Representatives from the AmeriCorps/Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Grasses In Classes program guided kids in transplanting smooth cord grass as part of the Shelves to Shores summer series at local libraries.
The native shoreline grasses will eventually be planted along the Choctawhatchee Bay to help filter pollutants, prevent shoreline erosion, and provide natural habitat for juvenile fish.
The July 1 class was part of the summer lineup at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library. Additional topics included water pollution, littering, and algal blooms.
Classes have wrapped at the Niceville branch library, but continue in Fort Walton on July 15 and 22 from 2 to 3 p.m., and at the Coastal Branch July 15, 22 and 29 from 10 to 11 a.m., and will include oyster recycling and a touch tank. The July 29 session involves a field trip to the Choctawhatchee Bay to plant the seedlings.