Virtual Science Saturday: Exploring the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Date: Saturday, February 13th, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fee: $5

Fee with Member Discount: Free for Members & Friends

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February 13: Exploring the JC NERR and Great Bay, Mullica River Estuary

Presenter: Kaitlin Gannon, The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) is one of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation’s estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship. In this presentation, we will discuss the variety of terrestrial, wetland and aquatic habitats within the Reserve as well as current research, education, and stewardship efforts.


Kaitlin earned a B.S. in General Biology and Life Sciences from the University of Findlay in 2009. Her career in marine science education started by working as a whale and dolphin naturalist in southern New Jersey. She then moved on to conducting outreach programming and on-board educational sea excursions for students at The Wetlands Institute from 2010-2016. Now, Kaitlin is the Education Coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ. There, Kaitlin conducts and coordinates education and outreach efforts for community members, students, and formal and informal educators. Kaitlin also assists with education efforts on research grants and manages part time education staff at the Reserve. Kaitlin is a board member of the New Jersey Marine Educators Association, Co- chair on the Barnegat Bay Partnership’s Communication and Education Committee (CEC) and workgroup chair for the NERRS Conservation Action Education workgroup, which focuses on developing programs that foster sustainable behaviors and collective community action.

NOTE: Members & Friends should contact Emily at, Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 4:00pm for the free admission promo code BEFORE the Saturday presentation. Staff is not immediately available to help troubleshoot technical issues on Saturday mornings. If you experience issues please email us and we can send you the recorded presentation link to view later.

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