About this cause
The Marine Biological Association is a registered charity and learned society with a scientific laboratory that undertakes research in marine biology. The MBA runs a programme of 'Beach Ranger' activities which are family-friendly summer shore events around Plymouth Sound to engage local communities to enjoy their local ‘blue space’. These take place at locations within walking distance of many neighbourhoods around Plymouth the Beach Ranger team help families with young children discover and reconnect with their local ‘blue spaces’ through activities such as; beach cleans, marine themed arts and crafts, sustainable fishing, snorkel taster sessions and rock pooling. These activities promote health and well being through promoting the benefits of contact with the natural environment.
How this cause brings people in the community together
Plymouth has a number of neighbourhoods among the most deprived in the country. Many of these neighbourhoods are situated in close proximity to the sea but people have not necessarily connected with the ocean’s ability to inspire, educate and provide endless hours of fun. Young people will be trained as Beach Rangers to deliver activities bringing communities into contact with the local marine environment fostering health and well-being. A series of weekly summer events at local locations around Plymouth sound led by Beach Rangers Weekly activities include beach cleans, marine themed arts and crafts, sustainable fishing, snorkel taster sessions and rock pooling. Families with young children and young people from deprived areas. Activities will be led by young marine biologists.