The 2016-17 Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Student Scholars visited the Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island in late September.

The PSO Student Scholar program is intended to provide students with a deeper understanding of PSO’s purpose, breadth, and depth through supervised service experiences with PSO units and communities. Upon arrival, the students met with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Director Mark Risse and Associate Director for Marine Education Anne Lindsay about the research, education and outreach efforts by faculty and staff on the Georgia coast. Following the introductions, students accompanied marine educator and naturalist John “Crawfish” Crawford on a nature hike through the maritime forest on the Jay Wolf Nature Trail. The rest of the weekend at the coast included a behind-the-scenes tour of the UGA Aquarium with Marine Educator Mary Sweeney-Reeves, water quality sampling with Marine Educator Mare Timmons, and a tour of the Oyster Hatchery at the Shellfish Research Lab. Megha Kalia and Tracy Wong are two PSO student scholars assigned to UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.