Saturday, April 16, 2016

Highlights for the week ending March 19th

Climate change curricular lessons
On March 16th, our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Helen Angell and our Education Manager Javier Cardona, facilitated climate change curricular lessons for public school students at Onofre School in Cataño.

Guardians of the Estuary in Piñones
On March 16th, the AmeriCorps VISTA group of volunteers led the activities for the Guardians of the Estuary from the Emiliano Figueroa Elementary School in Piñones. The group of 20 guardians took a workshop about mangroves and crabs in the Piñones beaches. Also, they had the opportunity to read the story “El cangrejo violinista” and made their own violinist crab in crafts.
Visitor Center
On March 17th our Visitor Center received a group of students from The Lorenzo Coballes Gandía School, in Hatillo.  The group of fifty students learned about the history of the Martín Peña Channel Communities, the environmental and social problem in the channel and the importance of the rehabilitation of this body of water. Also, our Education Manager, Javier Cardona, accompanied the student in an educational and environmental field trip through the San Juan Bay and Old San Juan. During the trip the students participated in water quality monitoring exercises, beach cleaning practices and other fun activities in the coast area.

The Recycling Plant and Packaging, and Landfill of Carolina
On March 18th our AmeriCorps VISTA visited the Recycling Plant Packaging and Landfill of Carolina. This initiative is part of the interest in developing recycling skills of our volunteers and the importance in the San Juan Estuary Program to learn more about those topics.

Water Quality Monitoring Field Trip
On Friday, march 18, our Coordinator of Water Quality Volunteer Monitoring Program, Harold Manrique, went on a water quality monitoring field trip with the specialized school "Crearte". Two teachers and six students joined our coordinator in executing water quality monitoring exercises that involved measuring parameters such as dissolved oxygen, nutrients, pH, turbidity and more. This is part of our "Guardianes del Estuario" initiative of our education program.

Coastal Profile in Piñones Beach
On March 19th our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Ivangs Rivera, MSc led a group of volunteers in another successful coastal profile in the area of Piñones. This event is part of our Citizen Science and Dune Restoration initiatives.


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