KEC has reached over 100,000 young people from
Pre-k through high school, offering unique hands-on presentations
and eco-action programs that educate and inspire children, families and the community
KEC has delivered thousands of events, eco-adventures and traditional classroom experiences. They are sometimes physically demanding; Planting native trees, clearing non-native species, establishing and rebuilding coastal mangrove sites, building and maintaining nature trails and an amazing Butterfly Garden in Fort Lauderdale’s Living Laboratory Snyder Park, Home Office to Kids Ecology Corps. These activities are reinforced with exciting educational programs and engaging hands-on community service projects for kids and their families to together learn about the environment, nature and the interconnectedness of all living things.
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale’s ArtServe /Library Building since 1990, Kids Ecology Corps moved to a new home in 2013! We are thrilled about the move to Snyder Park, our satellite office since 2007.
THE “WATERSHED TO THE REEF” PROJECT
Teacher Training – June 27th, 2015
As part of a working partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (DEP SEFCRI) KEC is launching an extensive and in-depth educational all day teachers training workshop on June 27th, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale to support Broward County elementary school educators in creating great lesson plans for their students.
A variety of SEFCRI selected reference books, dvd’s and lesson plans along with coral reef replicas for hands on demonstration purposes will be used throughout the workshop. Those materials are similarly contained in a SEFCRI traveling educational trunk available to Public School teachers upon request at the workshop.
KEC is fortunate to have expert presenters. Lou Fisher, retired Broward County Marine Biologist with 35 years experience in diving and conducting coral reef research, Lindsey Nieratka, M.S. with degrees in biology, anthropology, and environmental studies with over 5 years of environmental education experience. Morgan Romero, American Heritage School intern and Master Research Diver assists.
Four Beach Clean-Up Events – October to December 2014
In partnership with The City of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Beach Business Improvement District (BID)
250 community service volunteers cleared almost 600 pounds of debris
from South Fort Lauderdale Beaches in a total of four hours. Pretty amazing!
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“KIDS DIG IT!”
EDIBLE GARDEN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
2015 one year pilot project at Snyder Park
April 1st, April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd, Earth Day.
Home Schoolers Build a Butterfly attracting Herb Spiral Garden.
Dixie Lee Hedrington’s, FRIENDS AND STARS, home school parents and kids participate in a four-part program working with Master Environmental Educator Rachel Bissonette to build the first of many gardens in the park. Together they learn about nature and the interconnectedness of all living things.
Kids Ecology Corps “Recycle, Re-use, Renew” Earth Day Event at Citrix
April 23, 2015
Employees accompany their children
to a morning of creating hats from
recycled newspaper and
repurposed decorative materials.
Trash To Treasure Executive Director Nanette Saylor joined Kids Ecology Corps Board of Director members Sally Oken, Liz Shapiro and CEO Joan Starr for an intense, working as fast as we could, exciting morning. Jo Moskowitz joined in the fun and got big hugs.