70+ volunteers enable Florida students to learn about water at sanctuary

Students at the Crystal Springs Preserve took part in Project WET activities to learn about waterStudents at the Crystal Springs Preserve took part in Project WET activities to learn about water More than 350 fourth and fifth grade students from the Hillsborough River watershed in east-central Florida experienced a full day of free, hands-on activities meant to promote awareness of the conservation of water resources as part of the Crystal Springs Foundation’s 10th annual “Make a Splash” community water festival. Held on March 19, 2016 at Crystal Springs Preserve in Zephyrhills, Florida; the festival gave students the opportunity to learn about water, watersheds, upcycling and water conservation. In partnership with Project WET, Crystal Springs Foundation aims to provide quality environmental education programs that empower students, parents, and educators in the community to make environmentally conscious decisions.

The sanctuary is famous for Crystal Springs, which discharges 30 million gallons of water per dayThe sanctuary is famous for Crystal Springs, which discharges 30 million gallons of water per day Along with the fourth and fifth grade students, 20 eighth graders volunteered as group leaders to help guide and mentor their younger peers. In addition, more than 50 community volunteers from local corporations helped facilitate the event. Throughout the day, students rotated through Project WET activities including “The Long Haul”, “Branching Out!”, “The Incredible Journey”, “Macroinvertebrate Mayhem” and “A-MAZE-ING Water”. These educational programs allowed students to have fun while learning about water. This year the event also featured the Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Posse, civilian volunteers and their horses.

 

The Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Posse, civilian volunteers and their horses were part of this year's eventThe Pasco Sheriff Mounted Posse, civilian volunteers and their horses were part of this year's event A Project WET partner since 2012, Crystal Springs Preserve is a 525-acre sanctuary devoted to environmental education and dedicated to the preservation of Florida’s natural environment. Offering a wealth of wilderness experiences for visitors, the preserve features Crystal Springs, a Magnitude 2 Spring System, which discharges 30 million gallons of water per day. To learn more about Crystal Springs Preserve, visit their website at www.crystalspringspreserve.com or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crystalspringsfoundation.

 

 

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