“The 300” Launches For LA High School Students
We kicked off our exciting new educational initiative called “The 300” Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Center for Coastal and Deltaic Solutions in Baton Rouge. The program is dubbed the “The 300” partly as a nod to 300th Anniversary of New Orleans, which is becoming more and more a coastal city and to signify that we are working to inspire Louisiana’s next generation of coastal warriors.
The program will give students unprecedented access to the active coastal restoration sites, and to the coastal practitioners working to protect and restore our coast. As part of “The 300,” students and teachers will have the opportunity to meet with scientists, engineers, policymakers, and coastal experts.
“During the next three months, students will venture to the front lines of coastal restoration and protection across south Louisiana. Along the way, they will gain insights from some of our State’s leading coastal experts and policymakers,” said CRCL Executive Director Kimberly Davis Reyher. “We’ve been so pleased by the interest in the program from across our coast – from Calcasieu to St. Bernard. We are truly inspired to see this depth of interest in the next generation.”
The day-long event began with a welcome from Reyher, followed by presentations on coastal issues, harnessing the power of the Mississippi River, and a visit to the newly opened LSU Center for River Studies and its incredible river model. Twenty-two schools and a homeschool group from 11 parishes are participating in the program.
Our coastal land loss crisis will directly affect the ability of these high school students to live and work in coastal Louisiana in the future. While the situation isn’t great, we want to impress upon them there are solutions to the problems Louisiana is facing.
“I’ve learned how important it is for our projects to get implemented,” said Zachary High Student Katie Mestayer. “I discovered about all the different careers that are crucial to making these projects happen.
CRCL hopes that by showing these students the challenges coupled with the exciting career opportunities available in the coastal sciences, some participating students will decide they want to pursue coastal sciences in their post-secondary education or go to work in the fast-growing water sector.
The kickoff event was the first of four experiences the students will have during “The 300” program. The final event will take place at the 2018 State of the Coast Conference in New Orleans, and the middle events will be coastal field trips to show students, first-hand, the work being done at the forefront of this issue.
“Throughout the series, we will strive to introduce students to the educational and professional opportunities that exist for them after graduation,” said Reyher. “These students are the future champions of coastal Louisiana. We want to ensure when the time comes they are prepared to lead.”