homework while here. 

This is what the youth and parents of teens have been looking for!  A safe, after school learning environment that focuses on the environment and positive youth development.  We are so honored and thrilled to be part of this program.

This program is funded by a grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services.  All services for the youth are free and there is opportunity for assistance with transportation fees.  There is an application process and the program starts September 23, 2010.  Parents, teachers, youth, community leaders  please contact us.  We have an opportunity to make a difference. For more information and an application please contact Veronica Del Bianco at 504-212-5226