This past fall, Ryan Kincaid ’11 created the program “Environmental Explorers,” which helped Geneva middle school students to discover and appreciate their local environment. With the new semester now in full swing, Kincaid has another environmental project underway: Eco Fusion.
Eco fusion is a program that asks area middle school students: What does “green” really mean? Over the course of the semester, middle school students will join HWS undergraduates in an exploration of what being a citizen of Geneva – and this world – means.
“Throughout the Environmental Explorers program I heard from both Geneva middle school and HWS students alike that they were learning things that they hadn’t known about before,” says Kincaid, who hopes to see the same success in Eco Fusion. “I loved hearing “woah!” and seeing those “aha!” or “eureka!” moments take place. “
Meeting four afternoons a week at the Geneva Community Center, the program incorporates environmental education with fun. Monday through Thursday, children from Geneva middle school are given the opportunity to learn how to “go green” with the help of themed games, activities and crafts.
“The kids learn most when they’re enjoying what they’re doing and perhaps not even realizing that they’re learning,” remarks Kincaid, who is planning adventures around Geneva with co-leader Lucia Berliner ’12. Last semester, the Environmental Explorers program took students to local farms, a water treatment plant and an animal shelter.
Mondays present the opportunity to learn about the living world, and young students explore gardens and learn to care for animals. On Tuesdays, students get to flex their artistic muscles while creating art from reused and recycled materials; Wednesdays are held open for field trips; and Thursdays are filled with outdoor activities that allow students to enjoy Geneva in the fresh air.
The culmination of the program will take place in conjunction with the Seneca7 Relay race on Saturday, April 30, with “Lake Fest,” an event that celebrates the lake, bringing together the Geneva and HWS communities.