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March 6, 2008

Teacher coastal workshop offered in June

Teachers from Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Horry counties are invited to participate in a free four-day adventure workshop in June.

The four-day Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto (ACE) Basin Adventure workshop takes place Wednesday June 11th through Saturday, June 14th at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) facilities in the ACE Basin in Colleton County. DNR education coordinators are recruiting interested teachers of all subjects of grades 6-12 in the upper coastal counties of Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Horry counties, with no prior experiences in the ACE Basin necessary for participation. The deadline for submitting an application is April 1st.

This year’s workshop, funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Grant, complements a similar offering that was hosted last year for teachers in lower coastal counties. Teachers will spend three evenings in the ACE Basin and participate in land-based classroom activities and adventurous field-based programs throughout the weekend. There is no cost to participate, as lodging and meals will be provided. Workshop program offerings support state standard curriculum guidelines and will allow teachers to use information, ideas and activities within their own classrooms. Additionally, teachers are eligible for renewal credit through participation and fulfillment of requirements in the ACE Basin Adventure workshop.

For an application and additional information, contact Anna Martin, DNR Media Relations Coordinator, (843) 953-3367, or MartinA@dnr.sc.gov. Download an application and see an overview of the four-day workshop in June. Interested teachers must apply by April 1, and space is limited to 15 participants. 

The workshop will provide teachers with an opportunity to learn more about estuarine ecology, hammock islands, sea turtles and water quality among many other topics relevant to the ACE Basin. This area boasts a world-class ecosystem rich in habitat diversity, wildlife and historical significance, and represents one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. Activities for workshop participants will include kayaking down the Ashepoo River, discovering the night sounds of a forest, tracking sea turtle nesting activity, a marine trawl aboard the catamaran E/V Discovery, water quality sampling and exploration of nearby barrier islands.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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