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Beach Week activities focus on coastal resources
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BRUNSWICK — With summer in full swing, Georgia beaches from Savannah to the Golden Isles are destinations for visitors and residents.

Beginning Monday, June 28, 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 the beaches for the 5th annual "Beach Week."

Staff from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division and other coastal organizations will be available during the week 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 and provide information on Georgia’s unique coastal environment including sand dollar stewardship, beach water quality, and protecting sand dunes. The highlight this year will be the live displays and their connection to Coastal Georgia.

"Our goal is to educate people about what they will see at the beach and why this resource is so important," said Coastal Ark Coordinator Jennifer Kline.

CRD Beach Week events are scheduled for Monday, June 28, on St. Simons at the old Coast Guard Station beach access area; Tuesday, June 29, at the parking lot of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center on Tybee Island; Wednesday, June 30, on Jekyll Island at the bathhouse pavilion area near the conference center; and Thursday, July 1, 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, 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, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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