THE WOODLANDS, TX – What is a nurdle? The Woodlands Children’s Museum was intrigued by a recent Girl Scout project and invited members to the museum to share their discovery.
On Saturday, September 25, 2021, Girl Scout Troop # 109004 visited the museum and provided information on nurdles, small plastic pellets that are melted in factories to create plastic products. These tiny multicolored pellets the size of a pee spill from trucks and transport ships and dump into the sea by the thousands, polluting the water and washing up on beaches. They can also resemble food for marine animals and become harmful to marine life.
To raise awareness about nurdle pollution in the ocean, cast members Ava Lin, Deeksha Lankala, and Naomi Dowling collected nurdles on three trips to Sylvan Beach in La Porte, TX. They then created a collaborative art project with the nurdles titled Message from the octopus and presented it to the Woodlands Children’s Museum for display. The painting shows an octopus holding a plastic bottle and includes many nurdles collected at Sylvan Beach.
“A profound statement put forward by these young women whose awareness of protecting the environment shows that you are never too young to help do your part in the world,” said Angela Colton, Executive Director of the Woodlands Children’s Museum .
The troop members also shared information about The Nurdle Patrol, a citizen science project led by the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve at the University of Texas Institute of Marine Sciences. Thanks to the work of volunteers, who collect, locate, identify and record the amount of nurdles in our environment, the Nurdle Patrol was able to map the coasts and identify the areas most saturated with unwanted plastic granules.
The danger of nurdles is not only a threat to sea animals and birds, but also to our water supply. Nurdles have been found to absorb harmful bacteria and chemicals that contaminate water.
The work of Girl Scout Message from the octopus will be on display at the museum with information about the nurdles and the Nurdle Patrol. Additional information is also available at NurdlePatrol.org.
Museum guests can participate in a special hands-on program on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm titled “Nifty Nature-Nurdle Alert” to find out what nurdles are and how they affect our environment.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, was founded to meet the community’s demonstrated need for a positive environment where children and their families can learn, play and create memories. specials throughout the year. At the museum, fun and learning go hand in hand, whether children create art, sing along with a musical performance, or conduct a science experiment. The museum has also made it a priority to provide children with multi-ethnic and multicultural experiences that celebrate cultural and global differences and strengthen common bonds. Programs are often offered in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, always with the goal of making a positive difference in a child’s life. Learn more about woodlandschildrensmuseum.org.