Charlene Mauro

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

Science station says farewell to Taylor

Science station says farewell to Taylor

After two years of inspiring young minds, marine biology teacher Sara Taylor will be setting sail away from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Taylor told the Navarre Press last week that she and her husband Andrew plan to return to Birmingham, Alabama, ahead of next school year.   Read the full article in the […]

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

For five days, 20 high school students of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station dived reefs, snorkeled and learned from field experts on issues of marine biology and conservancy in Key Largo as part of an annual field trip. Station Director Charlene Mauro said the students begin learning to dive in August, then spend the […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Marine center expands classes for winter visitors

Marine center expands classes for winter visitors

As hundreds of seniors, known as snowbirds, descended on local beaches this month for the winter season, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is tailoring its programs to share science and conservation lessons with them. Director Charlene Mauro typically teaches classes of dual-enrolled high schoolers this material.                 […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

More than playing with bones, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station made another first last week as fifth graders visiting the station got hands on with a real-life manatee skeleton. The activity is led by high school dual enrollment students, and station Director Charlene Mauro said the activity is the first time fifth graders have […]

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Navarre Beach residents are no stranger to the corrosive nature of beach air. From the local fire department to residents with yard ornaments, every exposed item on the beach must withstand the salty air.           Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Students to bring Arctic research to Navarre classroom

Students to bring Arctic research to Navarre classroom

Cutting their way through the ice of the Arctic Circle aboard the research vessel Akademik Ioffe, a team of natural and social scientists, students and a professional film crew will be conducting groundbreaking research into the changing nature of the top of the world. And Navarre High School seniors Aden Burkhardt and Judah Orth are […]

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

While District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson held an invitation-only meet and greet with supporters at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill early Monday morning, residents of Navarre stood outside in the rain waving signs calling for the incumbent to be ousted from office. Williamson is seeking re-election to the commission seat representing the Navarre area against […]

Discovery Center concept revealed

Discovery Center concept revealed

Extensive outdoor learning spaces, examples of pristine habitats, interactive marine exhibits and a two-story learning center were among the details outlined in preliminary ideas for Navarre Beach’s future Discovery Center. The visualization, along with a detailed history of similar projects, secured Caldwell Associates Architects the contract for designing the future of the Navarre Beach Marine […]

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Director Charlene Mauro was named the 2018 SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator this month. The award is given to recognize the efforts of teachers across the country to promote local environmental education and preservation. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Shifting sands hinder reef webcam repair

Shifting sands hinder reef webcam repair

Lightning, shifting sand and rough surf have left the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station’s live-feed reef camera offline since December. Getting the unique, self-cleaning camera deployed in December 2016 came with some difficulty due to rough surf, but once it was in place the video revealed an up-close look at marine wildlife such as sea […]

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

Snowbirds keep tourism humming despite chill

While freezing temperatures have largely driven off the usual tourists, Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said she expects to see great bed tax returns for the winter months. That is thanks to the annual influx of snowbirds, wintertime tourists who are typically in their senior years. Morgan said most of them hail […]

Science station debuts new learning tool

Science station debuts new learning tool

When busloads of Holley Navarre Primary School students arrived at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) on Thursday, they were greeted by one massive new friend. Diana the humpback whale made her debut. Diana is a life-size inflatable model that the science station will be using to teach lessons about marine mammals. Composed of […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

New teacher dives in at science station

New teacher dives in at science station

As schools across Santa Rosa County begin planning their field trips to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS), a new teacher has jumped on board to help connect these children to the marine world. Biology teacher Sara Taylor has always loved the ocean, even if she has not always been near it she said. […]

Thousands of sea hares invade reef

Thousands of sea hares invade reef

The invasion slithered along the depths, antenna-like appendages quivering as they sought their prey. Their squishy, frilled and speckled bodies could be seen hunting by the thousands along the sandy bottom of Navarre Beach’s near shore snorkel reefs. This is no alien invasion, but it is certainly unusual, said Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) […]

Reef camera out of commission

Reef camera out of commission

For those that enjoy checking in on the world below the surface on Navarre Beach via the Navarre Beach Science Station’s (NBMSS) underwater reef camera, the last few days may have been disappointing. The camera has been off line. In fact, it’s not even under the water. It’s been shipped off for repair. This self-cleaning […]

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Kids plunge into learning at science station camp

Despite patches of rainy weather, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station launched the first of this year’s summer camps last week. Dolphin Discovery had children entering third through eighth grade learning and playing along Navarre Beach June 12 through 16. The children participated in a variety of activities that familiarized them with the species that […]

Autism OdysSea brings fun, support for autism

Autism OdysSea brings fun, support for autism

Hundreds of children on the autism spectrum, their families, volunteers and community members flooded the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Saturday for the fifth annual Autism OdysSea, resulting in record turnout. This annual event brings together a community need with the science station’s mission of educating the public on the marine environment and promoting conservation […]

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Local graduate pursues conservation at Key West Aquarium

Often there is a moment in life that a person can point to when they discover their passion. There is that one experience or piece of advice that launches a lifelong pursuit. For Key West Aquarium aquarist and college student Laura Canella, that moment came on a student field trip to the Florida Keys with […]

Students from Navarre scuba dive in the Florida Keys

Students from Navarre scuba dive in the Florida Keys

Nighttime scuba diving, researching the growth of coral reefs and exploring an aquarium behind the scenes were some of the highlights of this month’s annual trip to the Florida Keys by students from the Navarre Beach Science Station. Science station director Charlene Mauro said the students gained real-world knowledge of the lessons they learned in […]

Autism OdysSea celebrates fifth anniversary

Autism OdysSea celebrates fifth anniversary

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is preparing to host its fifth annual Autism OdysSea. The event brings families with children who have autism spectrum disorders to Navarre Beach for a day of learning and fun focused on marine life. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Homeschoolers dive into science at beach event

Homeschoolers dive into science at beach event

More than 100 homeschool children dipped their toes into science Friday at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Snowbirds go bird spotting

Snowbirds go bird spotting

While the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station usually focuses on educating young minds about marine ecosystems and studies, the station took on a much older crowd of students Feb. 8 during their snowbirds bird watching event. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

ReefCam awaiting final pieces

ReefCam awaiting final pieces

Installation of an underwater live-streaming camera on Navarre Beach’s reefs has been stalled for at least another month. Previously set installation times were given for Nov. 1-4, but the need for additional equipment has stalled the project yet again. Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) Director Charlene Mauro said the holdup is due to a […]

Spooky science teaches children conservation

Spooky science teaches children conservation

Creepy goo, slimy dissections and mysterious organisms; this year’s Science Spooktacular got children of all ages hands on with dozens of labs and activities focused on teaching science and conservation Friday and Saturday at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS). The event featured dozens of Halloween themed booths focused on exposing children to science […]

Homeschoolers get hands on at science festival

Homeschoolers get hands on at science festival

Hundreds of homeschoolers throughout the Southeast gathered at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) Friday, Oct. 14 to touch and explore at the Homeschool Ocean Science Mini Festival. The festival featured a variety of learning experiences scattered throughout the station as well as the coast of the Santa Rosa Sound. Visitors hailed from local […]

Science station receives IMPACT grant

Science station receives IMPACT grant

The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station received $108,200 in grant money Sunday, Oct. 16, from IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area’s 2016 grants. The grant will go toward the Coastal Conservation Corp’s purchase and outfitting of the 24-foot traveling display called the Discovery Depot. Station Director Charlene Mauro said the Discovery Depot could be driven to […]