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St. Croix Environmental Association Offers Activities

Free Public Snorkel Clinic – Saturday, September 15
There are two more chances to attend St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) public snorkel clinics this year. Come on out to Southgate Coastal Reserve this Saturday, Sept. 15. Environmental education activities will take place on the beach and snorkeling will begin at 10 a.m. and finish at noon. All abilities welcome: school age to adult.
This is a free event and open to the public. A lifeguard will be present. Although reservations are not required, they are much appreciated. Call Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989 for more information or to make a reservation. This event is sponsored by Reef Jam.
Kayak tour of Sugar Bay, Salt River – Saturday, September 22
SEA staffers Carol Cramer Burke and Lynnea Roberts will be the guides and share information about mangroves, marine ecology and bird life of this rich ecosystem. This activity is open to the public and costs $10 per person. Reservations are required; call SEA 773-1989.
There are only a few spots left for the 10 a.m. tour (the 8 a.m. tour is full). Clothing is apt to get wet, so please dress appropriately. Meet outside of Anchor Dive Shop (Salt River Marina) promptly at 10 a.m.
Coastweeks International Coastal Cleanup – Saturday, September 29
Volunteers are needed for the annual event Coastweeks International Coastal Cleanup, also known as Coastweeks.
Coastweeks is a program of The Ocean Conservancy with 100 countries participating and is coordinated by Marcia Taylor of UVI Marine Advisory Service on St. Croix. Debris is removed from marine areas and tallied according to type of debris. The data collected from each beach is entered into the 2012 Coastweeks data. Read more about the program and review 2011 data at http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/2012-data-release.html. St. Croix organizations, churches, youth groups, etc. “adopt” a beach and do a clean-up sometime between Sept. 15 and Oct. 30).
Please help SEA remove the beach debris from Southgate Coastal Reserve. The clean-up will take place from 8-11 a.m. with supplies (bags and gloves). Call Carol Cramer-Burke or Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989 for more information.
If you have a group and want to participate in this program by cleaning up a different beach, please contact Marcia Taylor, UVI Marine Advisory Services at 692-4046.
Hike to Will’s Bay tidal pools – Saturday, October 6
Hike with UVI Science 100’s lab instructors. The group will meet at Carambola’s upper parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and hike along the Trumble Trail to Will’s Bay. Once it reaches the tidal pools the group will relax for a bit with a refreshing dip in the water. Participants will be back to Carambola around 1:30 p.m. Pack plenty of drinking water and a sack lunch. This hike is open to the public and free. Hikers do not need to register for this event.
For more information, call SEA at 773-1989 and ask for Lynnea Roberts.
Consider becoming a member of the St. Croix Environmental Association. You can learn more about our organization by visiting www.stxenvironmental.org

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