|Learning about Habitats in the Francis Marion NF. Credit: USFWS|
The South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association, Inc., SEWEE Association, is a non-profit corporation formed in 1996 to support the missions of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) and Francis Marion National Forest (USFS). The Association began its service by opening a book sales outlet within the Sewee Center when the Center opened in December 1996. Over the years, this Friends Group has greatly expanded its role. The Association is a major partner as it supports biological projects and internships, provides funding for interpretive exhibits and activities and, delivers innovative and excellent education programming. The SEWEE Association recently partnered with the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin and Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuges to expand the education outreach of these stations.
The SEWEE Association has been significant to the creation, expansion and management of the Sewee Earth Stewards program. Based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Earth Stewards framework, the curriculum-based conservation education program focuses on freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and barrier island habitats for fifth and seventh-grade students. Since its beginnings in 1999, over 3,000 students have become Sewee Earth Stewards.
|Earth Stewards look at a Hermit Crab. Credit: Ray Paterra/USFWS|
How can you help?
Join the SEWEE Association as a member, volunteer or through a donation to support programs and activities. You will receive an annual newsletter to keep you informed of refuge and forest projects, Sewee Center events and Earth Stewards student accomplishments. Make a copy and mail the membership and/or donation form today!