Educating Students at Fiddler's Cove
The Mosaic Coastal Education Center at Fiddler's Cove is situated at the mouth of the Alafia River at Tampa Bay, near our Riverview facility. The center was developed to provide area school children with an outdoor classroom where they can learn about the environment. It's named after the fiddler crabs that live and thrive along the site's shoreline.
Mosaic teamed with the Hillsborough County Citizen Advisory Panel and educators, environmentalists and local citizens to develop a seven-chapter environmental education curriculum, "Where the River Meets the Bay." Created specifically for Hillsborough County Schools, the curriculum helps prepare area fourth grade students for the science portion of Florida's standardized test.
Since 2005, when the center opened, approximately 2,000 students have participated in the one-day program while developing an appreciation for the area's ecosystem. Mosaic has trained more than 100 of its employees to serve as docents at the center, who teach students to identify various forms of crabs, fish, snails and mangroves. The students also test water, hike on nature trails and learn to identify plant life.
This award-winning program has been recognized by local, regional, state and national organizations since it opened. The most significant recognition was the 2009 National Environmental Excellence Award for Education Excellence from the National Association of Environmental Professionals.
"It's been great watching the Mosaic Coastal Education Center and curriculum come together over the last few years," said Bob Minthorn, a member of Mosaic's Citizen Advisory Panel in Hillsborough County in Florida. "It's really wonderful that a company like Mosaic would listen to our community and then take the initiative to fill one of our greatest needs. As a result, the children of Hillsborough County have an amazing resource to learn about our unique coastal environment."