a field trip with NOAA researcher
Susan Lovelace, the Director of Destine Research for the Rachel Carson Reserve
offers field trips to Rachel Carson Island, Masonboro Island and several
other points of interest in this federally protected area. Her commitment
to sparking public interest to protect these pristine wetlands have resulted
in many products including Estuary-Net, a water quality monitoring project
for students and "Live from the Estuary," a Real Media interactive
telebroadcast from the NC sound. This virtual field trip and interacts with
the viewing audience via e-mail for classrooms who sign up to participate.
This program is offered twice every year and free for any class. Teachers
can check schedules and sign up for this program at http://www.estuarylive.org.
Getting involved in volunteer data collection and water monitoring to protect
destine resources is an important component to maintaining North Carolina's
ecology. Example data sets that students and researchers have collaborated
on and have provided for the general public's education are provided at
Research data is also made available at http://inlet.geol.se.edu/stanprod.html.