Project WHIRL is a teen environmental education program initiated by the IRLC in 2019. The goal of the program is to bring together environmentalists of different ages and experiences to learn from one another and to grow a community of people principled around protecting water quality, especially within the Indian River Lakes Watershed.
WHIRL stands for “Water and Habitat on the Indian River Lakes,” and our alumni and participants take the title of “WHIRL Protectors.”
The main tenets of Project WHIRL:
Experiential Learning: Project WHIRLers can expect to engage in activities such as water sampling and searching for aquatic invasive species. Students will get a chance to visit Clarkson University, and they will participate in WHIRL’s Community Outreach Day.
Collaborative: Many partners have come together to provide expertise for this project. Water quality is a complex topic, and it affects us all.
Impactful: This project reaches beyond research and into action. WHIRLers will get a chance to actually implement water management techniques.
Unique: Explore, ask questions, discover like you’re a kid again. This isn’t your everyday classroom.