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Sankofa prepares wetlands for education

Jacob L’Hommedieu
Michelle Wilkerson, a representative from Sankofa, shows off the outdoor classroom setup at Sankofa Wetland Park & Nature Trail, Wednesday, August 16. The non-profit organization will be hosting a children’s educational program to inform about local wildlife and their ecosystem.

As Southeastern Louisiana continues to face threats of natural disaster, Sankofa Community Development Corporation aims to address these issues through education and land restoration.

Sankofa is building a children’s educational program based in the Wetland Park and Nature Trail, located in New Orleans, LA. Originally, the park was used primarily as an illegal dumping site before being rehabilitated in 2014.

Wetlands play an important role in Southern Louisiana’s native ecosystem, said Karen Marshall, an Environmental and Earth Science Education Consultant working with Sankofa’s new program.

Marshall added that the wetlands aid in water retention, which in turn decreases flooding risk.

This program offers children hands-on experience with the native ecology which surrounds them, as well as an opportunity to discuss and discover solutions to the environmental issues plaguing Southeastern Louisiana, Marshall said.

And, this program is directly connected to Louisiana’s Next Generation Science Standards, Marshall said.

“I myself am a firm believer that the answers to a lot of those problems are in someone’s classroom somewhere,” she said.

Keith Craft grew up exploring the wetlands surrounding his home in New Orleans’ ninth ward. Now, he is a Sankofa Wetland Park Ambassador.

Craft said that his experience growing up impacted the form in which this program took.

“We learned a lot on our own, just being outside experiencing life,” Craft said. “It’s beautiful to see it coming back.”

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Ava Acharya
Ava Acharya, Assistant News Editor
Ava Acharya is currently the Assistant News Editor at the Maroon. She has written for the Maroon numerous times. She is a Mass Communication major with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Although she is originally from Northern California, Ava has since made New Orleans her home and embraces the Loyola community.
Jacob L’Hommedieu
Jacob L’Hommedieu, Worldview Editor
Jacob L'Hommedieu is the Worldview Editor of The Maroon. He is a Senior Political Science Major with a Minor in Social Media Communications. Other than writing, he enjoys spending time with his friends and relaxing on the front porch with a cool glass of water.

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