Last week we educated students through a new program - the "Cougar Posse" in partnership with The Cougar Fund and Florida Gulf Coast University. The first field trip of this program taught Kelly Elementary School fourth and fifth grad students about mountain lions.
The Cougar Posse is a program that teaches fourth grade students about cougars, the Florida panther and water conservation. The program incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach enhancing students' skills in reading, writing, geography, math, art, and research skills. Students revolve through five different stations where volunteers and scientists teach them about kittens, research, radio collars, infrared cameras, cougar tracks, natural history and water conservation. These experiences build confidence and help all participants to understand our natural world.
The program is a partnership between:
Craighead Beringia South - Putting science to work for wildlife Craighead Beringia South is a wildlife research and education institute located in Kelly, Wyoming.
The Cougar Fund - Based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming The Cougar Fund is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit advocacy organization working to protect the cougar throughout the Americas.
Florida Gulf Coast University - The Florida Panther Posse is an environmental education program run through the “Wings of Hope” program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).
Read more about the Cougar Posse in this Jackson Hole News&Guide article about the program.