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Celebrate National Estuaries Week at the N.C. Coastal Reserve Sept. 19-26


BEAUFORT – The Division of Coastal Management’s N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program is inviting people to celebrate National Estuaries Week, Sept. 19-26.

The Rachel Carson Reserve will host two events Sept. 26 in downtown Beaufort. A free educational event will take place from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market, 300 Courthouse Square. Reserve staff and scientists from local marine labs will present information and activities about marine science research and the importance of estuaries. Also, the annual Crystal Coast Cleanup on the Rachel Carson Reserve and Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is required. To register for the cleanup at the Rachel Carson Reserve, contact site manager Paula Gillikin at 252-220-0776 orpaula.gillikin@ncdenr.gov. A cleanup along the Beaufort waterfront will be conducted simultaneously and does not require registration.
The Masonboro Island Reserve in Wilmington will host a community kayak paddle to the island from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 19 and 5- 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Participants will meet at Trails End Park, 613 Trails End Road. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Registration is required and participants will need to bring their own kayaks. Contact Masonboro Island Reserve education specialist Marie Davis atmarie.davis@ncdenr.govto register.
The Currituck Banks Reserve will participate in the Day at the Docks celebration in Hatteras Village from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19.
North Carolina’s estuarine system is the third largest in the country, encompassing more than 2 million acres. National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration of estuaries, the vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea. It is a great opportunity to learn more about these diverse ecosystems and how people can help protect them.
Information about all the events is available on the event calendar on the N.C. Coastal Reserve website,www.nccoastalreserve.net

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