Covington Parks & Recreation Department Schedules Urban Ecology Workshop; Partners with NKU’s Center for Environmental Education

COVINGTON, KY – The Covington Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to attend its free Urban Ecology Workshop to learn about green infrastructure and stormwater management.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, at the City Hall Commission Chambers, 20 W. Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additionally, the workshop features local speakers from the Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1), the Division of Water, Urban Forestry and Holmes High School students from the Great Urban Parks Work Study Program.

Students will present their Licking River Greenway and Trails project proposal and discuss how Covington can address stormwater issues through green infrastructure.

The Covington Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Environmental Education (CEE) to hire two instructors and four Holmes High School students through a National Recreation and Park Association grant.

Parks & Recreation Manager Rosie Santos stated, “This initiative is a pilot to explore a strategy to engage Covington youth in the planning process in order to increase their sense of civic engagement. Additionally, it prepares them to address real problems in the community."

Throughout the work study program, students learned about water quality, stormwater issues, green infrastructure and best management practices.

Students also became certified as educators in the nationally recognized Project WET curriculum and participated in field trips. Field trips focused on stream testing, restoration projects and outdoor recreation, including a camping and kayaking trip.

The work study program has been featured in local and national media outlets, specifically the River City News and the National Recreation and Park Association blog.

To learn more about the workshop, please click on the informational video links below:

To register for the free workshop, please click here. The event includes a light lunch and snacks will be included.