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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership - Engagement & Stewardship Action Team

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

Engagement and Stewardship Action Team

Overview          Team Accomplishments           Meetings          Members

 

UNC-IE At Water's Edge Teacher Institute.  Photo credit: APNEP.

If you're interested in finding out more about this Action Team, contact APNEP Policy and Engagement Manager Stacey Feken at stacey.feken@apnep.org.

 

Overview

Members of APNEP’s Engagement and Stewardship Action Team include representatives from universities, the NC Office of Environmental Education, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NC Aquariums, NC State Parks, NC Sea Grant, local government, and conservation organizations including the NC Coastal Federation, Sound Rivers, and River Guardian Foundation. The team pursues collaborative initiatives aligned with the following APNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) actions:

  • D1.1: Communicate the importance of stewardship and offer opportunities for volunteerism to further APNEP's mission. Advocating environmental stewardship and providing citizens with meaningful volunteer options improves the environment while educating the public about the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.

    Output: Workshops and engagement materials on stewardship and volunteer opportunities

    Results: Increase in voluntary citizen action to protect and restore the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system

  • D2.1: Provide and promote opportunities for outdoor experiences that connect individuals with the Albemarle-Pamlico ecosystem. A meaningful and educational outdoor experience can change the lens through which a person views the natural world. A person who is connected to the estuarine system is more likely to take the steps necessary to ensure that it thrives. APNEP will continue to work with its partners to provide and promote opportunities for meaningful outdoor experiences.

    Outputs: Activities for the public to become engaged in experiencing the Albemarle-Pamlico ecosystem

    Results: Increased awareness and engagement in implementation of the CCMP

  • D2.2: Provide environmental education training opportunities for educators in the region. By teaching educators about the Albemarle-Pamlico region and its associated environmental issues and providing them with science-based resources, APNEP and its partners enrich the education of thousands of students annually.

    Outputs: Workshops and materials for educators

    Results: Increased awareness and engagement in implementation of the CCMP

  • D2.3: Increase public understanding of the relationship between ecosystem health and human health advisories relating to water, fish, and game. Few citizens fully understand the relationships between human activity and health advisories. APNEP will work to help people make these connections, allowing citizens to take concrete steps to address pollution sources.

    Outputs: Outreach and educational materials

    Results: Improved water quality.

For a more detailed explanation of these actions, APNEP’s CCMP can be found here.

Please contact APNEP staff if you are interested in participating or have project ideas for the team:  

APNEP staff support:  (primary),

 

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Team Accomplishments

Recent team accomplishments:

In 2015, the team solicited requests for mini-grant proposals and funded six projects in the APNEP region (read more about these projects in our Soundings post here): 

  1. Sea Wolves (CMAST Science House);
  2. Secrets of the Swamp Educator Trek (NC Museum of Natural Sciences);
  3. Seeds of Inspiration Family Literacy Project (Mano al Hermano and the NC Coastal Federation);
  4. We Are Nature Heroes (NC Aquarium-Roanoake Island);
  5. Cistern and Wildflower Meadow ((NC Aquarium-Roanoake Island); and
  6. Sound Choices in Environmental Education Conference (Environmental Educators of North Carolina).

Mano al Hermano Family Literacy Project. Photo credit: Sara Hallas, NCCF. 

Other recent APNEP sponsored environmental education and community engagement activities include River Basin Maps and Booklets for North Carolina and Virginia, Watershed and Water Quality Planning Workshops,  Project WET Facilitator Workshops, NC Catch Placemats, Coastal Discovery Camps, Living Shorelines Workshops and video, workshops on environmental effects on blue crab size led by Duke University Marine Lab, Shad in the Classroom, and the At Water's Edge Teacher Institute.  Past projects can be found here.   

 Meetings

 

Meeting Agenda Notes Meeting Materials
2017

December 11, 2017

Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center, 4th Floor Conference Room, 121 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC

May 16, 2017

ECU Greenville Centre, 2200 Charles Blvd, Greenville, NC, Room 1200

2016

November 8, 2016
Department of Environmental Quality
512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

2015

March 26, 2015
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC

N/A
2014

December 12, 2014
North Carolina Estuarium
223 E. Water Street, Washington, NC

 

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Members 

Name Affiliation
Christine Avenarius 

East Carolina University / STAC Representative

Liz Brown-Pickren

East Carolina University, Coastal Resources Management
Russ Chesson

N.C. Estuarium 

Michelle Covi

Virginia Sea Grant / Old Dominion University

Pat Curley

NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST)
Lori Davis N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve / N.C. Coastal Reserve

Melissa Dowland

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

Ami Flowers-Staples

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Sara Hallas

North Carolina Coastal Federation
Sean Higgins

N.C. State Parks

Dia Hitt [Paul Mazzei alternate]

N.C. Aquariums

Kennedy Holt

N.C. Department of Health & Human Service
Heather Jacobs-Deck

Sound Rivers / STAC Represenatative 

Terri Kirby-Hathaway

N.C. Sea Grant

George Matthis

River Guardian Foundation

Maria McDaniel A Time for Science / Environmental Educators of North Carolina
Carol Price 

N.C. Aquariums

Gloria Putnam 

N.C. Sea Grant 

Amy Sauls

Swansboro High School

Kendall Smith

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tom Stroud

Partnership for the Sounds

David Sybert

Coastal Studies Institute

Lisa Tolley

N.C. Office of Environmental Education

Holly White

Town of Nags Head / Policy Board Representative

Jess Whitehead

N.C. Sea Grant / STAC Representative

Charles Yelton

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

Sarah Yelton

UNC Institute for the Environment

 

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