PBCB Wows at the “Celebrate Our Waters” Festival–and Inspires a Local Writer!

Orleans Pond Coalition held its annual “Celebrate Our Waters” festival on September 15-17, and PBCB played a starring role. During this weekend of free events and activities focused on the beauty of our waters, we were delighted to provide free sailing to 60 festival participants, many of whom had never sailed, been on Pleasant Bay, nor visited our campus. We all had a blast!
Among those sailing with us was a journalist who set out for her very first sail, accompanied by PBCB volunteer Steve Najarian. She describes her adventure in this

Cape Cod Chronicle article you can read by clicking here.

Cape Cod Chronicle Highlights Floating Classroom Collaboration with FOPB, CCS, and PBCB

The Friends of Pleasant Bay’s (FOPB) Floating Classroom project was recently featured in the Cape Cod Chronicle. Using an electric-powered 35-foot pontoon boat to teach marine and environmental education to local children, this project is a unique collaboration among FOPB, PBCB and the Center for Coastal Studies, whose professionals will help develop and teach marine and environmental education classes. The boat will be moored at PBCB. To read the full article, click here.

PBCB brings fun science to Brewster Conservation Day!

PBCB joined 45 other exhibitors  at Brewster Conservation Day on July 8, informing and delighting the 800 event visitors.  Representing PBCB, Executive Director Charlie Sumner, Science Program Director Sarah Griscom, and Board members Lyndy Rogers and Suzy McDowell lent a hand at the exhibit which focused on fresh and salt water salinity levels. As always PBCB made the science FUN!  Kids (and adults) learned how to use “refractometers” (which measure the density of a liquid) to see just how “salty” various water samples were. Salt makes water denser! The kids tested Pleasant Bay water, and it came in at nearly 30% – which helps to keep us afloat!

PBCB Stars in Edible Cape Cod

What do climate change, local food production on Cape Cod and … hmmm, PBCB have to do with one another? Local journalist Aline Lindeman connects the dots for you. In the Spring edition of Edible Cape Cod, the quarterly magazine that investigates and celebrates the local, organic food of Cape Cod, Lindeman explores the connections between the changes we’re already enduring from climate change and the land and sea-based food products produced here on the Cape. Along the way, she pauses to explore how the origins of Pleasant Bay Community Boating fits into this. Curious? To read the article, click here!

 

Cape Cod Chronicle: Film, Discussion Focuses On Plastic Pollution In The Oceans

CHATHAM – Just by walking along the shore, it’s clear how much plastic washes onto the beach from the ocean. Every year, the observation is confirmed by beach cleanups, which consistently collect more plastic than any other item.

It’s not just a local problem; it’s worldwide, as the makers of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” discovered.

“It’s ubiquitous, and it shouldn’t be,” said Jo Ruxton, the film’s producer and co-founder and director of education for Plastic Oceans Foundation, which was established to promote the film and its message.

Read the full story