MARCH 2017
For more than 25 years, the Friends of Canaveral have supported the National Park Service in its mission to preserve, protect and interpret the 57,000 acres of pristine shoreline, dunes and wilderness that are Canaveral National Seashore. 

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MARCH 2017 ~ In this issue

Dear Friends,
Happy March!  I want to thank the Friends of Canaveral for assisting with the wonderful Volunteer Appreciation Day on February 18 th.  We all had a chance to share some time, a great meal and express our thanks to the volunteers that work in the seashore throughout the year.  If you'd like to be appreciated and invited to the party next year, call our Volunteer-In-Parks Coordinator, Michell Woulard (386) 428-3384 ext. 240 and sign up.

We have lots of exciting spring events coming up such as National Park Week, April 16-23 and the newly revamped Run with the Rangers on April 29 th.  So look in this and upcoming issues of Friends of
Canaveral Newsletter and join the fun and invite your friends to become Friends of Canaveral.

See you at the beach!
Laura Henning

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The 2017 year begins the second century of stewardship of America's National Parks.  The "Friends" urge you to continue your support of Canaveral Seashore National Park, as your Park, and discover its recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs in your own backyard. By continuing your membership, or giving a gift membership to your friends or family, helps to assure that our future generations can enjoy this unique, historic recreational area.

Membership Benefits:
  • A "Membership Card" to the Friends of Canaveral
  • Discount of 15% at the Canaveral Seashore Park Gift Shop
  • Subscription to the Friends of Canaveral eNewsletter
  • Invitation to all fund raising events
  • Volunteer opportunities
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APRIL 29TH - 8am

Seashore Volunteers Honored at
VIP Awards Luncheon

Like in years past, close to 100 volunteers who keep Playlinda and Apollo beaches running smoothly were recognized as VIPs (Volunteers in the Park) during a program on Saturday, February 18, at Apollo Visitor Center's new maintenance facility.
Sponsored by Canaveral National Seashore, volunteers enjoyed a luncheon provided by the national park service, volunteers and staff members. Friends of Canaveral sponsored a large cake honoring all the VIPs and recognizing the National Park Service Centennial year that concluded in 2016.
Before the lunch, VIPs were recognized as invaluable stewards helping to keep the National Seashore the special place it is. Laura Henning, Chief of Interpretation & Visitor Services, said the volunteer hours average out to about $25 per hour, an expense the Park Service doesn't have to pay because of the dedicated volunteers.
For their hard work with special programs throughout 2016, Mary-Chris Anderson, Neil Folsom, and Kevin and Debbie Pihl were singled out as VIPs of the year representing both the north and south districts. A much longer list of VIP recipients was then announced as certificates of recognition and volunteer T-shirts were handed out.
Park rangers on hand for the VIP awards included Michelle Woulard, VIP coordinator and interpretation visitor services, north district; Kristen Kneifl, resident manager; Valerie Stanley, youth assistant; and Ashley Steele, visitor interpretation services, south district

    March 2
Walking the Warck with MDC
March 9
Public Interaction with the shore: Run outs, swift currents, rips with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue
March 16
Hatchlings Head for the Ocean and Beyond with NSB Turtle Trackers
March 23
Beachcombing with Charles "Bud" Doyle

   March 30 Coastal Dunes & Woodlands with Charles "Bud" Doyle

DOWNLOAD Schedule thru May 2017

APRIL 11, 2017 -  5:30 PM
New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission
200 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Guest speaker: Dana Greatrex
Burns Science & Technology Charter School

The public is invited to our annual meeting on April 11th. Refreshments will be served.

We are seeking volunteer board members to join the current board in the exciting and rewarding mission of fundraising for Canaveral National Seashore.

It Takes A Village To Raise A School!
Please join Friends of Canaveral at our annual meeting as we welcome Guest Speaker, Dana Greatrex, from Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill, Florida.   

Burns Sci & Tech School is a cooperative partner of Canaveral National Seashore and the Caretakers Cottage at Seminole Rest is the field classroom for all students.
The school opened as a Tuition-free, public STEM Charter School in 2011 and in only five years, it grew to a population of 423 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Today it is STEM Certified by the international evaluators, AdvancED, and received a National Accreditation.  Dana is the librarian and serves as the Student and Community Director for the school.

Canaveral National Seashore
Have you ever watched a LIVE CAM?
This is used by many teachers in their classroom and is amazing to watch these animals live.

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Best hours:  6:00am - 7:00pm
Time zone:  Eastern Africa Time-

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