Spring is Here!

by Savanna on 2013/04/22

in North

Spring has finally arrived! With the arrival of spring comes many events and opportunities.  The first weekend in May is not only Kentucky Derby weekend, but also the FMSEA Annual Conference.  This year the conference is being held in beautiful Ft. Pierce and promises to be a  great time.  Wonderful speakers, great field trips and outstanding concurrent sessions, plus the opportunity to meet new folks and renew old friendships, all combine to make this conference one of the best in Florida!  I hope to see you all there.

In June, the FWC and the Crystal River Marine Science Station are hosting a week-long teacher workshop.   Please see the letter from Heather below:

Hello Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate Holder, 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a Marine Field Activities Teacher In-Service Workshop at the Crystal River Marine Science Station in Crystal River, Florida from June 24-28, 2013.  This 5-day workshop will teach participants about the data collection methods used by state biologists to gather resource information necessary for fisheries management in Florida.  The workshop will utilize various field activities for data collection, lectures to provide background information and, labs to analyze and discuss the data.  Topics covered will include marine fisheries conservation, coastal ecology of Big Bend habitats, and others.  The field activities include sampling fish species, collecting water parameters, sampling plankton, and habitat monitoring.

The field activities are designed for high school students, therefore high school science teachers will be given first choice to participant in this program, but middle school science teachers are encouraged to apply.  The program is limited 20 teachers and they must possess a valid FWC/Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate.   

All onsite expenses related to the workshop (housing, food, materials, etc.) are covered by the FWC.  Those interested must complete the 5-day (40 hours) workshop at the location, which also gives the teachers 40 hours of in-service credit.  Once teachers complete the workshop, they can bring students to the facility to utilize the curricula for one or multiple day programs as often as possible.

Please look over the flyer and if you are interested, please email me a request for the application.

Thank you,

Heather Sneed

Environmental Specialist II

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


The flyer is attached  CRMSS 2013 Flyer

If you have any questions, please contact Heather or I for details.


Hope to see everyone in Ft. Pierce!


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