Young families learn about the natural world at StoryHour at the St. George Village Botanical Garden. Get your youngsters under the kapok tree by visiting http://www.sgvbg.org!
VINE was formed in August 2004 in order to share information and community contacts. The U.S. Virgin Islands have some of the most spectacular terrestrial and marine resources in the United States. However, these fragile ecosystems are being stressed and degraded by diverse and often conflicting user groups. Many environmental educators are charged with administering outreach and education programs that foster stewardship to preserve natural or cultural resources and to promote conservation of these resources. Frequently, there is duplication of programs and fragmentation of services. VINE was created to reducing how often each of us reinvents the same old wheel.
Ok, cool. But why do you need a web log?
This blog is a place where VINE members share news about upcoming events and post about our recent successes! We’ll feature articles we call About Agency posts where you’ll learn more about the myriad groups involved in VINE such as the territorial Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA), the St. George Village Botanical Garden, Reef Jam and so many others. Interspersed among these informative About Agency posts will be super fun posts about EVENTS you can attend at which VINE is hosting or present.
If this is your first time here, please check out some of these awesome images from our past:
Participants in a Hatchling Watch at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge wait for leatherback sea turtle hatchlings to emerge from their sandy nest. You can almost see their tiny black beaks pointing up in the middle of that circle!
The kids' tables at the 2011 Fundraiser for the East End Marine Park where we made interactive Turtle Wheels that showed how sea turtles are threatened by the careless action of some people.
- Volunteers help clean up the beach before green and hawksbill nesting season at the International Coastal Cleanup 2011 at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge.
- The St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) hosts FREE snorkel clinics for the public throughout the spring and summer. Here, Jenn Travis plays with some pariticpants as they learn about symbiotic relationships while UVI’s Marcia Taylor watches. Visit SEA’s website at stxenvironmental.org.
- Families make their own soaps at this Second Saturday at the St. George Village Botanical Garden. Find out about their next workshop at http://www.sgvbg.org!
- Two VINE members represented us at the 40th Annual North American Assocation for Environmental Education Conference in Raleigh, NC in October 2011. Pictured is a group exploration of the coastal habitat near the Duke University Marine Lab hosted by the North Caroloina Museum of Natural Sciences.