State offers free educational summer tours of Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort
BEAUFORT – The N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve program will offer free public field trips to the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort every Tuesday and Thursday morning in June, July and August.
Trips will run from 8:30–10:30 a.m. and will depart from the reserve’s education classroom in the NOAA Administration, 101 Pivers Island Rd Beaufort.
Three unique field trip programs are being offered this summer. The nature hike field trip takes participants along the reserve’s 1.1-mile Outer Loop hiking trail, through examples of marsh, beach and maritime forest habitat. Boardwalk excursions feature excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, both from the reserve’s 24-foot passenger skiff and the interpretative boardwalk trail located on Carrot Island. The circumnavigation cruise tours the islands of the reserve by boat, including a trip to Middle Marsh, an area used for decades by marine scientists for coastal research and monitoring. All field trips are led by trained volunteers with expertise in marine ecology and environmental education.
All field trips are free and open to the public but reservations are required as boat space is limited. Please contact Education Coordinator Lori Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-220-0779 for more information or to make a reservation. A full field trip schedule is available at www.nccoastalreserve.net