ATLANTA (July 20, 2015) – Fifteen teachers were selected to attend Georgia Aquarium’s Creeks to Coast workshop this summer. The interactive workshop gives teachers the tools, information and best practices to effectively teach environmental and watershed issues to their students. 

In its second year, the Creeks to Coast program, led by experts at Georgia Aquarium and funded in part by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, was held July 7-15. Georgia-Pacific sponsored middle and high school teachers from its facility communities in Georgia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina to be immersed in the Chattahoochee watershed to discover the journey the river takes from North Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Creeks to Coast is an incredible workshop that offers educators the opportunity to experience firsthand the impact of water on the ecosystem and then bring these learnings back to the classroom,” said Curley Dossman, president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “Georgia-Pacific is proud to support education that directly addresses our communities’ water issues, including supply, quality and conservation.”

The week-long workshop is designed around interactive learning. In the field reseachand cultural experiences included invertebrate sampling, tours of hydroelectric plants, fish hatchery and water treatment facility visits, hikes with interpretive rangers, meetings with scientific researchers, and exploration of oyster reef and barrier island ecosystems. The workshop also included a tour of Georgia-Pacific’s paper mill in Cedar Springs, Ga. to learn about water in the manufacturing process.

This intensive program explores the Chattahoochee River system from its headwaters near Brasstown Bald to the Gulf of Mexico at Apalachicola Bay, Florida. Based on their Creeks to Coast experience, teachers commit to develop lesson plans for use in their classrooms and share their experience with fellow teachers.

Read more about Georgia Aquarium’s Creeks to Coast from the participants on Georgia Aquarium’s blog.

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ABOUT GEORGIA-PACIFIC

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 130,000 jobs indirectly. Founded in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas: education, community enrichment, environment and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit www.gp.com/gpfoundation.

ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the world’s most dynamic aquariums—containing more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be a premier scientific institution delivering an awe-inspiring entertainment experience which supports animal research and conservation; inspires learning; and instills a passion for the aquatic world.  Its exhibits and programs are of the highest standards, offering engaging guest encounters that promote the conservation of marine biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.