Sebastian Inlet

The Sebastian Inlet Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1997 and spans portions of Brevard and Indian River counties in Florida. Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. More Details
June 20, 2016

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June 16, 2016

Surfrider Elementary Education

When it comes to teaching children about ecology, there is no better tutor than mother ocean herself. This is why the Sebastian Inlet chapter of Surfrider was happy to partner with Ms. Weiss’ summer marine ecology program to offer her elementary-aged students some hands-on experience with the beach.

A perfect morning at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Preserve

A perfect morning at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

Our elementary education began with a scavenger hunt, eager to see who we might find on the beach that day.

Mrs. Weiss teaches us about our friend the Horseshoe crab.

Ms. Weiss teaches us about our friend the Horseshoe Crab.

Did you know? A horseshoe crab has 7 eyes, plus a photoreceptor in his tail.

Did you know? A Horseshoe Crab has 7 eyes, plus a photoreceptor on his tail.

In addition to the usual surfers and fishermen, we saw Pelicans, Sand Pipers, and even a Great Blue Heron. We also found this guy out for a stroll…

The burrowing ghost crab is easily startled, but this guy was brave enough to come out and meet the class.

The burrowing Ghost Crab is easily startled, but this guy was brave enough to come out and meet the class.

Some of the more entrepreneurial students ran off in search of buried Spanish treasure…

In search of Spanish doubloons...

In search of Spanish doubloons…

Hey, don’t laugh- stranger things have happened!

Of course, the real treasure located at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is our precious endangered sea turtles. Loggerheads and Green Turtles come from all over the Western Hemisphere to nest here, and our class was lucky enough to see a few of these nests and turtle tracks for themselves.

Exploring the tracks left behind by a mother sea turtle.

Exploring the tracks left behind by a mother sea turtle.

We explored all sorts of interesting creatures, both big and small.

The sand flea may not look very impressive, but it remains a cornerstone of our beach's food web.

The Sand Flea may not look very impressive, but it remains a cornerstone of our beach’s food web.

We also discussed our critical dune habitats, and how native plants like Railroad Vine, Beach Sunflower and Sea Oats help to maintain and build a healthy dune. These Sea Oats were planted by our chapter only a few years ago, and already the new dune is thriving and full of life.

Plants: the silent heroes of dune restoration.

Plants: the silent heroes of dune restoration.

Of course, no trip to the beach is complete without a tasty snack.

This watermelon sea turtle was created by the lovely Maureen Pause.

This watermelon sea turtle was created by the lovely Maureen Pause.

Healthy snacks, provided care of the Surfrider Foundation.

Healthy snacks, provided care of the Surfrider Foundation.

Best of all: no plastic garbage once the snacking is done.

Best of all: no plastic garbage once the snacking is done.

We also took the time to discuss the sorts of things that do not belong on our beaches, like single-use plastics, which harm our nesting turtles and collect in massive ocean gyres.

Trash collected within a quarter mile of the Ponce De Leon Beach.

Trash collected within a quarter mile of the Ponce De Leon Beach. What sort of example are we setting for our kids?

It is our privilege to help pass along our love of the beach to the next generation of Floridians. It is our goal to reach as many young students as we possibly can via our elementary education initiative.

Changing the world, one step at a time.

Changing the world, one step at a time.

All in all, it was a lovely morning. The only downside was this: we never did find that treasure…

Josh Pause offers a helping hand.

Josh Pause offers a helping hand.

Would your class benefit from a field trip like this? If so, please contact Josh Pause via email or via our Facebook page in order to schedule your event today.

We understand the limited budgets of our teachers and school districts. That is why there is no fee associated with these field trips. You supply the kids; we’re happy to provide everything else.

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