What’s New in the Northeast!

by Karen on 2016/05/04

in Northeast

I hope everyone has registered for the NMEA conference this summer!  It is going to be a blast!  If you haven’t registered there is still time to get the early bird pricing but don’t delay!  Make sure you have booked your hotel room too, they are going fast!

We have an upcoming Whitney lab lecture on May 12


Next Evenings at Whitney Lecture, May 12, 7 p.m.

Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens

AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returns on May 12, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens. Danny Lippi, International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and qualified tree risk assessor as well as University of Florida master naturalist instructor, will talk about the biology of tree growth, specifically how older trees grow in comparison to younger trees. The free lecture is presented at Lohman Auditorium located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., on the Whitney Laboratory campus.


There is also still time to register for the following two workshops on Sapelo Island in Georgia.

Teachers on the Estuary

Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop

June 6-8, 2016


The beaches and estuaries of the southeastern coast provide critical habitat for five of the seven species of sea turtles.  Though these magnificent creatures have travelled the planet for millions of years, not only witnessing, but adapting to climate change time after time, many of today’s populations are in decline due to current threats and challenges.  All are listed as threatened or endangered, including Georgia’s primary nesting turtle the Loggerhead.

Join the Sapelo NERR along with biologists and scientists from Georgia DNR, and Armstrong Atlantic State University to learn about the role of sea turtles in the vast estuarine and ocean habitats.  Lectures and activities will include life history, anatomy and morphology, threats and rehabilitation, and current projects relevant to marine turtle and estuarine research; followed by nightly walks to look for nesting mother turtles along Sapelo’s Nannygoat beach.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop is in its 14th year, and is open to both formal and non-formal educators of all grade levels.  2 PLU’s are available and participants receive curriculum and resource materials.


On-Island Accommodations:  UGAMI (University of Georgia Marine Institute) dorms, 2 beds per room, central A/C, community kitchen, extra fridge space for snacks, beverages, etc. 


Physical Activity: nightly beach patrols for nesting turtles, transportation: open, flatbed truck with board seats


Cost:  $250 includes on island accommodations at UGAMI, all meals and activities on and off island, and all resources


For questions or if registration materials are not included please contact: 

Georgia Graves, georgiabeachwalk@bellsouth.net

Please register by May 10, 2016

Teachers on the Estuary



June 23-26, 2016

Join us for an in-depth look at Georgia’s coastal systems and discover the abundance and variety of wildlife found along our shores and in the estuary.  Emphasis is placed on estuarine and marine ecology, coastal species identification and adaptations, coastal geology, activity sessions, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve(NERR) System’s System Wide Monitoring Programs(SWMP) for potential estuarine impacts resulting from climate change.  This workshop is open to both formal and non-formal educators of all grade levels.

Participants receive curriculum and resource materials.

2 PLU’s are available.

On-Island Accommodations:   dorm style, 2 beds per room with central A/C and bathroom, community kitchens, extra fridge space for snacks, beverages, etc.

Physical Activity: includes beach and marsh activities and (optional) evening turtle walks; participants should be tolerant of heat and sun. 

Transportation on the island is by flatbed truck with board seats.  It may be bumpy, but a great way to see Sapelo!

Cost:  $250


Please contact georgiabeachwalk@bellsouth.net 


Deadline for Registration: May 15, 2016


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