The LNVA recently presented the Big Thicket Association a check for $25,000 to support the funding of the BTA’s Neches River Adventures Environmental Education Classrooms on-board the Ivory Bill and on the Neches River. The Ivory Bill is a 45 foot Coast Guard approved pontoon boat.
The curriculum and the classes are under the direction of Michael Hoke, who recently retired from Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Orange. The classes include a Coast Guard certified captain, one first mate, and curriculum trained instructors with teaching materials and equipment to provide hands-on instructions for all students.
Jan Ruppel, Big Thicket Association President, says that “We are very pleased to have Lower Neches Valley Authority as a partner in this environmental education program. With funding from the LNVA and other sponsors, the BTA plans to provide free outdoor classes to 6,000 students in 2014.”
Scott Hall, General Manager of LNVA, says that “the LNVA’s goal is to assist in providing area students the opportunity to learn more about the Neches River and its vital relationship with Southeast Texas communities, businesses, and industries”.