The Baldwin County Grasses In Classes Program
The Baldwin County Grasses in Classes (BCGIC) Program coordinates and sustains a network of teachers, students, restoration specialists, and other community members to plan and implement restoration of coastal environments in Baldwin County, Alabama.
The program is helping restore Alabama's coastal habitats, while providing high school students with the opportunity to work with environmental professionals to solve real world ecological problems.
* Over 1,000 new students from Baldwin County, Daphne, Gulf Shores, Fairhope, Foley, Robertsdale and Spanish Fort High Schools participate in the BCGIC program each school year.
* Students have now planted over 21,000 native plants at public access sites throughout Baldwin County.
* Restoration sites include: Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores, Fish River at Weeks Bay NERR, Perdido Pass Beach, the pavilion at Gulf State Park, Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, Camp Beckwith on Weeks Bay, and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge on Fort Morgan.
* Students and community volunteers have logged more than 3,500 hours conducting restoration projects since the BCGIC Program began in 2005.
Gulf State Park Before Planting (above)
Gulf State Park After Planting (above)
For more information on the Baldwin County Grasses in Classes program, contact Weeks Bay Ed. Coordinator, Margaret Sedlecky.