This project was initiated by a group of ND educators and environmental professionals to establish a uniform, outdoor, youth education program addressing Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution and water quality. The "hands on" outdoor classroom is geared to 6th grade students across North Dakota. Students, their teachers, and chaperones rotate through the sessions on prairies, soils, water quality, wetlands, and woodlands. At the end of the day they are able to recognize how all these components work together for a healthy eco-system.
Funding is available to any district that would like to host an Eco-Ed Program for the schools in their county. Students are required to take a pre-test before attending. A post-test is given at the end of the day, which show the task force and legislators that the students are indeed learning about our natural resources.