Fisheries regulations... Overfishing... Marine Protected Areas... Beach nourishment... Sea level rise... Building on the dunes... Manatee speed zones... All of these topics can inspire heated debates. At the same time, many people have a very limited understanding about these topics, the science that goes into ecosystem management, and the challenges faced by regulatory entities.
Exploring our Environment III--Coastal Policy and You and Me is a new, 5-day adult educational program that will allow people to learn about a variety of coastal and marine issues and the policies that exist to try and manage these issues. The class will be taught at the Marineland classroom of the GTMNERR from April 8-12, 2013. Class will run from 9 am to 4 pm each day.
Most of the program will be classroom-based, with two field trips. The classroom portions of the program will include some lectures, but many interactive, hand-on activities to fully inmmerse participants in the subject matter.
Registration fee includes all supplies, coffee and drinking water. ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON, WE HAVE SCHEDULED A KAYAK/BOAT TRIP WITH RIPPLE EFFECT ECOTOURS. This is an optional trip--if you wish to participate, please make sure to purchase the registration option that includes either a kayak or boat trip ticket. There are limited spaces on the boat. (see http://rippleeffectecotours.com for information about the kayaks and boat).
Lunch is not included in the registration fee--please plan to bring a bag lunch each day (refrigerator and microwave are available). We will provide coffee and water. This program is available to adults (18 and over) only.
For more information, see http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/sea/education.html