EPIC is committed to teaching younger generations about biodiversity issues in the Grenadines archipelago, especially seabirds and their role in the marine ecosystem. Through interactive school presentations and field trips, we aim to inspire the next generation to be stewards of the Grenadines islands.
Children often express amazement at the unique features and abilities seabirds possess, for example, having webbed feet, waterproof feathers and raising only one chick per year. They are also astonished to see how well seabirds are able to cope with the everyday struggles of survival, such as being able to drink saltwater and migrate long distances. The cultural value of seabirds is also shared, such as elders discussing how they use certain seabirds to find fish and to understand weather patterns. Students are informed of careers that involve seabirds, such as fisherfolk, biologist, sailor, and tour operator, and provided with seabird identification cards, books and posters for further education.
Post event assessments have demonstrated that all students gain an average of 50% increase in knowledge about seabirds through presentations. To ensure long-term integration of environmental education into schooling, a curriculum titled “Seabirds of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada” was drafted to comply with local school system criteria and endorsed by the Department of Education.