PRESS RELEASE
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 8, 2015
CONTACT: Patrician Price, 904-823-4506

GTM RESEARCH RESERVE/MARINELAND DOLPHIN ADVENTURE OFFER LECTURE: GUIDED BY NATURE
~The lecture provides a great opportunity to learn more about ecotourism~
Eric Ziecheck is the guest speaker.
 
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve), in collaboration with the Marineland Dolphin Adventure, invites the public to a free lecture, "Guided by Nature," on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 10-11 a.m. at the new lecture location: Marineland Dolphin Adventure. 

Ripple Effect Ecotours Manager and Stewardship/Educational Coordinator Eric Ziecheck is the guest lecturer. An implanted Floridian at the age of six, Eric has spent the majority of his life on the beaches of both the east and west coasts of Florida. He has been fortunate to travel to locations all over the world, particularly the coastal areas of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He spent a great amount of time along the “Mata Atlantica” (Atlantic Coastal Forests). 

Out of these experiences, he came to appreciate each country’s lush and beautiful places. His career has led to the "Ripple" with a passion towards environmental education focused on natural resources. Eric believes that our youth is one of the most important “natural resources” for our future.
 
Ziecheck is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's from the College of Health and Human Performance and a master's from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He is also a Certified Coastal Master Naturalist.

The program is one of an ongoing Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month lecture series designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world. These events are free, so space is limited. Reservations can be made online here or call 904-823-4500 for more information.

Please arrive at the Marineland Dolphin Adventure Gift Shop by 9:45 a.m. to receive a wristband for free admission to Marineland to enjoy the park afterwards.

WHAT:   Lecture: "Guided by Nature"

WHEN:   Tuesday, Sept. 15
              10 - 11 a.m.

WHERE: New Location: Marineland Dolphin Adventure
              9600 Ocean Shore Blvd.
               St. Augustine, FL 32080

 
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