Project Blue Mile

What is Project Blue Mile?

Project Blue Mile grew out of MarineQuest's desire to achieve its mission specifically with underserved populations in coastal southeastern North Carolina. To accomplish this, MarineQuest partnered with AmeriCorps as a part of North Carolina's Project GEOS (Growing Environmental Opportunities through Service). The focus of Project Blue Mile is to promote Ocean Literacy Principle #6 "the ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected" to middle school children in rural coastal communities. The ultimate goal is to help these children understand that their actions can impact the ocean, they have a responsibility to care for the ocean, and that they are capable of helping care for the ocean.

Meet our Americorps Member and Project Blue Mile Leader: Danielle Frank

Danielle Frank Danielle received both her B.S. in Marine Biology and M.S. in Environmental Studies from UNCW. Her passion is bringing environmental education to underserved areas, which lead her to this AmeriCorps service position with MarineQuest. She hopes to one day receive her PhD, and open a marine science outdoor education school in her family's home country in Costa Rica.

What events have occurred with Project Blue Mile?

We completed our first successful few weeks of programing! During the weeks of July 13-17, 2015 and July 20-24, 2015, Project Blue Mile held two summer camps at Cape Fear Middle School in Rocky Point, NC. Thirty-five different students from ages 9-14 joined us over those two weeks to learn how we are inextricably interconnected to our oceans! Each day featured a different topic of marine science, and students were able to hear from experts in the field.

Our speakers included:

  • Dr. Diana Rashash, NC Cooperative Extension
  • Bonnie Monteleone, The Plastic Ocean Project
  • Troy Alphin, UNC Wilmington Senior Research Associate
  • Patti Mason, UNC Wilmington Lecturer
  • Adam Branson, Cape Fear Community College Biology Instructor

The campers also completed The Plastic Ocean Project inspired art works that will be displayed at Cape Fear Middle School throughout the 2015-16 school year.