Coastal ecosystem awareness and Navarre Beach cleanup event planned for September 28

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Staff reports

Dune Doctors, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (FCOLC) and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Center (NBMSS) on Saturday, September 28 will host “A Day for the Dunes” to promote the importance of coastal ecosystems.

The family-friendly educational event is designed with the purpose of inspiring both children and adults to take an active part as ambassadors for the environment. The event will consist of a beach cleanup, “Planting for Protection,” and educational activities.

A special guest appearance expected by FCOLC founder Fabien Cousteau.

Sea oats planting will be limited to the first 100 families to register – all other activities open to all participants.

“Preserving and protecting our coastal ecosystems is crucial for the health of our community. The sea oats that line our beaches protect against coastal erosion that can occur during extreme weather events,” stated NBMSS Founder Charlene Mauro. “This habitat is strong enough to stabilize the shoreline but fragile enough to be damaged by foot and vehicle traffic.”

According to Mauro, through educational and restorative activities, participants will take a role in protecting the dunes near the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.

“Planting for Protection will involve hands-on planting of sea oats on vulnerable sections of the dunes. Our mission to protect our beaches doesn’t end with the dunes,” Mauro said. “Debris left on our beaches threatens the health of marine life and water quality. Removing marine debris, while learning about the impact it can have on the environment, empowers community members to be part of the growing number of ocean ambassadors around the world.”

The event will take place from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, September 28 at the Sea Gull and Flounder Pavilions next to Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, located on Gulf Boulevard.