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MEEC Nova Southeastern University

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MEEC Nova Southeastern University

Having just opened in March 2017, the Carpenter House is a Marine Environmental Education Center unlike any other.  A historic home that is a combination of beach paradise and marine science, the Carpenter House is operated by Nova Southeastern University and provides an easily accessible and open learning environment to the public.  Its main resident is a teenager who can be found by the pool; her name is “Captain”, and she is a successfully rehabilitated green sea turtle who is regularly greeted by visitors and kept busy with enrichment activities throughout the day.  Her primary diet will be supplemented by the latest addition to the science center, the Aquagrove.  With the science center being focused on sustainability and education, the Aquagrove can be found on display by Captain’s home, growing leafy greens and harvesting tilapia.

Led by the Director, Dr. Derek Burkholder, the team at MEEC includes Amy Hupp (Program Coordinator & Caretaker) and Glenn Goodwin (Education Specialist), all of whom play an important role in maintaining the educational programs for the center and habitat for Captain.  Together, they will be working with the Aquagrove to maximize its use for growing vegetation for Captain’s nourishment, as well as provide vital information about the growth and optimal conditions for growing leafy greens, cucumbers and more.  In addition to meeting Captain at MEEC, visitors can participate in beach walks, interactive displays, and learn about conservation, dune ecology, turtle care and so much more.  Learn more by visiting www.nova.edu/meec.