Utilizing a unique specialty in deep and technical research diving, the Cambrian Foundation collects data for environmental scientists, marine geologists and biologists, archaeologists, and historians, as well as local, state, and federal agencies in many corners of the world including deep offshore environments, shipwrecks, and submerged caves.
Interested in learning more about the underwater world? We offer presentations to classrooms and community groups, field workshops, internships, and expedition participation. Our unparalleled approach to hands-on education provides people of all ages with many different ways to become involved.
- 7-10 March 2013 - Boston Sea Rovers, Boston MA
- 23 March 2013 - Lyonia Environmental Center, Deltona FL
- 13 April 2013 - Lake Virginia Cleanup, Winter Park FL
- 20 April 2013 - Lake Baldwin Cleanup, Winter Park FL
- 21 April 2013 - Earth Day Celebration, Winter Park FL
While recently attending a water conservation summit in north Florida, the importance of educational outreach was emphasized over and over as THE successful way to safeguard our springs, surface waters, and groundwater supply in our home state. We often hear a lot of negative news about Florida’s water resources, but it was particularly inspiring to hear that even though the city’s population has been growing significantly, the City of Gainesville uses less water now than they did 15 years ago thanks in large part to a combination of an aggressive educational campaign combined with improved technological retrofits that make water conservation more effective for both residential and commercial customers. Hopefully this trend will continue and catch on in other metropolitan and agricultural areas. We at the Cambrian Foundation have always made water education a top priority, and we are thankful that we can extend our programs to more audiences and promote our mission statement in many more communities thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation! We are excited about this opportunity and are grateful for the support!
In February, we met our newest intern for the summer semester. Emory Thomason, a biology major and outdoor education minor from Hampton, Virginia, will be joining us to learn about scientific diving and our unique educational outreach programs. Emory is a senior at Longwood University and is an avid diver. We look forward to welcoming him in May! Emory joins a long line of students (36!) who have completed internships – some for academic college credit - with us, and we are excited to have him on board!
March and April are always our busy times of the year when it comes to presentations, speaking engagements, and Earth Day celebrations! We will travel to Boston this week to attend the annual meeting of the Boston Sea Rovers! Our presentations there will include a session at the COMS (Career Opportunities in Marine Sciences) Symposium, as well as a special cave diving simulation for kids attending the Clinic’s regular sessions and welcoming the 2013 Frank Scalli Boston Sea Rovers Intern. Shortly after that wraps up, we will be speaking at the Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona, FL, about the history of the Cambrian Foundation and what impact we have had on efforts to understand regional water issues here in central Florida. In April, we have a number of Earth Day events planned including everything from festival attendance to school presentations to lake cleanups!
Our divers have been busy tuning up, and we are in the throes of renewing research grants and permits for the continued study of cave bacteria. Initial publications are in progress, and we are anxiously awaiting those results! In addition, we have several underwater cleanup events being planned! Look for these and other details of upcoming events on our calendar or on our Facebook page!
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the recent passing of a dear colleague and close personal friend. Dennis Balczeniak had participated in several Andrea Doria and USS Monitor expeditions and was a faithful supporter of the Cambrian Foundation for many years. Dennis was employed by the airline industry and was an avid technical and cave diver. His legacy and passion for the underwater world will live on through the generous gift he bequeathed to the Foundation. Godspeed Dennis…we miss you…
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updated March 4, 2013