While Alabama proudly bears the title of "The River State," many children within the Coosa River watershed frequently lack the opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of their natural surroundings and the environmental impact they collectively exert on the water we rely on for drinking, transportation, and recreation. This issue is not exclusive to Alabama's children but extends beyond state lines, becoming even more apparent due to the role of COVID-19 in exacerbating a deficiency in nature exposure. This, in turn, contributes to what many experts are identifying as a "national mental health crisis." Our aim is to address this challenge by reintroducing children to the great outdoors, allowing them to learn about nature while immersed in the natural environment.
C.R.E.E.K. (Coosa River Environmental Education for Kids) aims to provide children in Alabama with a comprehensive education about the state's waterways and the surrounding natural environment. Although Alabama is renowned as "The River State," many young residents may not be aware of this distinction. Through our educational efforts, we aim to empower children with knowledge about the rivers and land that shape their surroundings. By doing so, we hope to nurture a sense of responsibility for the environment, equipping them with the tools to connect with nature for their own well-being and contribute to its preservation. Our success is gauged by several key metrics, including the number of children we educate, the distribution of fishing rods to families in need, and the extent to which people become acquainted with Coosa Riverkeeper and the invaluable services we offer. These services address fundamental questions about water safety, fish consumption, and the Coosa River's impact on local communities and the broader economy.