Greenlight Reinsurance made it possible for eleven Cayman Brac High School students and three teachers – Babbette Brown, Ramowtee Chattoor, and Devon Bowen – to take part in the CCMI Ecoweekend Field Study programme at the Little Cayman Research Centre this weekend.
Lilian Hayball-Clarke, UCCI Associate Professor in Natural Sciences, Lloyd Zappata, UCCI student, and Sharon Whitmore, Science teacher at John Gray High School, Grand Cayman volunteered to join the group to be resource staff for the programme.
Len Goldberg, CEO of Greenlight Re, said ‘Greenlight Re is proud to be a sponsor of all of CCMI’s education programs. Launching CCMI’s Eco-Weekend program is particularly exciting for us because we believe that all of the local children deserve to receive a hands-on experience that helps teach them the value of their surroundings. We’re looking forward to facilitating future visits to the Little Cayman Research Center by local students.’
The Eco-weekend focused on a Marine and Terrestrial Conservation theme. Students were required to answer the question’ How can individuals make a difference to the lives of endangered species?’ In four groups of three plus a staff member, students participated in structured field and classroom activities to enable them to research and make a short presentation on the last afternoon about endangered Turtles, Groupers, Iguanas and Booby birds.
CCMI resource-staff Sharon Whitmore and Lilian Hayball-Clarke gave introductory lectures on Groupers and Turtles, and arranged a hike along the Little Cayman Nature Trail. Students were given a tour and a talk at the National Trust for the Cayman Islands Little Cayman Centre. A visit was made to the Booby Pond Sanctuary. Iguanas at Mahogany Bay were photographed and fed local papaya fruits, and a beach-clean up and BBQ took place at Point of Sand. We are grateful for the sponsorship of the Little Cayman Beach Resort and the Village Square Grocery store who provided food for a fun BBQ after the beach clean-up.
The Brac students worked hard to prepare for their final Sunday presentations, and lively discussion took place based on the topic of endangered species.
The Central Caribbean Marine Institute was incorporated in 1998 as a non-profit 501c3 organization. CCMI was established as an international charitable organization after becoming incorporated in the Cayman Islands (2002) and in the UK in 2004.
Since its first years, CCMI has proven a valuable asset to the effort of understanding changing coral reef and tropical marine environments, and its research and education programs have established a solid foundation for future reef education and awareness in the Caribbean and for students and researchers from around the world.
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