Officer Snook Water Pollution Prevention Program

Help Officer Snook Stop Water Pollution!

The Officer Snook Water Pollution Prevention Program is a national program that is part of the U. S. Coast Guard Sea Partners Campaign. Officer Snook has received grant funding from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) as part of the Okaloosa SCIENCE initiative to provide environmental education services at no cost to community membes and contracted schools in Okaloosa County.

The program helps students and the community understand the critical importance of keeping out waterways safe from trash and other pollutants.  The Officer Snook Water Pollution Program in Okaloosa County is a long-term environmental education program that aims to help educate children in grades K-12 and the general public on topics pertaining to water pollution.  With a focus on the effects that humans have on our land and water ecosystems, Officer Snook topics include causes, effects and solutions to pollution.  We hope to facilitate a deep connection between children and their natural surroundings in beautiful Okaloosa County. We are currently working within 23 schools and the broader Okaloosa community to address the problem of water pollution through education, instilling awareness, and having FUN!

Our Mission

The Officer Snook Water Pollution Program in Okaloosa County is a long-term environmental education program that aims to help educate children in grades K-12 and the general public on topics pertaining to water pollution.  With a focus on the effects that humans have on our land and water ecosystems, Officer Snook topics include causes, effects and solutions to pollution.  We hope to facilitate a deep connection between children and their natural surroundings in beautiful Okaloosa County.

What We Offer

  • In classroom lessons on a variety of topics related to water pollution & local environment
  • Hands on activities
  • Additional lessons and materials for teacher use
  • Guest speakers for class visits
  • Activities for school events
  • "Officer Snook's" presence (in costume) at events
  • Support for eco or environmental clubs
  • Participation in environmentally-relevant field trips
  • Sponsorship of select field trips with contracted schools
  • Teacher trainings      
  • Boy scout and girl scoutt troops can earn an Officer Snook badge by completing a series of activities
  • Opportunities for students to earn volunteer service hours/community service hours through conducting environmental education activities at public events such as beach clean ups and by wearing our costume (check back for calendar updates)
  • College and adult presentations are available on most topics
  • Internships are available. If you are an upper-level high school or college student wanting to gain experience in environmental education, please contact us.  We are offering several unpaid internships with our program
  • Want Officer Snook to come in costume or do an activity at your community event? Please let us know

Additional Curriculum Information

Officer Snook provides free presentations and educational resources for schools, parks or other organizations. Lengths and specific content can be adapted for particular needs; however, we are currently focusing on the following topics:  

  • Grades K-12: Natural Resources, Interdependence, Water Quality, Environmental Protection

 

To request information or services, please contact Mary Howes, Coordinator Okaloosa County, Officer Snook Water Pollution Program at howes.snook@gmail.com or (850) 459-1382

To request information or services, please contact Mary Howes, Coordinator Okaloosa County, Officer Snook Water Pollution Program at howes.snook@gmail.com or (850) 459-1382