Protection, Involvement, Education, Restoration: P.I.E.R. Trips
In 2003, SBEP launched P.I.E.R., an innovative education program aimed at educating and inspiring area students. The P.I.E.R. Program is offered to public, private, and home schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Nearly 38,000 students have participated since 2003.
With P.I.E.R., the SBEP aims to educate students about coastal ecology and increase environmental literacy and stewardship in young people. Studies show that environmental education increases positive environmental behaviors and civic engagement - the two hallmarks of Bay stewards.
P.I.E.R. field trips are conducted by certified naturalist educators with Around the Bend Nature Tours.