In the video above, Andrea Berry, Executive Director of IR Healthy Start Coalition, introduces the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Report (FIMR). The report includes both qualitative and quantitative data from our community surrounding maternal child health and presents findings about what contributes to health, wellness and infant death. As Berry explains, “Indian River Healthy Start Coalition’s top priority is to ensure no family needlessly withstands this loss.”
The Ocean Research and Conservation Association (“ORCA”) has a mission to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action, and community education and outreach.
Over the past decade, Indian River Community Foundation (“Community Foundation”) has distributed over $529,000 from the Community Enrichment Fund and $405,240 from client funds to programs at ORCA such as Ranking Muck Inputs into the IRL in IRC and Reclaiming Our Indian River Lagoon. The most recent program funded by Community Foundation is TeamORCA: Citizen Science Leadership Project. This program teaches science and leadership skills to high school students as they create a scientifically sound monitoring data set of the Indian River Lagoon.
To learn more about this program, watch the video above or visit ORCA’s website.
Originally posted by Knowhere News.
A group of 15 high school students in Indian River County were recruited to participate in a unique, ongoing citizen science project.
The goal of the program is to involve them in hands-on science focused on benefiting the Indian River Lagoon while simultaneously exposing them to leadership training, according to a release from ORCA (Ocean Research and Conservation Association).
The Team ORCA Citizen Science and Leadership Project, funded by the Link Foundation and the Community Enrichment Fund of Indian River Community Foundation, allows students from Vero Beach High School, Sebastian River High School, and Indian River Charter High School the opportunity to develop an ongoing citizen science program for their respective schools.
Teams of student citizen scientists will adopt and seasonally test sampling sites in the Indian River Lagoon with the intent of better identifying the sources of pollution and stopping them at their source.