Local Groups Involve Kids in Restoration of Local Waters

Choctawhatchee Bay

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) alongside NWF Environmental Stewards will kick off their ‘From Shelves to the Shores’ Program with three community libraries — Niceville Public Library, Destin Library and the Coastal Branch Library in South Walton.

Over the next three months, the Alliance will host activities every other week at these libraries for children aged 4-12.

The children will participate in array of activities that range from growing a native, shoreline grass to observing live animals to creating their very own oyster.

“This year we are expanding our program to include three community libraries,” said the Alliance’s Education Coordinator Brittany Tate. “We hope this program encourages children to fall in love with our local waters through fun, hands-on education.”

The Coastal Branch Library is hosting an exciting line-up of events every first Thursday and third Saturday for an hour of fun. Activities include:

What: Salt Marsh Exploration
When: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4 p.m.

What: Adventure in the Watershed
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

What: The Crafty Oyster
When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 4 p.m.

What: Water Pollution Wipeout
When: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

What: Touch Tank with Live Creatures
When: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4 p.m.

What: Field Trip to the Bay
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

The project is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to come to their closest library to learn something new about the Choctawhatchee Bay and the local environment.

For more info, visit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.