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National Public Lands Day

Snails and Scales on the Trail, become a Nauticus Naturalist


Friday, September 25, 2020 to Saturday, September 26, 2020 

Nauticus is highlighting the Elizabeth River Trail that we sit on! We want to help our community get in touch with the amazing Maritime environment right in their backyard. We will be providing virtual content to encourage safe, social distanced nature engagement to celebrate National Public Lands Day! The Elizabeth River Trail was established in 2016 and is the result of a large scale community effort to restore the waterfront in our city. We are excited to encourage our community to use this public land and safely enjoy our city’s efforts including the Nauticus campus! 

READ about the Environmental Stewardship efforts of our Youth Volunteers by taking a look at their blogs on Maritime Conservation!

WATCH a video on how to identify local species and participate in a fun Citizen Scientist opportunity by using the iNaturalist or Seek apps to log local species on the Elizabeth River Trail or other public land close to you!

ACT! by signing up for one of our live virtual events below.

Become a Nauticus Naturalist! 

Friday, Sept 25: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm (ET)

There are many ways to interact with nature and explore our public lands! Learn how to nature journal as we explore the Elizabeth River Trail and all the amazing creatures that live along the Elizabeth River Trail, even on the bottom of our Battleship Wisconsin!  Materials: notebooks and your favorite drawing/writing supplies, optional – a magnifying glass or other lens to get a closer look at some of our specimens!

Snails and Scales on the Trail! ​- Ages 5-12

Saturday, Sept 26: 11:00 am – 11:30 am (ET)

Check out what lives right in our backyard! The Elizabeth River is full of marine life we can easily see, but there’s also a whole world too small to view with the naked eye. Take a walk on the Elizabeth River Trail or in your own backyard and collect specimens along the way. We will use a variety of methods to get a closer look at the hidden creatures in our local waters, even building a tool that they can use at home! We will also learn how to use a smart phone app as a way to participate in a Citizen Scientist opportunity and help document the local plants and animals we observe!

Materials: Water bottle, recycled clear plastic lids, Scissors, Magnifying glass, Double sided tape, Specimens (Collect dead bugs, small flowers, shells, and more from along the Elizabeth River Trail or your yard), Pipette or paintbrush, Sharpie