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Partnerships pay off in times of need. With the partial government shutdown affecting Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Dry Tortugas National Park, state and nonprofit organizations stepped in to shepherd a group of college students during a long-planned trip to the Florida Keys. Eleven students from Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, had expected to spend their alternative winter break assisting with programs and projects in the Lower Florida Keys and an overnight stay at Fort Jefferson. The lapse in federal appropriations for the departments of Commerce and Interior shifted their activities, but not the learning opportunities.

Coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, students were able to work along scientists and staff with Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Boy Scouts, Florida International University and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and FIU taught students about the value of Florida Keys natural resources and, with FWC, led a debris cleanup on conservation land on Sugarloaf Key.

Video made by student Amy Hyman. January 16, 2019.


Partnerships pay off in times of need. With the partial government shutdown affecting Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Dry Tortugas National Park, state and nonprofit organizations stepped in to shepherd a group of college students during a long-planned trip to the Florida Keys. Eleven students from Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, had expected to spend their alternative winter break assisting with programs and projects in the Lower Florida Keys and an overnight stay at Fort Jefferson. The lapse in federal appropriations for the departments of Commerce and Interior shifted their activities, but not the learning opportunities.

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Harford students were featured in an article by the Free Press, a weekly publication associated with the Key West Citizen, for their efforts towards wildlife conservation. 

Shutdown Impacts Sanctuary Plan, Students Visit - HCC students were featured in a Key West newspaper for their efforts in wildlife conservation.

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