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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
University of Virgin Islands
Center for Marine & Environmental Studies
RR #1, Box 10,000 Kingshill
St. Croix, USVI 00850
(340) 692-4046 FAX: (340) 692-4047
Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), University of the Virgin Islands, RR1, Box
10,000, Kingshill, VI 00850. Contact: Dr. Bob Godfrey; 692-4020, FAX: 692-4035.
AES conducts basic and applied scientific research on methods of food and feed
production and natural resource preservation in the Virgin Islands. AES research
programs include Agronomy, Animal Science, Aquaculture, Biotechnology,
Agroforestry and Horticulture.
Anti-Litter and Beautification St. Croix, VI Waste Management Authority (ALBX),
45 King St., Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820. Contact: Dee Osinski; 773-4489;
ALBX promotes recycling, beautification and waste minimization through litter
cleanup, planting programs, and other beautification projects. ALBX provides
solid waste, recycling, and anti-litter education programs and awards grants to
organizations with similar objectives.
Cooperative Extension Service (CES), University of the Virgin Islands, RR#2, POB
10,000 Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00850-1000. Contact: Clinton George, Director; 692-
4071; FAX: 692-4085. http://rps.uvi.edu/CES
CES is the public education and outreach arm of the University. CES provides
programs relating to Agriculture, Natural Resources, Home Economics, and the 4-H
Division of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), Department of Planning and Natural
Resources, 45 Mars Hill, Frederiksted, St. Croix, VI 00841. Contact: Susan Curtis;
713-1082; FAX: 773-3343.
CZM manages the St. Croix East End Marine Park, a protected area that
encompasses an area from Green Cay to Great Salt Pond on the eastern end of St.
Croix. The park is approximately 60 square miles with 17 miles of shoreline. CZM
provides classroom and community programs and activities that highlight the
importance of coral reefs and marine protected areas to St. Croix's environmental
heritage, cultural identity, and economy.
Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), Department of Planning and Natural
Resources, 45 Mars Hill, Frederiksted, St. Croix, VI 00841. Contact: William Coles;
713-2422; FAX: 772-3227.
DFW uses Sportfish and Wildlife Restoration funds to develop environmental
education materials for use by schools, resource user groups, and the general
public. Materials cover habitats, fisheries, wildlife and general environmental
issues. DFW also is involved in research and surveys with fisheries, wildlife and
endangered species. The Division provides environmental assessments on
development impacts and technical assistance on environmental issues.
National Park Service (NPS), Christiansted National Historic Site, Buck Island
Reef National Monument, and Salt River Bay National Historical Park and
Ecological Preserve, 2100 Church Street, #100, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820-
4611. Contact: Superintendent Joel Tutein; 773-1460 ext. 22; FAX: 778-8460.
Email: email@example.com, http://www.nps.gov
NPS is a nonprofit organization of the U.S. Department of the Interior that serves to
conserve the scenery, natural and historic objects and wildlife within the National
Parks and to provide for their enjoyment in such manner as will leave them
unimpaired for future generations. Educational activities include field trips and
classroom presentations pertaining to the parks' historical, cultural and natural
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), 5030 Anchor Way, Suite
2, Gallows Bay, Christiansted, VI 00820-4692. Contact: Rudy O'Reilly; 773-9146;
NRCS assists local landowners with farm subsidy and erosion control programs.
NRCS provides leadership and administers federal programs to help people
conserve, improve and sustain natural resources and the environment.
VI Resource Conservation and Development Council (RCD), 5030 Anchor Way
Suite 2, Gallows Bay, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820-4692. Contact: Julie
Wright; 778-9838; FAX: 778-7001.
RCD is a locally-run, nonprofit organization that sponsors natural and cultural
resource conservation, and community development projects in the USVI. Among
its many services, RCD provides grant-writing training, resources, environmental
and forestry educational materials, and technical assistance to educators. RCD
also assists educators in submitting and administering grants to fund interactive
educational projects, such as the Estate Adventure Nature Trail.
St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA), P.O. Box 3839, Christiansted, St.
Croix, VI 00822. Contact SEA Office; 778-1989; FAX: 773-7545. Email:
SEA is a member of the Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS), which is a
subsidiary of the National Wildlife Federation. SEA is a non-profit group that
provides environmental education, outings, and other activities for members and for
the general public. SEA brings litigation for the public good.
St. Croix Landmarks Society (WHIM), 52 Estate Whim, Frederiksted, VI 00840.
Contact: Marilyn Chakroff; 772-0598, FAX 772-9446.
The Estate Whim Museum and the Carl Lawaetz Museum at Little La Grange are
operated and maintained by the WHIM, a nonprofit historic organization that serves
to preserve the culture and heritage of the Virgin Islands. The educational
activities and resources of the historic sugar estate at Whim include museum tours
and programs, classroom visits, teacher training and workshops, camps and after
school programs, lectures, exhibits, St. Croix estate tours, rare books, research
library and archives, museum kits and teaching materials for loan, and books,
booklets and historic photographs for sale. The Lawaetz Museum is an
authentically furnished Danish West Indian home with one hundred year old
gardens. Tours are available with reduced rates for school groups.
St. George Village Botanical Garden (SGVBG), 127 Estate St. George,
Frederiksted, VI 00840. Contact: Lesley Hoffman; 692-2874; FAX: 692-6154. Email:
SGVBG is a nonprofit organization developed around the ruins of an 18th and 19th
century Danish sugar cane plantation. The Garden's mission is to conserve rare
and endangered species, preserve historical and cultural relationships between
people and plants, and educate the public regarding gardening and horticulture in
the VI. In addition to housing a library and herbarium for botanical research, the
Garden's programs include educational tours, presentations and workshops. Tours
for student groups of 4th grade and above are available by appointment.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Federal Building, 3013 Estate Golden Rock,
Suite #167, Christiansted, VI 00820. Contact: Claudia Lombard or Amy McKay;
773-4554; FAX: 713-8971.
Throughout the US, USFWS manages over 93 million acres of land, comprised of
over 500 National Wildlife Refuges (NWR), including Sandy Point NWR in St.
Croix. SPNWR consists of over 360 acres of subtropical dry vegetation, including
the largest salt pond in the VI, and a stretch of almost 3 miles of sandy beach, and
provides excellent educational opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
SPNWR was established for the protection of endangered leatherback sea turtles.
The Refuge is open to the public on weekends from 10:00AM to 4:00PM and
provides educational presentations, activities and turtle watches by reservation.
Turtle watches are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from March-
Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO), Oscar E. Henry Customs House, 200 Strand
Street, Frederiksted, VI 00840. Contact: Leila Mulle; 772-2616; FAX: 772-0063.
The Experience Energy Education program/presentations involve championing
energy efficiency and renewable energy technology to students, teachers, parents
and school administrators. The goal of this program is to seek to modify behavior
of the given audience so that they become energy-wise consumers.
Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), University of the Virgin Islands,
RR #1 P.O. Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00850. Contact: Marcia Taylor; 692-
VIMAS is the community education, information and outreach branch of the
University of Puerto Rico's Sea Grant College Program, serving the Virgin Islands
through UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. VIMAS provides
information and programs on marine-related issues and environmental topics.
Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE), 45 King St.,
Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820. Contact: Dee Osinski; 773-4489; FAX: 773-
VINE provides coordinated environmental and cultural educational programs and
resource network within twenty-four affiliated agencies and groups in the USVI. The
network links K-20 educators, natural and cultural resource organizations and
stakeholders to promote environmental and cultural education throughout the USVI.
VINE publishes quarterly newsletters for members and the general public.
West Indies Marine Animal Research and Conservation Service (WIMARCS),
Sandy Point National Refuge, Estate Whim, Concordia Beach, Frederiksted, St.
Croix, VI 00840. Contact: Steve Garner; 772-1382; FAX: 772-3234. Email:
WIMARCS was created to develop a support system for research and conservation
projects and programs that protect and conserve marine animals. Through
research, resource protection, education, support groups, and awareness,
WIMARCS assists our community, students, researchers, and government
agencies in conserving our marine environment. Each research and conservation
project and program focuses on the protection and recovery of endangered and
threatened species. The programs are designed to protect, recover, and ensure a
sustainable marine resource.
The Bridge http://www.vims.edu/bridge/
Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center.
The GLOBE Program ihp \\\\\\.Globe.gov
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
National Geographic's Sustainable Seas Expeditions
Teacher materials, informal education and other opportunities.
National Marine Educators Association
Resources and support for science educators, scientists,
government and research. hiup \ \ \\.marine-ed.org
National Marine Sanctuaries
Information, data, activities and resources from the nation's marine
National Science Foundation http://www.nsf.gov
Programs and information for educators and students.
National Science Teachers Association
Promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and
learning for all. http://www.nsta.org
National Weather Service http://www.nws.noaa.gov
Resources for educators to improve student awareness of
meteorology, hydrology and climatology.
Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center
Data, CD-ROMs, posters and other educational information on
physical oceanography. http://podaac-www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/
Project WISE (Web-based Integrated Science Environment)
Free middle and high school science curriculum activities.
Resources for teaching and learning about earth system science.
US Environmental Protection Agency
Science resources including curriculum ideas.
US Fish and Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov/educon.html
Tools for educating about fish and wildlife including publications,
videos, maps, pictures and a kid's page.
Water on the Web http://wow.nrri.umn.edu/wow
Integration of real-time data into educational curricula over the
Internet. Data, lesson plans, support for water education.
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