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Accomplishments to Date


February 29th, 2020 - Volunteer Event at Gulfstream Park with Sea Turtle Adventures (Hands-on)

IRC had the privilege of working with Sea Turtle Adventure's iCare Nature Club and students from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School at Gulfstream Park! Participants got to enjoy a beautiful morning on the beach while helping us restore native coastal biodiversity and doing a beach clean up. Specifically, volunteers helped us plant False-sisal (Agave decipiens), Beach ragweed (Ambrosia hispida), Inkberry (Scaevola plumieri), Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), Bay-cedar (Suriana maritima), and Sea-lavender (Tournefortia gnaphalodes). Link to photos.


February 8th, 2020 - 21st Annual Everglades Day Festival (Outreach)

IRC's Cara Abbott and Samantha Gabriel held an exhibitor booth at the 21st Annual Everglades Day Festival in Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. They shared with visitors about our Restoring the Gold Coast Program, Pine Rockland Initiative Program, and Natives for Your Neighborhood.


February 4th, 2020 – Talk at Delray Beach Non-Profit Luncheon (Lecture)

IRC's George Gann spoke at Delray Beach Chamber's Nonprofit Luncheon on The Institute for Regional Conservation: Conservation in a Changing World. George talked about IRC's history, current projects like Restoring the Gold Coast and urged attendees to personally get involved with restoring biodiversity.


January 28th, 2020 – Field Trip to Delray Municipal Beach (Hands-on)

IRC took students from Atlantic Community High School on a coastal restoration field trip to Delray Beach! Students learned about restoring coastal biodiversity first hand by helping IRC add 25 Saw palmetto, 2 Myrsine, 2 Florida privet and 1 Spanish stopper into the dunes. Students also worked hard to remove asparagus fern and picked up trash off of the beach. This event was co-sponsored by New York Life Foundation. Link to photos.


January 18th, 2020 – Volunteer Event at Atlantic Dunes Park (Hands-on)

We worked with volunteers plant native species including: 26 Serenoa repens (saw palmetto), 3 Flaveria linearis (narrowleaf yellowtop), 2 Tournefortia gnaphalodes (sea-lavender), 1 Dodonaea viscosa var. viscosa (varnishleaf) and 1 Chamaecrista fasciculata (partridge pea); removing invasive species like Scaevola taccada (beach naupaka), Schinus terebinthifolius (Brazilian-pepper), Asystasia gangetica (Chinese-violet), and Sansevieria hyacinthoides (Bowstring-hemp); and picking up 16.73 kg of trash and microplastics and 11.81 kg of recyclables off of the beach. This event was sponsored by Erin Deady Law. Link to photos.

January 16th, 2020 - Talk at the Delray Beach Green Implementation Board (Lecture)

George Gann presented at the Delray Beach Green Implementation Board on Restoring the Gold Coast: Biodiversity, Healthy Dunes and Community Engagement in Southern Palm Beach County. The talk was followed by a great discussion period from the Board Members, City staff and the public.

January 14th, 2020 – Talk at Milagro Center (Lecture)

IRC's Education & Outreach Coordinator, Cara Abbott, presented at The Milagro Center in Delray Beach as part of our Restoring the Gold Coast Program. Cara spoke with 10 middle/high school students about coastal conservation efforts happening in their area and discussed ways they could each get involved with the program.

December 10th, 2019 – Humana Senior Group Delray Beach (Lecture)

IRC's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cara Abbott, spoke with seniors at the Humana Neighborhood Center in Delray Beach about the history of Florida's coastal habitat and the work being done through IRC's Restoring the Gold Coast Program.


November 16th, 2019 – Workshop at Ocean Ridge Town Hall (Workshop)

IRC held a workshop on Restoring the Gold Coast in Ocean Ridge at the Ocean Ridge Town Hall. Residents who attended the workshop listened to a presentation from IRC's Chief Conservation Strategist, George Gann, participated in an open forum, and helped plant several native species along the town of Ocean Ridge's easement south of Oceanfront Park. Link to photos.


November 12th, 2019 – Field Trip to South Delray Municipal Beach (Hands-On)

IRC had the pleasure of taking Earth Science students from Atlantic Community High School on a coastal restoration field trip in Delray Beach! Students learned about restoring coastal biodiversity first hand by helping IRC add native plants to the coastal strand, removing invasive species and picking up trash. Link to photos.

November 7th, 2019 – Lecture at Atlantic Community High (Lecture)

IRC’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cara Abbott, spoke to 150 Earth Science students at Atlantic Community High School about the history and management of coastal habitat, the importance of biodiversity, and how to become an advocate for Florida's coastline.


October 20th, 2019 – ML61 Legacy Project in Delray Beach (Hands-On)

IRC had the pleasure of working with ML61 in Delray Beach. For part of their legacy project, they raised funds to plant a variety of coastal plants including Saw palmettos, Spanish stoppers and blood leaf. They also picked up trash along the beach and in the dunes. Link to photos.


October 19th, 2019 – Restoring the Gold Coast Kick-Off Event in Delray Beach (Hands-On)

With about 40 volunteers, we planted over a dozen different native species within the dunes including the state listed sea lavender and silver palm at our Restoring the Gold Coast Kick-Off Event. Volunteers also removed Sprenger's asparagus-fern, Wild balsam apple, and St. Augustine grass which are invasive species. Other participants picked up 9.02 kgs of trash and 7.07 kgs of recycling off of the beach and dunes. Link to photos.

October 14th, 2019 – Ocean Ridge Garden Club Monthly Meeting (Lecture)

IRC's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cara Abbott, was a guest speaker at the Ocean Ridge Garden Club's monthly meeting. Cara spoke with club members about IRC's Restoring the Gold Coast program and how members could get involved in Ocean Ridge.


October 3rd, 2019 – Lecture at Science National Honor Society at Atlantic Community High (Lecture)

IRC's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cara Abbott, was the guest speaker for Atlantic Community High School's Science National Honor Society’s October Meeting. Students learned about the Restoring the Gold Coast program and how they can get involved with restoring native coastal habitat in Delray Beach! Link to photos.



September 24th, 2019 – Field Trip to South Inlet Park (Hands-On)

IRC led Dr. Rachel Wellman's AICE Environmental Management class from Boca Community High on a field trip to South In Park. These Boca Community High School students got hands-on experience restoring coastal biodiversity by planting a fun variety of natives in the maritime hammock. They also picked up trash off the beach and brainstormed solutions to current issues coastal habitats face. Link to photos.



September 21st, 2019 – The International Coastal Clean-Up at Atlantic Dunes Park (Hands-On)

IRC worked with nearly 100 volunteers at the International Coastal Clean-Up event at Atlantic Dunes Park, despite the wind and rain. Participants helped us increase coastal biodiversity by planting native Saw palmetto and Spanish stopper and removing invasive Bowstring hemp (Snake plant), Brazilian pepper, and Beach naupaka. These volunteers also helped remove 64.98 kg of trash (which was mostly comprised of microplastics) and 27.75 kg of recyclables off the beach. Link to photos.


September 17th, 2019 – Lecture at Boca Community High (Lecture)

IRC’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cara Abbott, talked with the students of Dr. Rachel Wellman's AICE Environmental Management class at Boca Raton High School about the history and management of coastal habitat, the importance of biodiversity, and how to become an advocate for Florida's coastline. Link to photos.