Outdoor Labs: Environmental Education Pilot Program

Funded through a Triangle Community Foundation Grant ($10,000)

The Orange County Water Quality Project will develop and implement an environmental education pilot program focused on increasing awareness and knowledge of water quality issues within the Eno River and Little River watersheds and their impact on the water quality and ecological health of the Neuse River Basin. The project will target Orange County 4H students and their families and promote collaboration between different local and regional environmental conservation entities.

  • Hands-on, outdoor based educational curriculum and protocols that focus on water quality and conservation activities, and service projects for local watersheds and river basins.
  • Conservation projects (e.g., riparian buffer restoration; river clean-ups, and invasive species removal) completed in collaboration with Town of Hillsborough and Orange County agencies.
  • 4 H student-developed materials for peer and public presentations (e.g., posters, 4H website).
  • Qualitative and quantitative data summaries for a summative program evaluation report.