September UpDate

by Savanna on 2013/09/26

in North

September Update


September is almost gone which means that school is in full swing.  I hope everyone has had an exciting and successful start to the new year!


Teachers Teaching Teachers

As a part of the NOAA B-wet Grant awarded to the Marine Science Station, the MSS hosted two workshops for teachers that utilize the facility.  Each workshop lasted two days and included an open dialog among the participants concerning how to best use their trip to meet certain standards while incorporating the new Common Core Initiative.  Teachers went into the field, aboard MSS vessels, to learn first-hand how to use the instruments and equipment that will be a part of their student’s field experience.  Each school that visits the MSS throughout the year sent a representative who will then teach the other instructors at their location.  In addition to the activities that will be a part of their actual trip, teachers developed both pre and post trip activities.


Teachers Learning how to use the Equipment Teachers Learning how to use the Equipment


Earnie Demonstrates the proper use of equipment Earnie Demonstrates the proper use of equipment


Welcome New Members!

On September 14 the Crystal River Marine Science Station hosted a FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop.  We had 10 new members join as a result of this event.  After the workshop, the participants were treated to an afternoon collection/snorkeling adventure.   After co-facilitating this workshop, Earnie Olsen (pictured below) has joined the ranks of certified presenters.

Mr. Olsen captivates the crowd Mr. Olsen captivates the crowd


Some of the participants on the snorkeling trip Some of the participants on the snorkeling trip


Coastal Clean-up

On September 21 the Crystal River Marine Science Station teamed up with the Academy of Environmental Science and American Pro Diving Center to participate in the Coastal Clean-up.  About 30 students from AES joined with participants from other student groups from around Citrus County including the Boy Scouts and CRHS Key Club, to remove debris from our coastal areas.  As a token of appreciation for all of the hard work, American Pro Diving provided a delicious, cook-out style lunch at their facility after the event.




National Estuaries Day

National Estuaries Day


On September 28, the FDEP and The Crystal River Marine Science Station are hosting an open house for National Estuaries Day.  The Marine Science Station boats will be transporting visitors between the two facilities.

Organizations/Displays for the Event will include (but are not limited to):

SWFWMD – informational booth as well as watershed water table demonstrations

GARI – Gulf Archeology Research Institute

WGP – Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve

TWS – The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society – UF (with baby alligators)

FPAN -Florida Public Archeology Network – will have small skiff style historic boats for the kids to build as

well as possibly a net making table

CAMA – with brochures and touch tank.



FMSEA Annual Conference

It is never too early to begin planning and making arrangements for the next exciting FMSEA Annual Conference.  This year’s conference is going to be held in beautiful Panama City Beach on April 24-27.

Roz and Brandon have done an outstanding job planning the conference and have some very cool field trips planned for Friday, so get your travel requests in early!!  Let’s have a good showing from the North region this year!




As always, If you have any news or announcements that you would like me to include, or questions about FMSEA (or anything) please do not hesitate to contact me.


High Tides & Fair Winds!



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