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Education and Outreach at North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics

Education and outreach are essential management tools used to increase public awareness and promote informed stewardship by local communities. Education programs include on and off-site education and training activities and volunteer coordination and outreach.

The primary educational programs supported by preserve staff have been the IRL Envirothon and the Treasure Coast Environmental Education Council (TCEEC).

The chief resource for education about the North Fork and its natural resources is the Oxbow Eco-Center. The Eco-Center property is adjacent to the preserve and is managed to sustain its native wildlife utilizing boardwalks, trails, bridges, observation towers and a canoe launch that allow visitors to experience nature without disrupting it. The Center's staff have taken the lead role in educating St. Lucie County students and local residents about the St. Lucie River and the natural resources located within the preserve by incorporating indoor displays with outdoor programming.

Kids at Oxbow Eco-Center

Kids at Oxbow Eco-Center

Currently, only two of four public access points into the preserve have signage posted about the preserve. Efforts to construct informational kiosks is a high priority. Preserve staff will work with volunteers, Eagle Scouts and managers of each access point to install kiosks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: July 07, 2011

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