On a beautiful sunny day in Niagara Falls last Thursday, Mayor Paul Dyster joined 30 middle school students during an exploration of the Niagara Falls watershed as part of Honeywell Adventures in Environmental Leadership. The program, which is a collaboration among Honeywell, the OSC Charitable Foundation, the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, and the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, aims to stimulate learning about science and the environment and increase awareness about how actions on land affect local waterways.
During Honeywell Adventures in Environmental Leadership, students learn by doing. Experts working with local middle school science teachers used an interactive, hands-on curriculum to bring science and the environment to life. Fifty-four students participated in the program, which ran from August 10 to 14.
“Riverkeeper applauds Honeywell, the OSC Charitable Foundation, and the Niagara Falls Housing Authority for supporting this program that connects students to our precious local waterways. Together, we will inspire our next generation of environmental leaders,” said Jill Jedlicka, Riverkeeper Executive Director.
Instructors engaged the students in a discussion about history, ecology, geography, water quality, fish consumption advisories, birds and other wildlife, native plants, and restoration work. During the hikes, children were introduced to bird biology, bird watching, and bird identification skills. With Friends of Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, students learned about their watershed and environmental stewardship.