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  • First time the Reserve had funding for this position Had interviewed for the Research Intern position b/c I wanted to be in the working in the field all summer, but b/c I had more background with children, public service, and social concentration in Enviro Stds.
  • Internship Dnerr

    1. 1. My Summer of MAGIC as an Environmental Educator
    2. 2. DNERR <ul><li>DELAWARE  directly outside of Dover, DE </li></ul><ul><li>NATIONAL  nation-wide effort to preserve, protect, research, and educate about wetland/estuary areas </li></ul><ul><li>ESTUARINE  estuary area where fresh water and salt water meet and mix </li></ul><ul><li>RESEARCH  further study and discovery in flora, fauna, weather, geography, etc </li></ul><ul><li>RESERVE  wetland that is saved and preserved for educational and research purposes </li></ul>
    3. 3. DNERR continued <ul><li>26 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country </li></ul><ul><li>DNERR was the 22 nd built </li></ul><ul><li>Consists of two components: Upper Blackbird Creek (land-based) and Lower St. Jones River Reserve (water-based), about 30 miles apart </li></ul>
    4. 4. The St. Jones Research Reserve <ul><li>Opened in May 1999 on 3,750 acres of land between the Delaware Bay and the St. Jones River </li></ul><ul><li>Houses educational and research labs, office spaces, exhibits, classroom, conference rooms, and an auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily used for school programs, conferences, workshops, and research </li></ul><ul><li>It is a component of DNERR under the Division of Soil and Water for DNREC </li></ul>
    5. 5. The St. Jones Reserve cont. <ul><li>Research Department: 1 manager, 2 head researchers, 2 Graduate School research assistant, 1 Research Intern </li></ul><ul><li>Education Department: 1 manager, 2 head environmental educators, 1 Education Intern </li></ul><ul><li>Reserve Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Americorp Volunteer Coordinator </li></ul>
    6. 6. My Job <ul><li>Environmental Educator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature interpreter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design new educational programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase advertisement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horseshoe crab research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Naturalist Notebook” author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reserve Artist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canoe trip guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website design ( ) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. How was I trained? <ul><li>Read management plan </li></ul><ul><li>Accompanied every wetland tour and took notes </li></ul><ul><li>Read all children’s books in Reserve Library </li></ul><ul><li>Examined existing curriculum </li></ul>
    8. 8. Nature Interpreter <ul><li>Native species vs. Invasive species </li></ul><ul><li>Riparian buffer </li></ul><ul><li>4 most important aspects about estuaries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. SPONGE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. NURSERY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. HABITAT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. AESTHETIC </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. New Programs I designed <ul><li>Preschool Naturalist curriculum </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Crab Moon  3-D horseshoe crab w/ a decorated shell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Raccoon Moon  face masks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Crabby’s Water Wish  finger paint a clean water habitat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tammy the Turtle  clay saucer turtle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Estuary Explorers Day-Camp </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry in Motion </li></ul><ul><li>No-Trash Lunch Experiment </li></ul>
    10. 10. Naturalist Notebook <ul><li>The Skimmer – the St. Jones Reserve’s quarterly newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>“ Naturalist Notebook” –focuses on one specific animal found in an estuary environment </li></ul>
    11. 11. St. Jones Reserve Artist
    12. 12. SPOTLIGHT : Horseshoe Crabs
    13. 13. Environmental and Community Contributions <ul><li>Exposing </li></ul><ul><li>Educating </li></ul><ul><li>Conserving </li></ul>
    14. 14. Issues Facing the Reserve <ul><li>Teamwork amongst Research and Educational departments </li></ul><ul><li>Publicity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flyers, website, publications, press releases </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. I learned about… <ul><li>the importance of wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>interesting/random facts about estuaries and wildlife </li></ul><ul><li>the importance of DNERR and NERR </li></ul><ul><li>my new home state </li></ul>
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