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‘Famous Storms’ program June 13

(June 11, 2015) Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the Friends Group of Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), will host the popular “Famous Storms of Assateague” program at Assateague Island Environmental Education Center on Saturday June 13.
Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. prior to the program which begins at 10 a.m.  Discover how Mother Nature shaped the fate of Assateague Island National Seashore; eliminated plans for development and led to the creation of the National Park we know today.  
Presenter Christopher Seymour, retired National Park Service ranger who spent 20 of his 33 years as a naturalist/park interpreter at Assateague, will revisit three major storms of the last century and their impacts on the island:  1) The August 1933 storm that wiped out seven blocks of the southern part of Ocean City, created the inlet, and resulted in the jetty system that has been starving Assateague of sand for more than 80 years; 2) The Ash Wednesday storm of 1962 that destroyed most (but not all) of the developer’s houses on Assateague Island; and 3) the 1992 Nor’easter, the effects of which caused the park to close for three months.
This program is presented by the Friends Group in conjunction with the yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of Assateague Island National Seashore which was created in 1965.    
Due to the popularity of this series, this event will be held in a larger venue at the Assateague Island Environmental Education Center (old visitor center) located at 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, Md. 21811. Overflow parking will be available next door at the new Assateague Island Visitor Center.
Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), a 501(c)3 organization, is a Friends Group to benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. AIA financially supports educational, interpretive, scientific and recreational programs. All funds raised by AIA are for the direct benefit of Assateague Island National Seashore.  Donations are tax-deductible.  
For more information, call 443-614-3547 or email