The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced that the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station of Navarre Beach will receive a Gulf Guardian Award for 2011 in the Youth Education Category.
The Awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting on August 3 in New Orleans
The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is a project that involves local high school students as well as community leaders, families, and tourists. In late 2008, the local high school marine science students held a town hall meeting for the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners and the county school board about converting an empty, unoccupied ranger station into an environmental center. The high school students succeeded in obtaining the site in March 2009. Over 2,000 community service hours later, the students, under faculty supervision, created what is now the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station.
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