Pine Jog and HBOI Planning Charrette

Thursday, May 05, 2016
Pine Jog/ HBOI Planning

In early April, Dr. Megan Davis, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) Interim Executive Director, and Mr. Ray Coleman, Executive Director, of Pine Jog EE Center were talking in the parking lot after presenting programming options to an out-of-state private school.  One of the main focus points of the presentation was the H2O to Go Summer Residential Research Program which Pine Jog and Harbor Branch worked collaboratively to launch in 2014.  Davis and Coleman quickly realized the opportunity for the two organizations to work more closely together to strengthen both the educational and research aspects of FAU’s commitment to the environment and natural world.  Not only was it obvious that HBOI and Pine Jog had to compliment strengths to lend to each other but it was very clear that this partnership could further support President Kelly’s Environmental Pillar identified in FAU’s newly implemented strategic plan.

This discussion prompted the scheduling of a Planning Charrette comprised of key personnel from both HBOI and Pine Jog.  This first planning session was hosted at Pine Jog on April 26th.  Eleven participants attended the event and the results have established a framework on which Pine Jog and HBOI will build programming designed to connect a pipeline of students to the key environmental work taking place at FAU.  Pine Jog’s experience in the environmental education arena will provide the perfect educational interface to Harbor Branch’s cutting-edge research and discovery.  Together HBOI and Pine Jog will work to engage the next generation of environmental leaders by introducing them to HBOI’s environmental research through engaging, highly academic, field learning experiences. 

Thank you Harbor Branch!  We are looking forward to working with each of you.