Floating classroom hooking learners and community

WEST POINT, Ga – It’s called a one-of-a-kind environmental education experience for children. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization turns what was just a boat ride into a floating classroom. Tonight on Assignment Education – News 3 explores the depths of the lessons being offered.

There’s nothing Henry Jacobs loves more than spreading his enthusiasm for nature – – particularly when it comes to West Point Lake.

“You do see it..that moment of when kind of the light turns on,” says Henry Jacobs, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Outreach Manager.

Turning on that light is what happens when this custom built tritoon boat goes from this   . . . to this!

“Support from the community has brought this boat here,” says Jacobs, grateful for all sponsor and donors to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Thanks to sponsors who are committed to education, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is able to provide free tours to students from Georgia and Alabama.

For that reason, they call it a floating classroom.  Truly, there could not be a better name for the Miss Sally than floating classroom. When kids come on board, they receive lessons that align with their school

“We are bringing performance standards to the programs, whether it’s Georgia performance standards or Alabama education standards.  And the teachers, love that,” says Jacobs.

This field– or river– trip is much more than a talk and tour.  Students also have a chance to get their hands dirty.

“Doing water tests, we let them test PH of the water, dissolved oxygen, we have plankton nets, look under the microscope.  Simple things, but really great ways to engage them,” says Jacobs.

Engaging a new generation with a love and appreciation for science, nature, and history.

For more information about Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, please click here.


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