St Petersburg, Florida -- Students at Admiral Farragut Academy spent the day planting cordgrass (salt marsh) in their nursery in hopes that it can be re-planted at a restoration site next year. Tampa Bay Watch oversees the project and helps educate the students.
The Bay Grasses in Classes program has been around since 1995. Currently there are 16 middle and high schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties that participate.
The program has provided around 264,000 plugs and planted over 122 acres in the Tampa Bay area.
After 6-8 months of growth, the students will participate in a harvesting-transplanting event where a portion of their nursery will be removed and planted at a restoration site. The remaining portion will be replanted into the existing nursery pond for another growing cycle.