Through Island Investigators, the students investigate environmental issues on a small scale that affect or concern them as young people. In the past, they have also investigated mangrove disease, planted corals on reef balls, and investigated snails destroying reef in Sandy Point.
Friends of the Environment is making a difference across Abaco.
From December 3 – 19, some of the world’s top explorers and scientists in their fields were on-island to map out and research Abaco’s mysterious and beautiful blue holes. A large part of their visit has also been spent conducting educational outreach to students of Abaco.
The St. Francis de Sales Interact Club, partnering with FRIENDS of the Environment, cleaned up Casuarina Beach last weekend as part of a coastal cleanup.
A large group of people gathered at Coconut Tree Bay in Murphy Town during the morning of September 18 to participate in a major cleanup. Friends of the Environment coordinated the effort to rid the area of a vast amount of trash that had accumulated over the last couple of years.
April 30 was a proud and exciting day for The Friends of the Environment as they welcomed guests to the opening celebration of The Frank Kenyon Research Centre. Approximately 100 people attended the opening including students, scientists, donors, partners and government officials.
The grand opening of Friends of the Environment’s Frank Kenyon Centre for Research, Education and Conservation will take place on April 30. As construction continues, the anticipation mounts as FRIENDS staff members look forward to this great milestone and the positive and lasting contributions the Centre will bring to Abaco.
Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS) held the first of their two annual Reef Balls on Feb 7 at the Abaco Inn. The gala event raises money for FRIENDS projects which includes environmental education and the new Frank Kenyon Research Centre. Both a silent and live auction were key fund raising cornerstones of the Reef Ball.
If you’ve ever explored the tidal creek systems of Abaco, you’ve probably noticed that they are a preferred hangout for juvenile green sea turtles. Abundant seagrass food resources and refuge from predators make these creeks attractive to turtles who will remain there for 10-20 years while they grow and mature to reproductive age.
Friends of the Environment is taking on a new challenge: building a research and environmental education center for the people of Abaco. The Abaco Research Center is the culmination of 25 years of grassroots conservation work and 10 years of partnership with schools and teachers through our education program. The six bedroom facility will have a kitchen, dining space, wet and dry labs, covered outdoor workspace and a classroom.