A summer’s night had fallen on Sapelo Island, Georgia. Despite the coastal breeze, the air remained humid and sticky, the buzz of insects singing an evening chorus.
The island was more crowded than normal. In addition to the usual researchers, graduate students, and interns, a group of K-12 teachers had gathered for a week-long immersion course as part of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems (GCE) Schoolyard Program, and I was there to document the experience. After dinner, we walked to a small auditorium in one of the buildings, sitting together around circular tables facing a screen. One by one, GCE scientists and researchers stood up to explain their work in coastal Georgia and describe the field trip opportunities available throughout the week.
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