science, education and dialogue


  • Study: Users welcome probabilistic forecasts

    Sun Feb 18th, 2018

    Nurture Nature Center, with partner East Carolina University, recently released the results of its most recent social science study, "Major Risks, Uncertain Outcomes: Making Ensemble Forecasts Work for Multiple Audiences." This study, which used focus groups and surveys to gather perspectives from residents, emergency managers and water resource managers in Maryland and West Virginia, aimed to understand how users interpret probabilistic forecast products from National Weather Service's Hydrologic Ensemble Forecasting System (HEFS). read more

  • Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Tue Jun 7th, 2016

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents to prepare for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs through November 30.  Learn more about how you can prepare for hurricane season:

  • Be Smart When It Storms

    Thu Oct 1st, 2015

    As part of its recent social science studies related to the public's use of National Weather Service flood forecast products, Nurture Nature Center has produced a series of new outreach and educational materials.  These flyers, cards and table-top banners, which will be used by NWS offices and NNC for outreach, provide ways for people to "Be Weather Alert" and to "Be Smart When It Storms."  The materials describe the sorts of impacts people can expect from severe storms and flooding, and also provide instruction on using flood forecasts and warnings to keep households safe.  The materials are available at NNC's social science research website,

  • 60th anniversary of Flood Diane event

    Tue Aug 18th, 2015

    On Wednesday, August 19, at 7 p.m., Bucks County author Mary Shafer will release the 60th anniversary edition of her book, Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955 at Nurture Nature Center.  Hear a presentation about the flood and her book, followed by a short Science on a Sphere show about hurricanes.  Mary will be signing and selling books.  Bring and share your flood stories with neighbors and enjoy conversation over light snacks.

  • NNC releases NWS flood studies

    Wed May 20th, 2015

    With support from two different grants from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Nurture Nature Center has released two studies detailing how public audiences use National Weather Service flood forecast and warning tools.  The first study looked at how New Jersey and Pennsylvania audiences in the Delaware River Basin use the suite of riverine flood forecast products issued by NWS.  The second studied how coastal New Jersey residents use NWS products, including particularly, emergency briefings.  Findings include recommendations for improvements to design and timing of products, and insights for how products can be better used to motivate appropriate public action.   The studies are available at

  • Seeking Coastal NJ Residents for Focus Groups

    Thu Sep 18th, 2014

    As part of its ongoing social science study, "They Had the Facts, Why Didn't They Act?: Understanding and Improving Public Response to NWS Coastal Flooding Forecasts," NNC is seeking residents 18 years and older who live in Monmouth or Ocean Counties in New Jersey to participate in one of two focus groups at the Brick Township Library at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, November 3.  Participants will give feedback read more

  • NNC begins coastal flooding research study

    Sat Jan 4th, 2014

    In January 2014, NOAA Sea Grant, through its Coastal Storm Awareness Program, awarded a 16-month grant project to NNC to study the public's use of National Weather Service's flood forecast and warning tools.  The social science research study entitled, "They Had the Facts, Why Didn't They Act?: Understanding and Improving Public Response to NWS Coastal Flooding Forecasts," will look specifically at the role of emergency briefings as an emerging tool for communicating read more

  • Models Still Predict a More Active Hurricane Season

    Tue Sep 3rd, 2013

    Gary Szatkowski, Chief Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office at Mount Holly, NJ/Philadelphia, comments on how models still predict a more active hurricane season. Click here to see his interview.

  • Science Director accepts National Media/Outreach Award for NNC

    Thu Jul 18th, 2013

    In June 2013, Nurture Nature Center won a national media/outreach award  from the National Association of Floodplain Managers for its "Rising Waters" Program for the Science on a Sphere exhibit, which provides a compelling new way for public audiences across the country to learn about the impact of a changing climate on flooding around the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designed the SOS exhibit and has installed it in approximately 100 museums and institutions around the world.  In 2012, NNC developed a feature-length SOS program called "Rising Waters," read more

  • Screening of “Trouble the Water” for Flood Safety Awareness Week

    Screening of “Trouble the Water” for Flood Safety Awareness Week Fri Mar 15th, 2013

    Join us on Thursday, March 21st from 6:00pm-9:00pm for a film screening of "Trouble the Water" - a film about Hurricane Katrina. The screening will be followed by a reception catered by Café Santosha of Trexlertown, PA that incorporates local ingredients. Doors open at 6:00pm and film starts at 6:30pm. Suggested donation of $10.00. Registration is required: 610-253-4432 or

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