Coastal Sussex and Ocean City, MD – Ocean Awareness Week

by Dave on July 18, 2008

Ocean City Surfrider is offering these events this week-

 

Events:

Monday – “Reaching the Beach”

July 25, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Set-up time:  9:30am, team areas to be designated

Location:  Ocean City & Assateague Beach, MD

     Cape Henlopen, Rehoboth, Dewey, & Bethany Beach, DE

 

MARP staff and volunteers in designated teams will travel up and down the beaches of Ocean City, Assateague Island, MD and Lewes, Rehoboth, and Bethany beaches, DE with various marine animal artifacts to awe and inspire on-looking crowds into asking questions.  Artifacts will included a fin whale vertebrae, sea turtle shells with boat strike lesions, a narwhal tusk, the lower jaw of a sperm whale, and several dolphin skulls and seal pelts, to name a few.  Exhibits will be set up at various pre-selected locations, acting as “satellite stations” for the roving exhibitors.

  

Tuesday – “Reaching the Beach”

July 26, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Set-up time:  9:30am, team areas to be designated

Location:  Ocean City & Assateague Beach, MD

     Cape Henlopen, Rehoboth, Dewey, & Bethany Beach, DE

 

MARP staff and volunteers in designated teams will travel up and down the beaches of Ocean City, Assateague Island, MD and Lewes, Rehoboth, and Bethany beaches, DE with various marine animal artifacts to awe and inspire on-looking crowds into asking questions.  Artifacts will included a fin whale vertebrae, sea turtle shells with boat strike lesions, a narwhal tusk, the lower jaw of a sperm whale, and several dolphin skulls and seal pelts to name a few. Exhibits will be set up at various pre-selected locations, acting as “satellite stations” for the roving exhibitors.

 

Wednesday – “Ocean Awareness Days Symposium”

Cape Henlopen State Park, July 27, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Set up time:  8:00 am, (designated teams to Bethany)

Location:  Cape Henlopen State Park

                 Bethany Boardwalk Stage

 

The idea for this symposium is to provide ocean health activities, while incorporating all of the excellent environmental education activities provided by the state park.  This partnership between the Aquarium and Cape Henlopen will provide an enjoyable experience for visitors to Delaware’s shores, while hopefully setting precedence for future events like these.

 

Exhibitors:  Please be on time to set up as we want to be ready for the public by 9:30am.  Aquarium staff will be on hand to help you setup if needed.  This event will be held outside, so please dress accordingly and bring sunblock and/or hat at your discretion.  The selling of any item during the symposium is prohibited. Lunch will be provided.

  

Thursday – “Reaching the Beach

July 28, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Set-up time:  9:30am, team areas to be designated

Location:  Ocean City & Assateague Beach, MD

     Cape Henlopen, Rehoboth, Dewey, & Bethany Beach, DE

 

MARP staff and volunteers in designated teams will travel up and down the beaches of Ocean City, Assateague Island, MD and Lewes, Rehoboth, and Bethany beaches, DE with various marine animal artifacts to awe and inspire on-looking crowds into asking questions.  Artifacts will included a fin whale vertebrae, sea turtle shells with boat strike lesions, a narwhal tusk, the lower jaw of a sperm whale, and several dolphin skulls and seal pelts, to name a few.  Exhibits will be set up at various pre-selected locations, acting as “satellite stations” for the roving exhibitors.

 

Ocean City Bonfire stories

After dark, 8:00pm – ???

Set-up time:  8:30pm

Location:  Ocean City Boardwalk area

 

David Schofield, Manager of Ocean Health Programs will be joining Donna Abbott as the guest speaker at the weekly bonfire near OC’s Boardwalk.  Donna has invited the Aquarium to share conservation stories and answer questions about our programs in the area.

 

Friday – Dolphin Count

July 29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Set-up time:  8:00 am, designated teams to be announced

Location:  Ocean City & Assateague beaches, MD (sites designated during week)

The culmination of our will be to count dolphins.  Reserved members of the public, NAIB staff and volunteers, and US Coast Guard will join together to spot and record the number of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins sighted in the waters off of Ocean City during the allotted time. The bulk of the observations will be taken from the beach, supporting the most significant observations from 3 marine vessels, and 2 aircraft. 

 

Evening reception

Seacrets Bar and Grille, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Set-up:  2:00 pm, collect at door 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Ocean City, MD

 An evening reception will be held at Seacrets, Jamaica USA Bar and Grille.  It will include such family fun activities as face painting, a treasure hunt, crafts, and a large underwater mural, as well as many exciting artifacts for families to see and feel. We are hoping to bring back the US Coast Guard to join in the fun with a mock helicopter rescue over the back bay for the families to experience.  In the later evening, it will be time to focus on the adult visitors, with artifacts and marine mammal-related trivia questions, MARP-themed drink specials, & competitions throughout the night.

For more information go to www.surfrider.org.

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