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Georgias Coastal Ark to hit the beach for Beach Week 2011
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With summer in full swing, Georgia beaches in the Golden Isles are top destinations for visitors and residents. Jekyll, St. Simons and Tybee Island beach-goers will have the opportunity to learn more about the natural wonders of the beach when Georgia’s Coastal Ark visits these three popular beach destinations for the 6th annual “Beach Week 2011.”

Throughout this week, staff from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division (CRD) and other coastal organizations will be available at beach locations on Jekyll, St. Simons and Tybee to answer questions and talk with beach goers. The Coastal Ark, CRD’s 30-foot mobile educational unit, will showcase activities, information and materials covering a wide array of subjects including beach water quality, sand dollar stewardship and important marine fisheries. The highlight of Beach Week this year will be the live displays and their connection to Coastal Georgia.

CRD “Beach Week” events are scheduled for today at the parking lot of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center on Tybee Island; Wednesday, on Jekyll Island at the Great Dunes Park parking lot near the old Conference Center; and Thursday on St. Simons at the old Coast Guard Station beach access area. Hours at all locations will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Joining the Coastal Ark for Beach Week will be staff from Coastal Resources Division, GA DNR/Law Enforcement Division, Tidelands Nature Center, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island 4-H, Burton 4-H Center on Tybee, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, The Dolphin Project, Clean Coast, Oatland Island, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the US Coast Guard.

For more information about Beach Week 2011 activities contact Jennifer Kline, Coastal Ark Coordinator at (912) 264-7218.