Georgia Sea Grant education projects reached over 20,000 Georgia students in 2010.
Teaching Georgians about their Coast
Education is an important component in all Sea Grant programs, but it is especially important for Georgia’s. Since most Georgians live far from the coast, they tend to be disconnected from it. However, the truth is their actions are deeply intertwined with their coastal environment. Georgia Sea Grant tries to make clear the direct linkages between inland activities and coastal ecosystem health, and in doing so educate Georgians about the ways in which they can choose to be better stewards of our coastal resources.
Georgia Sea Grant partners with the UGA Marine Extension Service (MAREX) in Brunswick and the UGA MAREX Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) on Skidaway Island for a variety of educational activities on the coast. Georgia Sea Grant staff on the University of Georgia campus in Athens also conduct education programs in inland Georgia with the goal of educating children on their state’s coast. This educational outreach is geared towards students of all ages, educators, resource managers and businesses with the aim of creating awareness about environmental and economic challenges facing the Georgia Coast.