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A Coastal Exploration begins…

May 16, 2014

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

9:27am, May 12: we’re underway. Two vans, eleven people, a dozen doughnuts, thirteen brownies, a container of strawberries, and a bottle of hot sauce. And some tents and stuff.

Shaw University and the Museum of Natural Sciences have partnered to take Shaw students on a five day camping trip through Eastern North Carolina using funds from the National Science Foundation Targeted Infusion Grant #94F (Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Rental Dusenbury, CoPI Dr. Eric Butler). We will be journeying through three different ecosystems: bottomland forest and swamp along the Roanoke River floodplain, pocosins (coastal plain wetlands), and barrier islands.

During our trip we will be camping first on platforms in Upper Deadwater Creek (reached via the ominously-named Devil’s Gut) and then at Pettigrew State Park. Six of us have been camping before, four…

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