Nurturing the Environment by Maintaining Ohio (NEMO) launched in the 2013-14 school year and has provided free class programs for 6,600 Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) 4th grade students. This program is part of the CLE4SCI collaborative, six Cleveland informal science institutions that provide experiential learning about environmental and physical sciences for pre-school thought 12th grade CMSD students. Other participating organizations are the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Great Lakes Science Center.

The NEMO program provides professional development to train 4th grade CMSD teachers on the program. Art projects, writing exercises, and fish observations with a classroom aquarium engage and challenge students. At the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, participating students investigate fish adaptations and habitats, and complete the build-a fish project. Pre- and post-visit lessons extend the learning experience beyond that Aquarium visit, and Family Day at the Aquarium provides an opportunity for 4th graders to share their understanding of fish adaptions and the environment with their families.

We are grateful to the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation for past funding for NEMO and to the Thomas H. White Foundation for transportation in the past and the Abington Foundation for this coming school year.