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. It should be noted that club meetings in Fall 2020 will be determined based on current COVID-19 restrictions. If there is enough interest we may host virtual clubs. Sea Beans (ages 3-5), Discovery Club (ages 6-12), Island Investigators (ages 13-16).
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.
Sea Beans meets weekly on Thursdays at 3:30pm for one hour.
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.
Club meets every Monday at the FRIENDS Education Centre. Club start date to be determined.
Island Investigators is an after school club designed by FRIENDS just for Abaco teens (ages 12-16). 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.
Island Investigators meets weekly on Wednesdays at 3:30pm at FRIENDS’ Education Centre during the school term.
If you are a community member or researcher that would like to partner on a project with Island Investigators, please contact us!