WCS has been active in the classroom! The Hawksbill Project Coordinator Laura Irvine and Hawksbill Project Field Supervisor William McCoy, in cooperation with Geri Mezzoni and Ryan Mintz from Peace Corps Nicaragua, visited classrooms of grades 3-9 at Bula Lightburn School Primary School (Pearl Lagoon), Pearl Lagoon Academy of Excellence, and Andreas Carlos Primary School (Haulover), in order to talk to children about the importance of sea turtle conservation. Over 300 local school children were shown photos and videos of sea turtles during the nesting process and of hatchlings going to sea, and all enthusiastically participated in a written activity with sea turtle-related puzzels and diagrams. Each class was taught about sea turtle biology and the importance of sea turtles in the greater marine ecosystem in the Pearl Cays, and given useful ways for how they can help protect hawksbills and their local natural resources. The energy was electric as these future conservationists actively listened and participated in a fun and educational experience that was enjoyed by all!

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