Students from the Garrison Secondary School will this Friday, trade their books and pens for hiking boots.

They are expected to join staff from Government’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) for a guided hike beginning and ending at Cove Bay, in St. Lucy.

According to EPD’s Acting Senior Technical Officer, Ingrid Lavine, each year in observance of Environment Month, the EPD hosts an environmentally-based activity, which is both fun-filled and educational, for students of the Garrison, their adopted school.

"This provides an opportunity for students to get outside and learn a bit more about the Barbadian environment. It also provides an opportunity for staff to interact with students in an informal setting," she underlined.

Noting that this year’s hike is expected to get under way from the Cove Bay windmill, or the neighbouring Little Bay between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. this Friday, June 18, Ms. Lavine said the hikers will make their way along the coastline, forming a loop and ending at Cove Bay.

Ms. Lavine, who underscored the educational facet of the hike, stated that along the way technical staff would be on hand to identify coastal features and environmental linkages, as well as practices that may have an adverse impact on the environment and, by extension, the island.

"Some of the students will be photographers so they will be taking photographs. Others are geography and history students, so we will also be pointing out historical places of interest including Pico Tenerife and Foster’s Fun land," she explained.

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