The Salton Sea Authority board Thursday approved a contact with the University of Redlands to develop an environmental education curriculum focused on the Salton Sea.
"This program will provide an exciting, informative and innovative educational experience that will allow children to better appreciate the sea and its relationship to the local environment," said authority board president Roy Wilson, a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
The curriculum will be designed for grades three through high school.
"Once a program gets established for students in the Imperial and Coachella valleys, it may be extended to children in lower grade levels and possibly to students who live further from the sea," Wilson said.
The curriculum is expected to make extensive use of innovative technologies such as geographic information systems.
The Redlands proposal is a partnership between faculty in the university's school of education and the Salton Sea Database Program, which was developed to support restoration efforts and is managed by the University of Redlands Institute.