Did you know that much of the USVI was once covered in Dry Forest? These days there is far less of it, yet much of our native wildlife relies on it for habitat. Read more about Dry Forests on this page created by UVI student Serena Joseph.
One of St. Croix’s natural treasures, the Mangrove Lagoon at Salt River, also known as Bio Bay, is being threatened by development. The National Park Service (NPS) is threatening the survival of Bio Bay by constructing an extensive campus for research and education on its shore. Everybody wants the new facility, but not where it could destroy the billions of Pyrodinium bahamense dinoflagellates that create the year round display or ruin its aesthetic appeal with light pollution. Read more about it and learn how you can help on our Bio Bay Page
St. Croix Environmental Association is once again offering our Coral Conservation Corps Summer Camp for students age 13-16. There are two sessions: July 11 – 22 and July 25- Aug 5.
Students enrolled in the Coral Conservation Corps program will increase their knowledge of St. Croix’s natural ecosystems, the plants and animals that depend upon those systems and of humankind’s role in shaping our past and determining our future. Goals of the program include increasing students’ desires and skills to be stewards of our environment and give students opportunities to share their knowledge about the environment with others.
Students will participate in hands-on activities, listen to lectures and discuss issues with guest speakers, create an advocacy project and participate in outdoor activities that enhance the lessons of the lab and classroom. Emphasized throughout the program is the health of St. Croix’s coral reef ecosystem and balance between the needs of an environment and its people. We hope to initiate a life-long process of learning, observation and stewardship for marine and coastal habitats.
A major aspect of the CCC is an advocacy project that campers will develop. The goal of this project is to give campers a means to tell others about what they have learned about coral reefs and how to protect them.
The program runs M-F, 9am – 3pm at the Little Princess Estate, home of The Nature Conservancy (near Five Corners). Thanks to a generous donation by The Buccaneer, the program is offered for only $50/session. If you are interested, please email Jen Valiulis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office (340) 773-1989.