CMNA 072018

Plastic Pollution & Coastal Flooding - Master Naturalist Training

Join us for a day overlooking the Charleston Harbor learning about plastics pollution and litter in the morning and about flooding and sea level rise in the afternoon. South Carolina Aquarium has a unique approach to creating a better environment for us all and YOU CAN HELP! Join us to learn about citizen science opportunities you can engage in and take home to improve our world.

Our presenters will be Al George and Kelly Thorvalson.

Albert George has the honor of serving as the first Director of Conservation for the South Carolina Aquarium and is also the Co-Founder of the Amazon Reforestation Project. Prior to the Amazon Reforestation Project, he worked as the Director of Education for Georgia Aquarium Inc. He has also held appointments as a Management Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and as a Research Associate for the Center for Marine Environmental Science and Biotechnology. Mr. George completed his B.S. in Marine Biology and Chemistry from Savannah State University and the P.R.E.P. program at Yale University concentrating in physiology cellular molecular genetics, and then completed a program of study from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government/MIT in addition to completing a Master's of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the founder of the Georgia Green Economy Summit and the Resilience Initiative for Coastal Education (RICE) which has worked to promote green economy growth and resilience strategic planning in the state of Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Kelly Thorvalson is a native of Georgetown, SC and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. Kelly began working with the South Carolina Aquarium in 1999, a year before the Aquarium opened its doors. In addition to helping build the initial animal collection, Kelly helped with the first sea turtles admitted for rehabilitation in 2000. From 2004-2016, Kelly managed the Sea Turtle Care Center, greatly developing the program including a major expansion that opened in 2017. Kelly’s current position is Conservation Programs Manager. In this role she is helping to advance sea turtle conservation initiatives beyond the Aquarium’s walls. These initiatives include Good Catch, the Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program, the Resiliency Initiative for Coastal Education working to arm coastal communities with information and tools to understand rising sea levels, and strategic plastics initiatives to reduce the negative environmental impacts of plastics.


This will be a physically easy day, the training will be inside the Aquarium and there will be the optional opportunity to participate in a short litter pick up outside on the grounds/parking lots in the area.

Our one hour lunch has 3 options; you can go off on your own, you can bring your own or we can have a catered buffet (additional charge). We will be able to eat on the upper deck of the Aquarium with a beautiful view of the harbor. Please indicate lunch plans in the Comments section when you sign up.

Please sign up soon.  Attendees limited to 30 persons to create best learning experience for all.

Date: 11/09/2018 (Fri.)

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm EST

Location: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Created by:   Debbie Seabrook
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Attendees (30)

Please indicate Lunch Plans in Comments - Off, BYO, Group Catered

15 of 30 slots filled
Nina Fair
Catered veggie lunch
Ed Salley
any of the options are good with me
Tara Boone
Catered lunch would be great
Linda Parker
Want the catered lunch. I have a Shellfish allergy
Debbie Seabrook
catered veggie
Denise Kroninger
Catered would be great! Thx.
Julia James
Catered lunch
Jeff Kline
Michael Patrick Patrick
Catered lunch
Alec Tuten
Need to know cost of class, how many hours, and a catered lunch would be great.
Linda Rowe
catered veggie
LINDA Geronilla
Catered lunch for $5
David Parker
Want catered lunch
David McLean
I'll pack a picnic lunch.
Terry Hartnett
Catered veggie lunch, please:-)

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