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My Marine Park Video Contest

by Christine@TheAums on June 18, 2014 · 7 comments

Natural Bridges SB

You know how I love a good contest, right? Once you win a car, there’s simply no turning back. The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation recently held a video contest for folks who love their Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), or in other words, the beach! Is there any other reason to live in Santa Cruz? Yes, there are tons, but the beach is numero uno for our family, so we entered. In answer to the question “How do you enjoy your marine park?” my husband and kids made this video featuring one of our favorites, Natural Bridges State Beach. Not only did they win second place, they created something that will help educate and increase awareness of California’s statewide network of MPAs. Good job, Aumies!

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