This summer, kids and counselors at SeaWorld Orlando’s Resident Camps helped preserve a fragile ecosystem in the Indian River Lagoon.
Partnering with The Nature Conservancy and The Brevard Zoo, campers created a total of 1,100 oyster mats during the summer session. The oyster mats were delivered weekly into Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, a habitat that has been critically altered by over fishing and boating for several years. By drilling holes in oyster shells, and vertically zip-tying a number of them to keep them on the mats, and then binding them together, this creates a large quilt on the lagoon’s floor. As an essential part of the ecosystem, oysters provide food and shelter to other organisms, as well as prevent erosion.
“It’s a wonderful project,” says Jim Guerrina, resident camp supervisor, “and we are very excited that every camper had the opportunity to take some concrete steps in caring for and protecting the environment. That is, of course, one of the main goals of our SeaWorld camps.”
For more than 40 years, SeaWorld’s passion has been the conservation of wildlife and the places in which they inhabit. While camp ended on Aug. 10, this summer’s attendees will forever possess a priceless memento: knowing they’ve made a difference in our local environment.
How did you spend your summer helping the environment? Let us know by posting on our Facebook page. Even the smallest effort makes a big difference. Remember, you have to start somewhere.