Outreach at the FSUCML
The FSUCML Outreach programs seek to facilitate discussion between the university and the public at large, regarding coastal and marine issues. Through these programs, members of the community can learn about current marine and coastal research as well as appreciate and spend time in the local environment. We reach out to the young and old alike with a variety of programs, all with the purpose of sharing knowledge of the region with those who live in it.
Our primary public outreach vehicles are through our monthly Coastal & Marine Conservation Lecture Series (open to the Public), our newsletters (appearing twice a year), our Open House (occurring every other year), and the ever-popular award winning Saturday-at-the-Sea Program geared for middle school students. We also provide short courses for adults (including Artists, Writers, and Naturalists' workshops) and other special events. Some are just for fun and others are for professional development on a variety of relevant topics.
A special component of our outreach is the ever popular, "In the Grass, On the Reef", developed by several faculty members at the FSUCML and hosted on the WFSU website here: http://wfsu.org/blog-coastal-health/. This blog follows research in the seagrass beds and oyster reefs along the Florida panhandle from St. Joe Bay east to Apalachee Bay.