Urban Ecology Center offers hands-on science education

Posted at 3:41 PM, Sep 13, 2016

The Urban Ecology Center has a school partnership program called the Neighborhood Environmental Education Program or NEEP.

The center contracts with schools to hold science class outside.

"We really have to get them out here, have them get dirty, jump in puddles, climb trees, and learn about insects when they have them in their hand," said environmental educator Miguel Santos.

Santos added, "We have a real-life lab, the laboratory outside here, in the pond, where they get to catch those macroinvertebrates, the water backs, and get to learn about the water quality and whatnot."

The Urban Ecology Center education programs serve grades K3 to high school. They're working with 18 schools and will soon have 22.

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