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2019 Waccamaw Conference
Saturday, February 9, 2019
2019 Waccamaw Conference
“The Journey of Trash:
Pollution to Solution”
Saturday, February 9th 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Horry County Museum
805 Main Street Conway, South Carolina 29526
Winyah Rivers Foundation and its Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® program along with its partners, North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium, and Horry County Museum, invite you to our FREE & FAMILY FRIENDLY public education event to learn about the important connections between our coastal communities and the land, rivers, and ocean. The Waccamaw Conference is an opportunity to increase community involvement in the protection and appreciation of the rivers and coasts that we all depend on. This year’s theme is The Journey of Trash: Pollution to Solution, highlighting common sources and impacts of trash in waterways throughout the Winyah Bay Watershed and what you can do to help. Understanding the journey of trash from land-based sources all the way to the ocean helps communities better protect our local waterways to ensure fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for our future.
The 2019 Waccamaw Conference will feature presentations, interactive exhibits, and a student poster contest. Held at the Horry County Museum, the Conference also presents an opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits displaying the history of our watershed.
Our speaker this year is Dr. Stefanie Whitmire of the Clemson Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science. Dr. Whitmire will discuss her research on microplastics on the South Carolina coast in her talk. We will also be hosting “Let’s Get Trashy: Discussing the Journey of Trash with the Experts,” a panel discussion with local experts including Kelly Thorvalson, S.C. Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital; Ranger Mike Walker, Huntington Beach State Park; Michelle LaRocco, Georgetown County Environmental Services Division; Michael Hughes, Horry County Solid Waste Authority; and Bo Ives, Keep Horry County Beautiful.
Students (K – 12th grade and post-secondary) will be participating in a poster contest that will showcase the work of individuals or groups within the categories of science and art. Posters will be displayed during the conference and special time will be dedicated to allow attendees the opportunity to meet the poster presenters and ask questions.
Join us to celebrate the Waccamaw watershed and learn how you can protect our waters.
Student Poster & Art Contest Overview
About the Conference
The Waccamaw Conference is an annual educational conference for the public focused on the importance of our natural water resources and efforts to protect them. The 2019 conference is co-hosted by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation, North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium, and Horry County Museum.
This FREE community conference will take place on Saturday, February 9th 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Horry County Museum located at 805 Main Street Conway, SC 29526.
This year’s theme is “The Journey of Trash: Pollution to Solution” highlighting common sources and impacts of trash in our waterways throughout the Winyah Bay watershed, and what individuals can do to help. The conference will feature presentations, interactive exhibits and a student poster / art contest throughout the museum.
Student Poster Contest
Students (K - 12th grade and post-secondary) are invited to enter a poster or artwork that focuses on the impacts of litter in our local waterways (e.g., rivers, swamps, estuaries, ocean) and effective solutions on the individual and community level. Students may choose to enter something that has already been completed or develop a new poster/artwork for the conference. Examples: science class project, environmental stewardship initiative, artwork (e.g., painting, drawing, photography, poem), etc. Creativity is always welcome!
Posters & artwork will be displayed during the conference. While students are not required to attend the conference, all are invited! Special time will be dedicated to the displayed work to offer the conference attendees an opportunity to meet the authors (if they wish to stand next to their poster/artwork – optional) and ask questions.
IMPORANT: Individual poster/artwork submissions will be accepted for the chance to win a 1st place award in the following grade levels: elementary (K – 5th); Middle (6th – 8th); high (9th – 12th); and post-secondary (university, college, academy, institute). Group submissions will be entered into a single pool and evaluated across all age groups for the chance to win one award. Group size limited to 5 students max.
Winners and awards will be announced during the conference.
Topic must relate to the conference theme.
Size and orientation of poster/artwork may vary, but must not exceed 3 ft. x 3 ft.
Weight and material of the poster/artwork must be able to withstand being displayed on thin corkboard using pushpins (provided by conference hosts). If the artwork needs to be displayed on a table, notice must be given by the submission deadline (1/18/19).
How to Enter
Step 1: Email email@example.com the following information by January 18th 2019:
Teacher name and email
School and grade level
Individual or group entry (note: group size limited to 5 students)
Poster or artwork
Title of poster/artwork
Brief description – what is the poster/artwork about?
Note: Space is limited. Therefore, entries will be reviewed and accepted based on the following criteria: 1) Relevance to the conference theme; 2) Clear description; 3) Creativity. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email by January 21st.
Step 2: Create your poster or artwork
Step 3: Showcase your poster/artwork at the conference! Authors are not required to attend the conference, but all are invited! The coordinators will contact accepted entries with more details on delivering the poster/artwork either on or before the conference date.
Questions? Please contact:
Coastal Waccamaw Watershed Education Programs Coordinator
Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies
Coastal Carolina University
Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
USC Baruch Marine Field Laboratory