Sept. 9, 2008
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
RACHEL CARSON COASTAL RESERVE PLANS FIELD TRIPS FOR TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE WEEK, NATIONAL ESTUARIES DAY
BEAUFORT, N.C. – In celebration of National Estuaries Day and Take A Child Outside Week, the North Carolina Coastal Reserve will be offering boat trips around the Rachel Carson Reserve on Sept. 24-26, 29 and 30. Trips will be offered from 3:30-5:15 p.m. each day and will leave from the Reserve facility on Pivers Island in Beaufort.
After leaving the dock, participants will have a waterside view of the Rachel Carson Reserve and the town of Beaufort before stopping at the reserve’s new boardwalk on Carrot Island for a chance to observe some of the unique estuarine habitats, plants and animals. Reserve education staff will lead each trip and all trips are free of charge. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot, or for more information, please contact Lori Davis at (252) 838-0883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take A Child Outside Week (Sept. 24 -30) is an international program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, the goal is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration.
National Estuaries Day (Sept. 27) began in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks to educate the public on the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them. This annual event has matured into a national campaign with festivities across the country. National Estuaries Day is a nationwide event encouraging the protection and preservation of aquatic environments where freshwater bodies meet marine waterways.
The General Assembly established the Coastal Reserve Program in 1989 to preserve land for education, research and traditional recreational uses. The program now has 10 sites throughout the coastal region.