Outreach & Events
Staff of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA/DNR) Coastal Resources Division (CRD) are on hand for four days in July to educate both visitors and residents alike about the beach environment and the critters that inhabit it. The Coastal Ark, a 30-foot mobile educational platform, showcases activities, information and materials dealing with a wide array of subjects including beach water quality, sand dollar stewardship and sand dunes. Staff are available to answer questions and talk with beach-goers. "Our goal is to educate both tourists and locals about what they will see at the beach and why good stewardship of this resource is so important," says Coastal Ark Coordinator Jennifer Kline.
Saturday October 6, 2012
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Click here for a PDF Flyer from last year's event.
CoastFest is an annual festival held on the first Saturday in October on the grounds of the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick, Georgia. With more than 80 environmental, educational research and resource exhibitors from throughout the southeast providing interactive exhibits and displays, CoastFest visitors of all ages participate in activities from recycling to coastal weather... native plants to sea turtles... water conservation to archeology... herptelogy to geology!!.
Since 1995, CRD has held CoastFest in support of the three-week national "CoastWeeks" event held in all 50 states to celebrate the nation's waters and shorelines. The free event highlights Georgia's unique coastal environment in a family-friendly day of fun and education.
Coastal Day at the Capitol
Coastal Georgia makes a temporary move 300 miles north when a group of state and federal conservation agencies gather under the Gold Dome in Atlanta for Coastal Day At The Capitol.
"From blackwater swamps to barrier islands to the open Atlantic Ocean, the Georgia coast is one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the state. The coast is also one of the most economically important areas of the state with natural and cultural resource based commerce generating billions in spending each year," said Spud Woodward, Director of the Coastal Resources Division of Georgia DNR the agency that co-hosts the event with the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Coastal Day At The Capitol presents a unique setting for coastal organizations to dialog with legislators and their staffs about the many issues and opportunities available in coastal Georgia.