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Photo of a masked woman sitting in front of an aquarium exhibit. A large fish stares out at the woman who is holding a photo of a kelp farm. In front of the woman is a table with colorful toys. A young masked child holds a carrot out to the woman.
Playing with and sorting objects related to farming is one key activity developed through the Ocean Farmers project. Educator Jeyleen is discussing these ideas with a guest. Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific
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In the latest eeBLUE Harvest Stories, Ocean Farmers, a cross-sector, regional partnership, provides lessons in securing healthy and vital food access for generations. 

Two people kneeling on a sandy dune, planting dune grass
RiSC Dune Grass Planting. Photo credit: Teri Brennan
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Youth-led action and nature-based solutions for climate mitigation are the focus of two programs at the National Wildlife Federation. Read how fieldwork and research are powering the students' next steps.

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary middle school 21CCLC students pause at a sandbar on a kayak trip to test for pollutants at the Bogue Falaya. Photo credit: Matt May.
ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary middle school 21CCLC students pause at a sandbar on a kayak trip to test for pollutants at the Bogue Falaya. Photo credit: Matt May.
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In this eeBLUE Watershed Chronicles blog post, Polly Burns, Program Director at ReNEW Schools, and Dinah Maygarden, Director of the Coastal Education Program at the University of New Orleans, bring wetland and watershed science investigative projects to middle school students.

New offshore aquaculture exhibit at Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota Florida. Photo credit: Danielle Mosteller, Mote Marine Aquarium.
New offshore aquaculture exhibit at Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota Florida. Photo credit: Danielle Mosteller, Mote Marine Aquarium.
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Read about a unique partnership between academia, industry, and public education that was formed to improve aquaculture literacy and confidence in a Florida community in the latest eeBLUE Harvest Stories blog.

 The Sea Center staff tours TCAF to expand their knowledge of abalone aquaculture, so they can better teach aquarium visitors about large scale aquaculture and how it is helping save the endangered white abalone.
The Sea Center staff tours TCAF to expand their knowledge of abalone aquaculture, so they can better teach aquarium visitors about large scale aquaculture and how it is helping save the endangered white abalone. Photo Credit: Owen Duncan of the Santa Barbara Sea Center
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Each month, NAAEE will share blogs from the Aquaculture Literacy grantees as they implement innovative educational experiences that explore aquaculture topics in local communities. We can’t wait for you to “sea” what they are up to!

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Access to nature can reduce anxiety, green schoolyards can impact students’ physical and socioemotional health, and environmental education can improve health-related quality of life. As environmental educators, we’re familiar with nature’s many gifts, including that of wellness and health. In this blog post, we’ll look specifically at how Geechee communities in Georgia supported and prioritized community health.

Leaf Pack Simulation: The Leaf Pack Simulation allows any online user to become a water quality scientist!
A Photo of the Leaf Pack Simulation. Photo Credit: David Kline
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In this eeBLUE Watershed Chronicles blog post, David Kline from Stroud™ Water Research Center, shares the unintentional outcomes of adaptive educational experiences at 21st century community learning centers.