Toyota and the National Audubon Society awarded a $10,000 grant Thursday to the woman who identifies herself as chieftess of St. Helena Island-based Gullah/Geechee Nation.
The money will be used by Marquetta L. Goodwine, known as Queen Quet, to launch a yearlong outreach campaign to engage members of the Gullah/Geechee Nation from Jacksonville, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla., in the protection of endangered species.
Goodwine plans to use the money to create "living learning labs" at the Hunting Island Nature Center and on St. Helena Island, according to a news release. Lab participants will learn about endangered species along the Atlantic Coast and what can be done to protect their habitat and feeding methods.
Goodwine has spoken before the United Nations and the U.S. State Department and has participated in the White House Conference on Conservation and the Presidential America's Great Outdoors Initiative.