Save the date: After School Programs!
Back to school means back to our weekly after school programs! If your child is between the ages of 3-16, they won't want to miss this.
Programs begin the week of September 24th.
We offer three programs:
Eco-Scouts (ages 6-11): Weekly on Mondays, 3:30-4:45pm
Island Investigators (ages 12-16): Weekly on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45pm
Sea Beans (ages 3-5): Weekly on Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm (Starting date Oct. 4th)
Sign up online or at our office in Marsh Harbour.
Science Fair - November 15th
Theme: Investigating and implementing ways to eliminate single-use plastics. More info on project criteria and deadlines. We are having fun planning the fair, and looking forward to seeing what the students come up with! Teachers, note that this year projects should include an action component (not just research).
Highlight: Kenyon Centre
This year makes 3 years since FRIENDS opened the Frank Kenyon Centre for Research, Education, and Conservation. The Kenyon Centre is designed for the purpose of hosting groups doing research, education or service projects in Abaco at a low cost, while supporting FRIENDS' mission for conservation and sustainability. These groups include school groups (primary, high school and university), scientists offering field courses, and scientists doing long or short-term research in Abaco's environment. Affiliated with FRIENDS, the Kenyon Centre offers the option of education packages during your stay, such as presentations on and trips to the blue holes, mangroves and sandy beach ecosystems in Abaco.
You could be the next group to stay at our centre! Visit our website for booking and to learn more information. Interested in partnership, or have questions about organizing a trip to Abaco? Just contact us, and we'd be happy to help!
Kenyon Centre Vision:
Support the work of FRIENDS by facilitating scientific research and outreach, and promoting sustainable development in Abaco, Bahamas.
Abaco Marine Parks - check the boundaries
Thank you to our partners at the Bahamas National Trust for providing these updated maps showing the boundaries for some of Abaco's most popular marine parks. Please refer to these before you visit! These parks are all "no take" with the exception of Walker's Cay National Park, which is zoned for three different uses. Stay tuned for the 2019 Cruising Guide to Abaco by White Sound Press which will reflect these updates.
Walker's Cay National Park
Black Sound Cay National Reserve
Fowl Cays National Park
Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park
"Songs at Sunset" with Elizabeth at the Abaco Inn
Thank you to Elizabeth Covington for volunteering her time and talent to entertain a crowd at the Abaco Inn for Songs at Sunset on August 3rd! It was a beautiful evening for an outdoor event, and we are grateful to the Abaco Inn for hosting us. Thank you also to our surprise performer, "Ryan Holt" for singing a few songs and helping with the sound equipment. We appreciate everyone who came out to join us and supported our education programs through donations and merchandise purchases.
Thanks to sponsorship from the BEP Foundation, FRIENDS has been able to undertake an outreach project to help raise awareness about the importance of corals. Project activities will include building coral nurseries with high school students, and the filming and release of a video about coral restoration and conservation efforts in Abaco (stay tuned for release in Spring 2019).