STBGNC seeks support for its Connecting Children with Nature Youth/School Education Program. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center proposes to enhance development and support sustainability of its youth education and environmental programming by providing and allocating necessary resources to be utilized for program sustainability and to continue services for low income children, attending partnering public school districts. In 2018, STBGNC provided programs for 4,500 students.
STBGNC provides an experiential on-site learning facility to get kids out of the classroom and into our natural environment for hands-on learning that reinforces scientific concepts and fosters an appreciation and understanding of fragile ecosystems, thus preparing informed leaders of tomorrow. STBGNC helps children link environmental education concepts taught in classrooms to real life situations, preparing them to be well-educated, responsible members of society and future decision makers and social influencers. STBGNC provides programs for off-site Family Science Night Events and Career Days, as well. These programs provide education program components for each off-site event.
With a large percentage of these students at or near poverty level, opportunities are rare or non-existent for these children to benefit from an outdoor education platform.
Environmental learning experiences for these students are extremely limited. It is imperative for us to assist in providing such opportunities. Support for this program includes program facilitation, supplies, classroom scholarships and staff.
Counties Served include Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, and San Patricio.