AQUARIUM Seeks Teen Ocean Stewards

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:00

KURE BEACH, N.C. — A new program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher focuses on high school students who want to take action to protect the environment. “Ocean Stewards,” will focus on conservation and stewardship to better understand climate science and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Fourteen young people will be selected to participate in monthly meetings, explore outdoors and engage in stewardship activities to conserve coastal habitats. The teens will learn about climate change and then plan and implement a project in our community. Monthly excursions will take place the first Saturday each month from 9 a.m. to noon and monthly online sessions (Google Hangouts) will take place the third Sunday each month from 7– 8:30 p.m. This program runs from September 2017 through April 2018. The first meet-up will be Saturday, September 9th, 2017.
The project is funded by a $2,000 grant from the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project and will be led by Aquarium educator Marissa Blackburn. “This NOAA CSEP grant allows me to work with local teens to take an active role in addressing climate change where we live,” said Blackburn. “We want teens to be supported and empowered to work towards positive solutions for our community.”
Current high school students interested in becoming Ocean Stewards can apply at ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.
About the Aquarium - The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR).  General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisherwww.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
 The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA: AZA.org

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