In the next few months, the Noyo Center for Marine Science will host some exciting events that should appeal to our local community and visitors. Following our previous post about upcoming plans and fundraising to build a permanent home for the Center’s programs — also described in this post — the staff and board continue to plan ongoing events to educate the public about marine sciences.
Some of the Noyo Center’s events will be held in conjunction with the official Grand Opening of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail on June 4, 2016. Keep watching this blog for updates — we’ll publish another post about the June 4th Grand Opening events in the coming week!
Here is a brief calendar of upcoming Noyo Center for Marine Science events:
Coastal Trail Celebration
June 4th, South Coastal Trail, noon-4:00 p.m.
Follow the trail to the Crow’s Nest, a new marine visitor’s experience, brought to you by the Noyo Center, on the new South Coastal Trail. Join us to celebrate the new trail, our coast, and the opening of our first building. There are many events for the whole family:
* 73-foot Blue Whale skeleton
* Live music
* North Coast Brewing Company’s Steller IPA and BBQ from Harvest Market
* Environmental Displays
* Activities for kids, including circus, bouncy house, arts and crafts
* Corn Hole Tournament
* Coast Guard and logging demonstrations — and much more!
Citizen Science Opportunities:
Rocky Intertidal Bioblitz, early June, date to be decided.
Scientists, citizen scientists, land managers, and others will work together to identify as many species as possible, using the iNaturalist, an app and website where participants can upload and share observations with a larger community. Partnering with California Academy of Sciences, other agencies, and nonprofits, the Noyo Center will participate in a larger effort to highlight the incredible diversity of our near shore habitats.
Monthly Beach Surveys — first weekend of every month:
Building from the success of Noyo Center’s Tsunami Debris Program, they will begin a monthly beach survey looking for marine mammals, trash, and tsunami debris. Email for more information.
The Noyo Center for Marine Science is currently building a team of volunteers, so if you’re interested, you’re invited to join them for any of the following basic training sessions:
Docent Training for the Visitor’s Center (Crow’s Nest)
* May 11th, 5:30-6:30pm, South Coastal Trail Parking Lot
* May 17th, 10am-11:30am, South Coastal Trail Parking Lot
Basic Marine Mammal and Beach Survey Training
* May 18th, 6:30pm-8pm, Town Hall, Fort Bragg
* July 20th, 6:30pm-8pm, Town Hall, Fort Bragg
Email for more information.
To find out more about future plans for the Noyo Center for Marine Science, and how you can become involved with their programs, visit their web site — and keep checking our blog for updates!