Erin Cover

Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2018


John D. MacArthur Beach State Park recently implemented a Citizen Science Marine Debris Program (CSMDP) where participants can learn about marine debris through educational signage and then proceed to do a beach clean-up. The marine debris collected on the beach is weighed and sent to various organizations to aid in current marine debris research. The purpose of this study is to evaluation the effectiveness of the program as education and conservation tool. Through surveys, data was collected on participant enjoyment, knowledge gain, and potential positive behavior change. The results show that the program is in fact an effective education and conservation tool as participant enjoyment scores were high, knowledge gain scores were acceptable, and likely environmentally-conscious behavior change scores were extremely high.


Department: MES

MPS Track: MCO

Location: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

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