Friends of the Environment hosts after-school clubs for multiple age groups on a variety of topics. Many Bahamians rely on their environment, whether through tourism related jobs, fishing, or sustenance. Therefore, it is vital that our youths gain an appreciation for natural resources and obtain the tools they need to ask critical questions and become ambassadors for the Bahamian environment. After-school clubs are held during the school term and not during listed school holidays. See below for more information on each club.
Our after-school clubs for Fall 2022 will be in person, with COVID-19 protocols enforced. Clubs begin the week of September 26th 2022, and will be held at the Frank Kenyon Centre in Marsh Harbour.
They will run for a total of 12 weeks.
We offer three clubs:
Sea Beans (ages 3-6) : every Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm
Eco-Scouts (ages 7-11) : every Tuesday, 3:30-5:00pm
Island Investigators (ages 12-17) : every Wednesday, 3:30-5:00pm
Each club is $50.00 per student for the semester. (September-December 2022)
Payment details are on the registration form (follow the "sign up today!" link below).
Sea Beans are seeds that wash up on our coasts from distant lands. Finding a sea bean is a beachcomber’s treasure. It is this sort of discovery and delight in nature that we want to pass on to young Bahamians.
The Sea Beans curriculum was developed with the assistance of education partners and was designed with specific benchmarks in mind for each lesson. Activities focus on themes related to local animals and habitats; club members will learn a word of the week, participate in arts and crafts, reading and games, and outdoor exploration. Themes include: plants, animals, coral reefs, mangroves, fossils, litter and recycling.
For Fall 2022, Sea Beans will be hosted at the Frank Kenyon Centre (our research centre on FRIENDS' campus) in Marsh Harbour. Every Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm. Beginning September 29th 2022.
Eco Scouts is a 10 week after-school environmental club for ages 7-11 designed by Friends of the Environment. It allows students to learn and explore their natural environment while sparking creativity and independent thinking. Students can receive badges for completing each semester’s program as well as for environmental stewardship in their communities.
For Fall 2022, Eco-Scouts will be hosted at the Frank Kenyon Centre (our research centre on FRIENDS' campus) in Marsh Harbour. Every Tuesday, 3:30-5:00pm. Beginning September 27th 2022.
Island Investigators is an after school club designed by FRIENDS just for Abaco teens (ages 12-17). Island Investigators engages club members in scientific discovery, conservation, and community service. Students are empowered to lead their own investigations and troubleshoot their projects under the guidance of FRIENDS’ education team. Students are also encouraged to share their results with the public. In January 2016, club members became the first high school students to present at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference! Since the club began in January 2015, club topics have included queen conch conservation, land-based pollution, and coral reef restoration.
For Fall 2022, Island Investigators will be hosted at the Frank Kenyon Centre (our research centre on FRIENDS' campus) in Marsh Harbour. Every Wednesday, 3:30-5:00pm. Beginning September 28th 2022.
If you are a community member or researcher that would like to partner on a project with Island Investigators, please contact us!