"Live" Environmental Studies Program to Be Offered to Elementary Schools from the Dolphin Explorer

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Project-based environmental studies program centered around ongoing "Live-from-the-Boat" field research designed to common core standards for grades 2 to grades 5.

Students at Crafton Elementary

Students were eager to enter my class and reluctant to leave. I witnessed them become leaders among their peers!

On October 1st, 2012, the first of three 10 week Environmental Studies Programs will begin broadcasting "live" from one of the survey boats of Sea Excursions 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project.

This Fall Program is being offered to elementary school grades 2 to 5 in Pittsburgh, PA and Collier County, FL.

The Program was pilot tested for the full 2011-2012 school year in selected classes in Pittsburgh's Carlynton School with excellent results."Students were eager to enter my class and reluctant to leave. I witnessed them become leaders among their peers!" said Susan Kosko, Reading Support Teacher at Crafton who led the effort into the Carlynton District.

In addition to the "live" portion of the Program, classes will receive up to 30 lesson plans, with "teachable moment" videos and other collateral materials, all designed to the Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skill requirements. The Program focuses on five main themes: Conservation, Relationships in the Ecosystem, Science, and Research, Water Properties and Habitat.

The Program educates children on the importance of the environment and helps to raise awareness for the protection and conservation of different habitats and species.

"Particpants in the Fall Program are in for a special time", said Chris Desmond, Director of the Project. "It's birthing time for all of our baby dolphins which students will join us in sighting", he concluded.

The Program is hosted by James Livaccari, resident biologist with the Project. James hosted the Program's one year pilot test in Pittsburgh's Carlynton School District and became loved by teachers, students and parents.

The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project is owned, operated and funded by Sea Excursions, Inc.

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