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Union University students engage in service learning

Jan 27th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

Seven students and two professors from Union University traveled all the way from Tennessee to learn about marine biology and ornithology through hands-on activities. At the Marine Discovery Center, they showed their commitment to healthy marine ecosystems by building oyster mats!

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The students took a tour of the center and heard about the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project. After learning about the vital role played by oyster beds in the area and the current threats facing these habitats, the group immediately set to work. In just a few hours, they had drilled several buckets of shells for future mat-making events and created new oyster mats. 

 We strongly believe it’s important to get out regularly to enjoy the natural beauty that we’re working so hard to protect, so after their hard work the students set off on a 2-hour kayak tour of the Indian River Lagoon. On the tour, our skilled Florida Master Naturalist kayak guides shared their extensive knowledge about local flora and fauna. Call the MDC today to arrange for your group to help us restore oyster beds in the area, then relax a guided kayak tour or pontoon boat ride of the area!