The Coastal Conservation Corp project will allow EDGE to reach exponentially more people by traveling in a mobile outreach vehicle, the Discovery Depot. EDGE will take the message to the people rather than waiting for the visitor to come to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. By providing a mobile platform, CCC will be able to bring the methods proven by NBMSS to a wider audience. This will increase the amount of impact CCC can have on our community’s environmental concerns.
The guests who visit the Discovery Depot at festivals and schools, will leave with a heightened awareness of beach safety, marine debris, jellyfish, fish and turtle conservation and monitoring, reef health and invasive species monitoring. The exhibits in the Discovery Depot will raise awareness of environmental issues and give suggestions of how visitors can be active and involved in making a difference to protect and preserve the ecosystems.
The CCC project has a unique and invaluable goal to promote the appreciation, conservation, and understanding of the marine ecosystem of coastal Florida through hands-on citizen science projects. On a larger scale, the CCC project can have an even greater impact on every life, by increasing the level of awareness and the involvement of people in citizen science projects.
The Discovery Depot will be the premiere outreach unit in Northwest Florida and will be the most wanted and attended exhibit at outreach and conservation events, awareness days, festivals, and schools.