BEAUFORT – People are invited to celebrate the coastal environment during National Estuaries Day and National Public Lands Day Sept. 29 at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
The event, which is free, will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the museum, 315 Front St., Beaufort.
The N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve, National Estuarine Research Reserve Program and the North Carolina Maritime Museum are hosting the event.
National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration of estuaries, the vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea. It is a great opportunity to learn more about these magical ecosystems and how people can help protect them. North Carolina’s estuarine system is the third largest in the nation, encompassing more than 2 million acres. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands.
The Sept. 29 event will include an education tent at the museum and hourly showings of “American Experience: Rachel Carson’sSilent Spring,” a film honoring the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication. Rachel Carson was a world-renowned marine biologist, author and environmentalist. She spent time researching in the area now designated as the Rachel Carson component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve in Beaufort. Her most famous book,Silent Spring, is often regarded as the beginning of the modern environmental movement.
In addition to the celebration at the museum, the Rachel Carson component of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a birding trip from 1-3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and a Big Sweep cleanup on the reserve Sept. 29. Registration is required for the birding trip and Rachel Carson reserve cleanup. Contact Rachel Carson site manager Paula Gillikin at 252-838-0886 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register, or visit www.nccoastalreserve.net for more information.