Celebrating the Ocean with NABS
Article by Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary
This week, sanctuary staff have been very busy hosting the National Association of Black Scuba Divers Youth Educational Summit (NABS/YES). Through this program, 24 youth from all over the country, ranging in age from 9-18, came to the Houston/Galveston area to learn about a variety of coastal and ocean topics and experience some of the local culture.
Experiences this week included learning about Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, visiting NOAA Fisheries’ sea turtle program, participating in a community marsh restoration program, seining and dip-netting at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, learning about ocean technology at OceanWorks, piloting an ROV at Moody Gardens, diving at 288 Lake and Moody Gardens, exploring the Battleship Texas, observing NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in action, touring Texas A&M University Galveston, traveling on board R/V Manta, learning about recompression chambers, exploring the tall ship Elissa, and learning to surf with the help of a local Surfrider chapter.
But their visit is still not quite done! Saturday will take them to the Buffalo Soldier Museum and rodeo activities. Sunday they will head back to their homes with new friends, lifetime experiences, and continued support from their local NABS chapters.
We would have loved to share the experience with each of you in person, but we’ll have to settle for sharing some photos. Please be sure to see what these amazing kids have been up to by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FGBNMS.
Happy National Ocean Day!!