Wetland education through cooperative programs between coastal Carolina University and Horry County public schoolsThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
Horry County, in the Coastal Plain of South Carolina, isapproximately 50 percent wetlands. The Waccamaw Region (Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties) has experienced a 58-percent population increase during theperiod from 1960 to 1990. Population growth trends suggest that from 1990 to 2020, the total daily population will increase by 125 percent, representing an additional 510,000 people (Horry County Comprehensive Plan, 1998). The impact of this on the remaining wetlands will be substantial. In addition to this problem, S.A.T. scores of South Carolina students, whereas certainly not the only measure of academic achievement, do consistently rank below national averages (South Carolina Dept. of Educ., 2000). For these reasons, it is necessary to create new enthusiasm for science education in general and for the value of wetlands in particular.