Past Engagement Efforts
Since its inception, APNEP and its partners have contributed to environmental gains and citizen participation in the region and made popular a more holistic approach to ecosystem and watershed management. The following information provides a sampling of the products and public involvement projects facilitated by the program in recent years. APNEP is currently developing a comprehensive and searchable database of all APNEP-supported initiatives that have taken place since the founding of the program. This database is expected to be available in 2013.
N.C. Outdoor Classroom Symposium
More than 100 teachers and environmental educators attended North Carolina’s first Outdoor Classroom Symposium, held Oct. 23-25, 2009 at the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. The symposium focused on techniques for creating, maintaining and using outdoor classrooms and strategies for integrating outdoor learning into the curriculum. The symposium was a partnership between the N.C. Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, the Environmental Education Fund, the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and the Natural Learning Initiative at N.C. State University.
National Estuaries Day Rain Garden
On Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program partnered with the N.C. Coastal Federation, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve to plant a rain garden on the Division of Marine Fisheries office grounds in celebration of National Estuaries Day.
Environment & Health Teacher Institute: Making Connections through Water Quality Investigations
This annual teacher institute, held July 12 - 17, 2009 at the Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC, provided an in-depth investigation of the diverse environmental science, health and civics issues related to water quality in our state for twenty-four 8th-12th grade science teachers. The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program supported the institute, along with the N.C. Office of Environmental Education, the Environmental Education Fund and the UNC Superfund Research Program.
Renewable Energy Discovery Zone (Kitty Hawk Elementary School)
Kitty Hawk Elementary School received a 2009 Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program demonstration project grant to construct a Renewable Energy Discovery Zone. The Discovery Zone will be used to educate students, faculty, staff and the community at large about the benefits of renewable energy.
Rainwater Harvesting System (Pamlico County Schools)
Pamlico County Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Pamlico County School System received a 2009 Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program demonstration project grant to install a best management practice in the form of a rainwater harvesting system at the Pamlico County Schools bus garage. This system captures a portion of the estimated 188,697 gallons of water that falls annually on this rooftop and helps protect the water quality of nearby rivers from the unimpeded flow of stormwater runoff.
“Ocean Awareness Day: Focus on Climate Change” Teacher Workshop
Middle and high school science teachers from the southeast gathered for an "Ocean Awareness Day" climate change workshop sponsored by the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence - Southeast Region and the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum & Science Center on Nov. 11, 2009.
2009 B.L.A.S.T. Science Outdoors Program (Baskerville Elementary School, Rocky Mount)
The B.L.A.S.T. program (Building a Lasting Awareness of Science and Technology) is designed to provide the low performing student population with the opportunity to excel in science. Further, the objective of the program is to influence the enrollment and achievement in science of African Americans in Eastern North Carolina. The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program participated in this event, which coincided with National Environmental Education Week from April 12-18.
Albemarle-Chowan Watershed & Rivers Day 2009
On June 6, the Albemarle-Chowan Watershed Roundtable held their 2nd Annual Rivers Day event in Franklin, Virginia. Thirty participants attended and took part in the fishing tournament and met with exhibitors from environmental agencies. Event sponsors and exhibitors included the City of Franklin, Virginia Game & Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, Chowan Basin SWCD, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Environmental Protection Agency: 2009 Educational Outreach Program (Research Triangle Park)
The Environmental Protection Agency at Research Triangle Park, NC has a program to encourage employees to share their enthusiasm for environmental science with K-12 students in local communities. The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program participated in an Educational Outreach Workshop on Sept. 21 to educate employees about methods of conducting environmental outreach. The EPA's Speakers Bureau in Research Triangle Park was created as a component of the program. The Speakers Bureau is an online database containing profiles of EPA-RTP employees who are willing to speak on environmental science and related topics. Organizations and institutions can search for and request speakers at: http://www.epa.gov/rtpspeakers
Public Listening Sessions Report: Sea Level Rise & Population Growth in N.C.
The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program worked in partnership with the Albemarle-Pamlico Conservation and Communities Collaborative (AP3C), a group of environmental and community minded stakeholder organizations in eastern N.C., to publish a report about public perceptions of sea level rise and population growth in the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed. The report is available online.
Sustaining a Citizens' Monitoring Network for Water Quality
Since 1988, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program has maintained a network of citizens who volunteer their time to monitor water quality in the Albemarle-Pamlico Watershed. The Citizens' Monitoring Network currently has 34 volunteers and 19 monitoring locations, including teachers who gets their students involved in taking water quality measurements throughout the year. The Pasquotank, Chowan, Neuse and Tar-Pamlico river basins are well represented with the monitoring program, but volunteers are needed from the White Oak and Roanoke river basins. Training, materials and data sheets are provided free of charge to individuals or groups who agree to volunteer for a minimum of one year. Those interested in volunteering should visit: http://www.ecu.edu/icmr/cmn for more information.
North Carolina Coastal Pines Girl Scouts: Green Teen Environmental Ambassador Program
Teenage Girl Scouts in this program receive Environmental Ambassador training, participate in projects with environmental professionals, discover environmental science-related careers and learn about advocacy and leadership and how to make a difference in the world. Upon completion, scouts return home to form their own "green team" and conduct an environmental project for their local community. The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program has participated in this program since 2009 by providing water quality training for the girls, teaching about various water related science careers, and offering technical assistance with community environmental projects.