Nantucket Sound Barrier Dune Restoration Project.  Education Coordinator, Nadia Bricault.  Image provided by Odessa Bricault, Safe Harbor. 

Nantucket Sound Barrier Dune Restoration Project. Education Coordinator, Nadia Bricault. Image provided by Odessa Bricault, Safe Harbor. 

All of our educational programs are self funded, reflecting our core values.  Safe Harbor supports environmental education with this Web Site and our Environmental Education E-Newsletter OCEAN. Each year we present up to 20 seminars in schools, colleges and communities. We also create up to 12 environmental education publications. The innovative techniques and strategies we develop are made Public Domain. 

You can support our environmental education goals by visiting this page, sharing links to our materials or making a supportive contribution: Safe Harbor, Post Office Box 880, Wellfleet, MA 02667, with the word "EDUCATION" on the memo line. We appreciate your support, Gordon Peabody

"Making Land from Air": Innovative Biomimicry Sand Collection System

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 02:00:00 PM EDT - 03:00:00 PM EDT

A special thank you to NOAA and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, DC for the invitation to make this presentation. The presentation can also be downloaded from our PUBLICATIONS PAGE

Safe Harbor Director, Gordon Peabody holding cedar shim.

Safe Harbor Director, Gordon Peabody holding cedar shim.

Biomimicry is an innovative coastal restoration system. We have models showing this system in use in dune, barrier dune, beach and coastal bank habitats. Using a random matrix of 14-inch cedar shims to collect sand during storm winds, this system mimics the performance of native vegetation. Biomimicry can be useful in eroding areas unsuitable for immediate planting. As sand collects, the shims can be adjusted to control the dimensions of the restoration area. The system is most successful where there is eroding sand in motion. A barrier dune was restored 24 vertical feet, with an approximate cross section of 700 sq ft, during two storm seasons. Biomimicry also controls erosion by stabilizing bare areas and it has been documented collecting sand from wave over wash.

Presented by:
Gordon Peabody
Founder and Director, Safe Harbor Environmental


Safe Harbor works on a national level with existing educational institutions. Some of our Seminars have been shared with University of Wisconsin, Cape Cod Community College, Boston College of Law, Open University Wellfleet, and local High Schools. 

A Presentation Request form is located at the bottom of this page.


Safe Harbor Director, Gordon Peabody  (on right)

Safe Harbor Director, Gordon Peabody (on right)

Sustainability and Environmental Land Management:

The UW-River Falls Visiting Professor Committee invites nominations for the Visiting Professor Program each year.  The program is funded by the UWRF Foundation.   Any academic departments or programs may nominate a person with outstanding credentials.  The nominee’s visit and presentations should appeal to a reasonable cross section of the university community. Joy and Gordon Peabody, director of Safe Harbor Environmental were nominated by an education professor eager to integrate sustainability into curriculum.  The nomination was supported by several colleges and  by the ST. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development.  Working towards sustainability has been a key goal of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Campus and many faculty members are eager to hear the perspectives of Gordon Peabody and Joy Cuming who have worked on projects in the fragile Cape Cod environment.

The visiting professor is typically asked to spend several days on campus and to engage in a number of activities

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Wisconsin04-09 001 (Medium)

Informal visits with students, faculty and community members (Joy and Gordon are sitting on a panel for the Rotary Club focus on sustainability and doing an elementary class workshop)

I sent 2 groups of Graduate students out shopping for some basic groceries. One group focused on minimal packaging and the second group "shopped as normal". We discovered that in a community of 10,000 people, we could save a pound of waste per person per week…five tons, by shopping more carefully.  Then we would have to find another use for the money no longer needed  to process that extra quarter million tons of municipal trash per year 

University of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin


Safe Harbor provides educational seminars to municipal and independent volunteer groups including Conservation Commissions and Independent residents.

Presentation to Martha's Vineyard Conservation Commissions on Innovative Compliance Strategies for Vista Conflicts. As part of Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions 'MACC' "Rent an Expert Program".


Safe Harbor has a free environmental e-newsletter.


Safe Harbor offers free classroom, municipal, and group presentations within the Cape Cod area as well as free international webinar presentations in English (translation subtitles by request).


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