Melbourne Environmental Community ‘Discover the Scrub’ Virtual Field Trip to be Held March 11

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virtual experience will be 45 minutes long

Join Megan Selva with the City of Melbourne Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Division as she hikes through our local scrub ecosystem and interviews special guest Dustin Angell, Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station. (Melbourne ECO image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Join Megan Selva with the City of Melbourne Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Division as she hikes through our local scrub ecosystem and interviews special guest Dustin Angell, Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station.

Dustin will be at Archbold, a 9,000-acre pristine scrub ecosystem located in Venus, Florida. They will be exploring two separate scrub habitats to compare and contrast our coastal scrub here on the Atlantic Ridge to the inland scrub located on the ancient dune islands that make up Lake Wales Ridge.

Come learn about the history and significance of these endangered ecosystems. This virtual experience will be 45 minutes long.

To register for the webinar visit savetheirl.org

The program will also stream live on the Marine Resources Council (MRC) Facebook page.

Nicole Broquet, MRC’s Environmental Education Coordinator, provided her support and expertise in making this virtual event possible.

What: Discover the Scrub, a Virtual Field Trip hosted by the City of Melbourne and the Marine Resources Council

When: March 11, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

How to Participate: Register for this free event on the MRC website, https://savetheirl.org/whats-new/virtual-field-trips/, to receive a Zoom link and log-in information.

■  If you cannot register in advance, you may watch the live-stream on the MRC Facebook page.

■  All ages are welcome, but the program is geared toward youth.

About the Presenters:

Megan Selva, Environmental Programs Coordinator for the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division, is a homegrown Floridian who began her environmental education career as a park ranger in Tampa after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Spanish. (Melbourne ECO image)

Megan Selva, Environmental Programs Coordinator for the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division, is a homegrown Floridian who began her environmental education career as a park ranger in Tampa after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Spanish.

She then moved to Washington State where she was immersed in a wooden boat building and sailing culture. She became a sailing and rowing instructor for youth programs and lived off-the-grid to learn the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle.

Missing the sunny Florida weather, she landed a position at Archbold Biological Station starting off as an education intern and executive assistant to a research assistant at Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch where she gained experience in soil and vegetation research on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch.

Megan is proud to be working for the City of Melbourne as the new Environmental Programs Coordinator. She is currently a board member for the League of Environmental Educators of Florida.

Dustin Angell, Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station, is an environmental educator and conservation photographer living and working in the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades. (Melbourne ECO image)

Dustin Angell, Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station, is an environmental educator and conservation photographer living and working in the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades.

As the Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station in Venus, FL, he builds community relationships and interprets ecological research for audiences of all ages.

As an artist, he uses photography to document the science and conservation challenges of the region and the people trying to solve them. Dustin is the current President of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida.

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