Sebastian InletThe 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
The following people have declared themselves for consideration for our Executive Committee elections in November:
- Chair – Alec Buchness
- Vice Chair – Josh Pause
- Treasurer – Eric Schwarze
- Secretary – Allison Arteaga
- Volunteer Coordination – Ryan Dadds
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.
Our elementary education began with a scavenger hunt, eager to see who we might find on the beach that day.
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…
Some of the more entrepreneurial students ran off in search of buried Spanish treasure…
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.
We explored all sorts of interesting creatures, both big and small.
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.
Of course, no trip to the beach is complete without a tasty snack.
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.
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.
All in all, it was a lovely morning. The only downside was this: we never did find that treasure…
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.
Saturday, June 20
220 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach FL 32937
Starts at 9pm
Member Appreciation Party
- Prize Wheel!
- Drink and Beer Specials!
- Live Music from Fresh Squeeze!
- Vintage Surfboard Raffle!
Sunday, June 21
Paradise Beach Park
2301 N. A1A @ The Big Pavilion
10am – 5pm
- surf lessons for kids
- T-shirts for members
- lunch from the grill
- live music
Our own Mike Daniel was recently featured on the national Surfrider website:
From Melbourne Beach down to Sebastian Inlet, the southern fifteen miles of Brevard County’s coast has always been a haven for surfers. The water always seemed a little clearer, the waves a little snappier, and the relative sparseness of development made for ‘’wilder’’ beaches. And of course there was the Sebastian Inlet itself, home to the best-known wave on the East Coast.