Twenty St. Louis Community College students in Zoe Geist’s introductory biology class participated in a cleanup of a creek behind the South County Education and University Center (SCEUC) on Oct. 22.
The service learning project was completed through a partnership with Missouri Stream Team.
One of the primary objectives of the cleanup was the removal of a tire embedded in the creek bank. Three students, armed with shovels, worked to dig the tire out. The other students cleaned litter and other dumped items in the creek. Some of the discarded items found include two more tires, large pieces of treated wood, pipes, various sport balls and a traffic cone. The students found a debris dam near Lemay Ferry Road, made up of tree branches and trash.
“The service learning creek cleanup project gives students the opportunity to see the litter issue first-hand and relate the problem to preserving ecosystems,” said Geist, an adjunct biology instructor at SCEUC. “The students also learn about stewardship and to be responsible citizens in the watershed they live in, the same goals of the Missouri Stream Team. I feel really good to the see the effort of students working to clean the trash out of the campus creek.”
This marks the third semester Geist, who is also a volunteer with Missouri Stream Team, has incorporated the creek cleanup into her class at SCEUC.