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CCU professors lead nature tour series at Litchfield Beach

March 14, 2003

A new Lifelong Learning Society offering, "Litchfield Naturally," invites nature lovers to take a walk along the shore with members of Coastal Carolina University's science faculty for a Saturday series of two-hour environmental tours. The walks will take place in Litchfield Beach from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost per tour is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under age five. Exact locations for each tour will be provided when registering. To register or for more information, call Coastal's Division of Continuing Studies at 349-2665.

The following tours will be offered:

- Saturday, March 22
Beachfront Processes

Explore the beachfront and learn about the natural processes that create and remodel our beaches. Become informed about the impacts of shorefront development and recent beach renourishment projects.

Tour guide: Paul Gayes, professor of marine science and geology and director of the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies

- - Saturday, April 5
Environmental Quality Assessment and Best Management

This hands-on tour includes an environmental evaluation of an area pond. Learn how scientists measure and examine water quality. Become informed about best management practices for maintaining environmental quality in residential areas.

Tour guide: Susan Libes, professor of marine science and chemistry

- - Saturday, April 19
Wetland Plants
Explore an area wetland and learn to identify native plants and their ecological roles. The impact of development on wetland function will be discussed.

Tour guide: Tara Allden, adjunct professor, Center for Marine and Wetland Studies