NCNERR receives APNEP grant for outreach and education campaign
DCM’s Coastal Reserve-National Estuarine Research Reserve Program has been awarded a $27,000 grant from the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program to conduct an estuarine shoreline outreach and education campaign within the APNEP region. The campaign will promote awareness and stewardship of estuarine habitats through hands-on workshops.
Through this grant, staff will develop several educational materials and workshops including curricula for third through fifth grade teachers and students that specifically addresses estuarine shoreline habitats; workshops for decision-makers, estuarine-front property owners and marine contractors; a public information campaign; and public field trip experiences at reserve sites in the APNEP region.
“We are honored to be awarded this grant to teach the value and function of estuarine habitats, how these habitats may be affected by sea-level rise, and alternative methods of shoreline stabilization in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuaries,” said Scott Kucera, education coordinator for NCNERR.
“This grant gives us an opportunity, for the first time, to address all three of our target audiences on the same topic,” Kucera said. “We will use existing DCM products and develop new materials to educate K-12 teachers and students, coastal decision-makers and the general public.”