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EPA and Partners to Launch Gulf Awareness Patch Program for Girl Scouts in Mississippi

Release Date: 10/16/2014
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, 404-562-8293 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main),

ATLANTA – On Saturday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program Director Ben Scaggs will be at the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Gulf Coast Research Laboratory to launch the Gulf Awareness Patch program for Mississippi Girl Scouts. Scaggs will be joined by Christopher Snyder, the laboratory’s Marine Education Center Director, and Lissa Frank, Girl Program Director for the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi.

The program is expected to attract upwards of 100 Brownies (2nd and 3rd grade Girl Scouts). They will take part in five activities designed to educate participants on the importance of conserving the Gulf. Participants will learn various water quality testing methods and learn how to use a seine net to collect organisms in the surf zone. There will be a lesson on climate change and how everyone can make a difference. Participants will receive a Gulf Awareness Patch upon completion of the event.

Ben Scaggs, Director Gulf of Mexico Program;
Lissa Frank, Girl Program Director, Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi; and
Christopher Snyder, Director, Marine Education Center, USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Girl Scouts Gulf Awareness Patch Launch

Saturday, October 18, 2014
10 am – 3 pm (Check-in begins at 9:45 am)

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
University of Southern Mississippi
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Media who want to attend the tour and classroom visit should email
Reporters who plan to bring a camera should indicate that in their RSVP.

This event will be held rain or shine.

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