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Photo of Jaclin DuRant and students

Livability Educator, Jaclin DuRant and AJW first grade students at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens

The Livability Educator

The Livability Educator, Jaclin DuRant, developed and implemented educational programming that engaged learners of all ages in contemplation of their connections to the built, social, and natural environment. During her time with the Connections Project, Jaclin worked with K-12 schools, community centers, universities, and other organizations to bring her unique and fun programs to city residents.

Students discover insects at a community center summer camp program

Students from the West Greenville Community Center summer camp program discover insects during an Urban Naturalist lesson with the Livability Educator

The Livability Curriculum

The Livability Curriculum is a series of educational programs and supplementary materials developed by the Livability Educator that are designed to be used in the formal or informal classroom in order to incorporate sustainability concepts into education programs. Included in the Livability Curriculum are the Urban Naturalist Program, the Community Quest Program, Exploring Greenville’s Water, Greenville’s Greener Streets, the Green Craft Challenge, and more. Learn more and download the programs.

the recycled bottle greenhouse
The Plastic Bottle Greenhouse in A J’s Garden at A J Whittenberg Elementary School

The Recycled Bottle Greenhouse

During the 2012-13 school year, the Livability Educator spearheaded a project to build a greenhouse out of plastic bottles as part of the A J Whittenberg Elementary school outdoor classroom. Throughout the project, students collected close to 2000 plastic bottles and learned about green building, recycling, resource conservation, passive solar energy, rain barrels, water conservation, and much more.
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photo of Jaclin Durant reading to students
Jaclin reads her original children’s book “A Tree!” to a 3rd grade class

The Green Streets Grant

In Spring of 2013, the City of Greenville received a 20,000$ Green Streets grant from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation to expand and improve the City’s urban forestry program. The grant included an educational and outreach component spearheaded by the Livability Educator.
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photo of a Common Buckeye butterfly
A Common Buckeye butterfly is uncommonly beautiful

A Walk in the Woods

Healthy natural areas provide a wide variety of ecosystem functions that are essential for our growth and development, from clean air and water to recreation and natural resources. The upstate of South Carolina is an amazingly diverse area with a wide range of natural areas open to the public. Through the photo-journal series Walk in the Woods you can follow Jaclin’s exploration of trails in parks, heritage preserves, and other natural areas in the upstate of South Carolina. The goal of the series was to highlight the connections that people have to the natural environment through discussion, fun facts about natural resources, and beautiful images and to inspire others to take their own walk in the woods.
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