Each school year, our partners at Friends of Little Orange Creek host the CrEEK Program (Creekside Environmental Ed for Kids) at Little Orange Creek Nature Center. Through the program, approximately 700 fourth graders from under-served schools in East Gainesville are bused out to Little Orange Creek Nature Park where they learn basics in wetland and wildlife ecology. Instructors use a hands on approach to teaching using the natural resources of the park as their medium, while focusing on concepts including interdependence and life cycle continuity.
As a program partner, ACT provides support for busing and supplies as well as consultation on strategies and topics for teaching.
THE CREEK TEAM
Randi Cameon, Program Director, MPH, Specialist in Child Health
Christy Penman, Program Coordinator and Environmental Educator
Crystal Hartman, Biologist and Aquatic Scientist
Kate Hellgren, Wildlife Ecologist and Environmental Educator
Guylene Resue, Alachua County Librarian - Hawthorne Branch