Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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About 350 people plus 80 volunteers and exhibitors joined Fletcher Middle School's recent Splash into Science Night, which was dedicated to teaching about the environment, organizers said.

Some of the exhibitors included First Community Credit Union, St. Johns River Water ManagementDistrict, Sea Turtle Patrol, Riverkeeper, Surfrider, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Green-it-Up/Clean-it-up, Beaches History Museum, Audubon Society.

Several authors also participated, including Jane Wood, who wrote Trouble on the St. Johns River; John Oberheu, author of The Manatee that Flew; G.W. Reynolds, who wrote River Rats; and Sunny Robertson who represented her father, Steve Robertson, creator of the Peter the Pelican series.

The participants played a variation of the popular game "Twister" as way of learning about the aquatic environmental protection while others worked with make-and-take water bracelets, cave divers and edible aquifer models.

The Fletcher Middle Science Department and St. Johns River Water Management District used the evening to culminate a weeklong series of speakers in every science class. Speakers came from the Water Management District, Green-it-Up/Clean-it-Up and DEP. The students learned about the importance of the St. Johns River, recycling and the delicate aquatic ecosystem.


Nutrition students at the University of North Florida are preparing for a healthy holiday season by hosting a "Kick-Off to Healthy Holiday Eating" health fair from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, at Regency Square mall, next to Belk.

The event, sponsored by Aetna, is free and open to the public.

UNF nutrition students will provide healthy holiday cooking tips, health/wellness tips, weight evaluation and body composition analyses as well as nutrition advice for individuals with diabetes and heart disease. Free T-shirts and pedometers will also be given away.

For more information about the health fair, call Lauri Wright, UNF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, at 620-1429.


The Guana Research Reserve will host a beach walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Guana south beach lot location.

Visitors can join GTM Research Reserve Volunteer Rick Edwards for the "Beaches 101" experience, an informative and fun walk, and learn about the sand, the importance of dunes and animals at the beach.

Reservations are required. Call 823-4500. Meet at the Guana south beach parking lot 2 miles north of the Environmental Education Center, which is at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring water. Regular parking fees apply; $3 per vehicle but no charge for annual GTM pass holders.

Also at the Guana Reserve, live estuary animal interaction sessions will take place the first and third Saturdays of every month at 11 a. …

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