Golden Triangle is engaged in a variety of education and outreach programs across the 14 county area we serve.
Our educational programs are aimed to empower local communities and stakeholders to become equipped with important knowledge to effectively steward our region’s natural resources. Our workshops are designed to empower groups that include:
- Local government departments or individual landowners involved with managing regional infrastructure such as unpaved roads.
- Local schools and youth programs such as 4-H who learn through our natural resource education activities about how to steward the water, air, and land of the places they call home.
- Individual citizens looking to improve their communities by cleaning up polluted waterways or by being involved in supporting the habitat of a treasured animal species such as the gopher tortoise.
- Landowners interested in effectively stewarding their forestland to support native species and enhance the local ecological diversity.
Through these and other similar outreach and educational events, Golden Triangle serves as a vehicle for effective community education programs that improve quality of life for all citizens. A list of recent programs is below.
Youth 4-H "H2O" Camp
During the past few summers, Golden Triangle has joined a handful of other presenters at the Stripling Irrigation Park in Camilla for the annual Youth 4-H “H2O camp.” The camp is attended by 4-H clubs from around the region with a total of around 70-80 students. Along with other presentations covering various aspects of the uses, conservation, and importance of water, Golden Triangle engages the kids in Watershed discovery activities. Through Julie Shutters' engaging and entertaining approach, students learn how a watershed functions and can become impaired. Through a interactive activities such as painting a mural, creating model aquatic macro-invertabrets, and more, students brainstorm about solutions and discover ways they can begin to make a difference for water quality in their communities.
Natural World Discovery Youth Education Program
Golden Triangle is actively pursuing expansion of its Youth Nature Education program under the project name “Natural World Discovery Youth Environmental Education Program”.
This program aims to improve appreciation for area natural resources among local schoolchildren. Through engaging and interactive presentations for students and exceptional tailor made training programs for teachers, the program is empowering local students to be tomorrow’s innovative natural resource stewards. Their wise stewardship is vital for the ongoing survival and success of the rural communities of southwest Georgia.
Through presentations in local schools and youth programs such as 4-H, students learn through our natural resource education activities about how to steward the water, air, and land of the places they call home.
We have applied for a handful of grants to further the project and are developing partnership relationships with other nature education presenters.
These include UGA’s Dr. Nick Fuhrman, (aka, “Ranger Nick,” pictured) and Georgia Pacific’s Forester. In partnership with Georgia Pacific, we recently conducted presentations at Miller and Seminole county schools.
Water Quality Testing
Golden Triangle RC&D conducts Water Quality Assurance/Quality Control certification (QA/QC) workshops through the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program. One such workshop was held on September 26th, 2017 for Flint Riverkeeper volunteers and Flint Riverquarium staff.
Golden Triangle’s Julie Shutters is a qualified instructor in this program, enabling us to offer certification workshops in this bacteria & chemical water testing program. This training is valuable not only to community volunteers with river groups like Flint Riverkeeper, but also landowners and anyone involved with managing water resources. This workshop was also attended by Dr. Drew Schiavone of the Regenerative Agriculture Program at Andrew College in Cuthbert.