BIMI’s 2016 Summer Program, which provides daily educational and recreational programs at the Maritime Center during JuIy and August, will be staffed by three well-qualified individuals. Two, Valerie Preler and Mary-Kate Kane, come to BIMI via a collaboration with the Coastal and Marine Graduate Program at URI. The third, Margaret Doyle Schluter, comes viaAlbuquerque, New Mexico and a family tie to Block Island.
Valerie will be BIMI’s Head Intern with Mary-Kate and Margaret filling Interns roles. Valerie holds a BA in sociolog5z and is a masters degree candidate at URI. She is interested in coastal environments and the impact of human activity on marine venues.
Mary-Kate is also pursuing a master degree at URI and has a BA in environmental studies from Salve Regina in Newport. Mary-Kate studied environmental ethics at UC Cork, Ireland, and has apprenticed at Blazing Star Farm on Block Island and at a Heifer Project Farm in Rutland, Mass.
Margaret has a BS in Biology from San Diego State University and has worked as a research scientist on ecological projects at the University of New Mexico.
BIMI welcomes the 2016 Summer Staff and invites Block Island visitors and residents to learn about BIMI’s Summer Programs and schedule at BIMI’s website, www.bimaritime.org. Programs include: the Creature Feature and the touch tanks; harbor tours (call 401-284-8338 for reservations); geocaching and coastal scavenger hunts; story and art time; aqua art; Block Island seaweeds aka Garden of the Sea; how to be a fleld marine biologist;plankton tows to uncover the hidden marine world; knots, splices and bends (make your own sailor’s bracelet);flsh frenzy to learn about fish anatomy including dissecting a squid; DNA in the Great Salt Pond;how to be a gatherer of fish,lobsters, clams and oysters; and more.