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August 15, 2013

Marine Docent Program

DURHAM —Learn about the marine environment and give back to your community by becoming a UNH Marine Docent. An informational meeting for those interested in becoming a docent will be held on Thurs., August 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the N.H. Sea Grant office at 122 Mast Road in Lee.

The University of New Hampshire Marine Docent program is a group of more than 170 volunteers who educate the community about coastal resources, teaching up-to-the-minute marine science in classrooms and at sea aboard the University’s research vessel.

The Docents’ challenge is being able to translate scientific information to the public to match the needs of the current times, explains Mark Wiley, assistant director of marine education for N.H. Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension.

To prepare for their roles as educators, Marine Docents get hands-on training in local history and science by UNH faculty, extension educators and other experts in the marine field. Training takes place both inside the classroom and out, with a variety of field trips to sites around the Seacoast. The five-month training program begins in September, with courses held Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

No prior experience is required to become a Marine Docent. Ideal candidates possess a love of learning, a keen interest in the marine environment, a sense of stewardship for the marine world, and a desire to share their knowledge with children and adults in the community.

The Marine Docent Program is sponsored by N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information or directions, contact Dari Ward at 603-862-6701 or dari.ward@unh.edu, or Mark Wiley at 603-862-6702, or mark.wiley@unh.edu.

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