Tierra Verde, FL – Tampa Bay Watch has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. The conservation grant recognizes Tampa Bay Watch’s Bay Grasses in Classes Program (BGIC) efforts to educate youth through hands-on opportunities to participate in ecosystem restoration in the southeastern region of Tampa Bay.
“Tampa Bay Watch is honored to receive this generous support from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund,” says Peter Clark, Tampa Bay Watch President, “Especially for such an important, high-impact education program.”
Tampa Bay Watch initiated BGIC in 1994, and the program has established salt marsh wetland nurseries at twelve Bay Area schools, monitored and maintained by middle and high school students. Coordinated with school science teachers and their ecology and science clubs, the nurseries provide a source of native wetland plants for use in community habitat restoration projects. The program also provides students with valuable hands-on experience in habitat restoration activities while promoting science education and the value of maintaining a healthy environment.
With this support, “We will be able to reach more students through the BGIC program and restore important wetland habitats in Tampa Bay,” says Martha Gruber, Tampa Bay Watch Environmental Scientist.
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to protect species and habitats, and connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. Since its founding in 1995, DWCF has supported more than 1,000 conservation programs in 112 countries.
For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature visit ww.disney.com/conservation.
About Tampa Bay Watch
Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the charitable and scientific purpose of protecting and restoring the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary encompassing over 400 square miles of open water and 2,300 square miles of highly- developed watershed. Tampa Bay Watch involves more than 10,000 youth and adult volunteers each year in hands on habitat restoration projects. For more information on upcoming events, becoming a volunteer or member, visit www.tampabaywatch.org, or call 727-867-8166.