This spring, I spent two weeks traveling the North Carolina coast — from the Virginia border south to Wilmington — with 20 graduate and undergraduate students from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The Value of Learning from the Field

This spring, I spent two weeks traveling the North Carolina coast — from the Virginia border south to Wilmington — with 20 graduate and undergraduate students from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

I was one of five co-instructors of the N.C. Coastal Issues and Experience, or NCCIE, class, where students learn about relevant coastal issues in North Carolina.

The convoy included a van, a trailer for camping gear, three kayak trailers, six SUVs, 25 kayaks and 25 people prepared to spend two weeks kayaking, camping in tents, and meeting with resource managers and coastal professionals while visiting over 20 national and state parks, and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina.

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Originally published July 6, 2017. Written by Sarah Spiegler.

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