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Elizabeth River Education

Elizabeth River Project has emerged as the leader in regional environmental education for youth, especially regarding sea level resilience. This is critical for river health because flooding brings extreme new loads of pollution from roads, yards and other surfaces as they go under water, while rising sea levels also drown wetlands.

Your help is needed to implement a new Youth Resilience Strategy, one of the first in the nation. The New York Times recently featured our new signature program, Project Blue Crab, engaging students in a year-long student of the blue crab as a way to understand larger challenges to the river and the community. Students board the award-winning Elizabeth River Project’s Dominion Energy Learning Barge, then carry out stewardship action projects back at school and present them at an annual Youth Resilience Expo. To fill a void identified in the strategy, Elizabeth River Project also is maintaining a new regional clearinghouse on youth education regarding sea level resilience.

Together, with our growing outreach to students, volunteers and the public at Paradise Creek Nature Park, these programs are reach more than 15,000 people of all ages throughout the year. The majority of our school children are from inner-city schools where up to 100 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Your community support is key to supplementing grants and a sliding scale of nominal student fees to make these programs possible.