The St. Croix Environmental Association's mission is "To promote the conservation of environmental resources, provide education and advocate for environmentally responsible actions that benefit St. Croix."
To this end, SEA owns, manages and protects the unique habitats and natural resources of the Southgate Coastal Reserve (SCR), 100 acres of coastal salt pond, mangrove forest, beach forest, upland grassland and nearly a mile of beach front. The pond and surrounding wetlands provide habitat for many resident and migrant birds including several species classified as threatened or endangered. Three species of endangered or threatened sea turtles nest on the beach. SEA's environmental educators visit local schools presenting age-appropriate environmental learning modules, conduct Eco-Fairs, provide summer programs and network with many summer camps to reach over 2000 school children on St. Croix each year. They also regularly offer educational events for adults to enhance environmental awareness. Advocacy for the environment has been aimed at assuring a responsible and sustainable balance between appropriate economic development and sustainable development that protects the environment of St. Croix.
Voluntourism Opportunities with SEA
Biodiversity Blitz (Nov. 13, 2010) – A day-long bonanza of environmental exploration. SEA will attempt to identify and catalog every organism living in and around the Southgate Coastal Reserve. Volunteers are needed to man registration & education tables. 2 – 4 hours between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. SunDog House Volunteerism Discount for guests volunteering at SEA's Biodiversity Blitz: 7th Night Free.
World Wetlands Day (Feb. 2, 2011, recurring annually in Feb.) – Invasive plant removal from Southgate Coastal Reserve. Volunteers needed from 7:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m. to help cut down, dig up, or otherwise eradicate invasive plant species in the wetland to protect the native species. SunDog House Volunteerism Discount for guests volunteering for SEA's World Wetlands Day invasive species removal: High-Season rental at Low-Season rate.
Earth Day EcoFair (April 21-22, 2011, recurring annually in April) – Youth environmental education project at St. George Village Botanical Garden. Volunteers needed to help with registration and other administrative tasks 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. SunDog House Volunteerism Discount for guests assisting SEA's Earth Day EcoFair: High-Season rental at Low-Season rate.
World Ocean Day Beach Clean-up (June 8, 2011, recurring annually in June) – Volunteers needed to help clean up garbage and debris from in and around the wetlands and on the beach at Southgate Coastal Reserve from 8:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. SunDog House Volunteerism Discount for guests volunteering at SEA's World Ocean Day beach clean-up: 7th Night Free.
Year-round: We can offer discounts and arrange independent beach-cleaning or other projects for guests traveling at other times of the year that would like to assist the St. Croix Environmental Association in maintaining the beach and wetlands at Southgate Coastal Reserve. Contact SunDog House for details.