by Veronica on 2016/11/12

in Southeast

Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members!

My name is Veronica Frehm, and I am the new Southeast Regional Director. Kerri Allen recently stepped down from the position to pursue another amazing opportunity. She will still be a part of FMSEA, but in a different district.

I am currently the Director of Education at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. The Park is located in Palm Beach County, and is the county’s only state park. We have 438 acres with four different ecosystems. I am charged with running the Education Program, which serves over 5,000 Palm Beach County students a year with 14 different grade-specific and standards-based programs. We use our Park as a living laboratory, discussing the importance of the balance of nature.

I am thrilled to be taking on this role with such an outstanding group of people. I cannot wait to meet you all and connect different resources and knowledge.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns. Kerri and the Board have been incredibly helpful in communicating my responsibilities, but I am always open to suggestions of ways we can make the Southeast Region the best it can be!

Best Fishes,

November 2016, Southeast Regional Update:

1. It’s time for the Youth Making Ripples Film Festival Call for submissions!

If you have students (K-12) who would like to participate in this year’s film festival, please have them submit their film no later than December 5th 2016 to Winning films receive cash prizes and have the opportunity to participate in a Shark Tagging Research Expedition later this school year. Reminder that films must be on a marine-related topic and less than 5 minutes in length. For more information including free editing software, images, and the judging rubric visit our website:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
We are excited to see the creative films your students make this year!

Philip Gravinese and Dr. Lauren Toth

2. Project WILD Facilitator Training: South Region December 3. 2016
We adjusted the South Region December weekend training so it can be completed in one day!
Held at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp.
Let me know if you want to sign-up and I’ll send you an application. The deadline to register is Friday November 4, 2016.
Anita Forester
Project WILD Coordinator
2574 Seagate Drive, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Office: 850-488-4679
Cell: 850-661-0894

3. Virtual Field Trips at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
The next John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Virtual Field Trip will be December 2, 2016 at 1:15PM. This month’s topic is “Our Fine Feathered Friends”. Watch from your classroom, home, or phone!

Each month we will provide live presentations on Natural Science topics. MacArthur Beach staff will deliver a PowerPoint presentation on the topic listed. At the end of the presentation, your class can ask questions through the chat box, and the presenters will provide the answers to the questions while still on air.

4. Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (NHMI) is now accepting registrations for our annual Marine Education Workshop.
Registration Fee: $250.00 TEACHERS/EDUCATORS

Registration includes two nights lodging, five meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch), lectures, field trips and snorkel gear. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Marketing Department at: 305-951-7430 or for a registration form or with any questions about the workshop.

NHMI is located on Big Pine Key, in the Lower Florida Keys, 120 miles southwest of Miami via US This Marine Education Workshop will offer the opportunity to study a variety of marine science concepts. Unique sub-tropical program sites within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary include: Soft and hard coral communities, mangrove islands, nearshore sponge and seagrass beds, and Negoniolithon Shoals.

All educators, naturalists and others with an interest in the marine environment, 21 and older, are invited to join us.

In-Service Credit: Available to participants through your county/school office.

An FWC/FMSEA Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop to earn a 3-year certification to collect aquatic species for educational purposes within the state of Florida will also be offered during the weekend.

This is a great opportunity to experience first-hand the unique approach NHMI/Seacamp uses to educate youth through a customized experiential education program,

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about any aspects of our programs.

Judy Gregoire
Newfound Harbor Marine Institute
305-872-2331 ext 238

Chuck Brand
Director of Marketing

5. 2017 Science without Borders® Challenge
We are very excited to announce that the theme for the 2017 Science without Borders® Challenge is “Reef SuperSpecies.” Students are encouraged to modify an existing species or create a new species that has found a way to adapt to a deadly threat facing coral reefs, and send in their illustration of this creature.

The Science without Borders® Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean conservation issues. The Science without Borders® Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries. The deadline for entry into this year’s Science without Borders® Challenge is Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

For more information about the contest, check out Rules and FAQ.
Please let me know should you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your students’ entries!

Amy Heemsoth, M.Sci.
Director of Education
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
130 Severn Ave, Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone: 443.221.6844 ext. 205

6. Seeking FMSEA 2017 Plenary Speakers
We are looking for dynamic educators and/or researchers that teach about or research areas of the Ocean Literacy Principles to participate in the opening plenary session at the upcoming FMSEA conference in May 4- 7, 2016. The theme of the conference is FMSEA On the First Coast: Shining a Light on Ocean Literacy.
If you or someone you know teaches and/or conducts research within any of the Ocean Literacy Principles and is interested in sharing their experiences and viewpoints with the FMSEA 2017 Conference attendees, then please reply to the FMSEA Presidents’ Chain (Past-President Jenna LoDico, President Jaclyn Gerakios, & President-Elect Earnie Olsen).
The Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy are:
1 The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
2 The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.
3 The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
4 The ocean made Earth habitable.
5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
7 The ocean is largely unexplored.

For more information on Ocean Literacy, go to
Stay tuned for more information about the FMSEA 2017 Conference at

7. Hobe Sound Nature Center – Volunteer Opportunities
The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center have a variety of volunteer opportunities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a range of opportunities including trail maintenance, invasive exotic plant control, beach clean-up and administrative tasks. The Hobe Sound Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to environmental awareness and education. Volunteer opportunities available include becoming a museum greeter or docent, assist in the gift shop or with the daily animal care.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at (772)546-2067 or via The necessary forms can be found on our website under Volunteer Opportunities. The Nature Center is located at 13640 SE Federal Highway in Hobe Sound, 2 miles south of Bridge Road. Special group or Eagle Scout projects, and internships may also be arranged. Visit The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center to learn more about volunteering opportunities.

8. Let’s Celebrate Sisterhood at the River Center’s “Girl Scout Way” Campfire: “On the path with you are millions of other girls. You cannot see them all from where you stand. But they are there.”
The River Center will host a Girl Scout Campfire on Friday, November 18th from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. This exciting event is designed for all girls ages 5 through 18 that are Girl Scouts or want to learn more about scouting. This program helps girls to earn their “Girl Scout Way” badge. They will take part in time-honored Girl Scout traditions, sing along with campfire songs, make some delicious s’mores, and most importantly, celebrate a century of sisterhood! This Girl Scout celebration honors women and girls who change the world.

I hope that you are interested and available to come! Please let me know if you are able attend this event by contacting the River Center at (561)743-7123 or

9. Natural Science Education Training for formal and non-formal educators at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park – Project WILD WORKSHOP – 12/23/16
Project WILD is an internationally used Environmental Education program among educators. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. The goal is to assist learners of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which all life depends. These programs take learners from “awareness” to “action”.

MacArthur Beach State Park will be offering a series of workshops utilizing the Project WILD and Project Learning Tree materials. These workshops are open to anyone looking to enhance his or her natural science programs for students. All workshops are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

12/23/16 Flying WILD and Schoolyard Wildlife
2/20/17 Project Learning Tree
3/17/17 Project WILD and Aquatic WILD
For more information, contact Veronica Frehm (

10. Celebrate America Recycles Day With the SWA!
What better way to celebrate America Recycles Day than by watching your garbage get recycled into energy, protecting your identity by shredding personal documents, and safely recycling household hazardous wastes?

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
SWA Education Center
6751 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
Opportunities include:

OPEN HOUSE – Palm Beach County residents will have the opportunity to sort recyclables on the interactive touch table line in the LEED Platinum Education Center, see the 9-ton claw feed trash into the machine in Renewable Energy Facility 2, experience the complex recycling processes at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility, and be witness to how much garbage Palm Beach County residents actually throw AWAY!

FREE PAPER SHRED – As part of the community shred event, Stericycle will shred up to 6 boxes of personal documents for FREE.

RECYCLING BINS – Solid Waste Authority will be handing out blue and yellow recycling bins to those county residents who need them.

FOOD DRIVE – Participants can also drop off a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

COLORING CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY – Winners of the America Recycles Day coloring contest will have their work on display and be recognized with prizes and accolades

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF – As part of the household hazardous waste drop off, residents can safely dispose of home chemicals for proper disposal at the Home Chemical and Recycling Center, 6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., safeguarding our environment.

11. Every Kid in a Park Kicks Off Second Year (of 12!)
The program provides free access to public lands and waters to our nation’s fourth graders and their families. To obtain the pass, fourth grade students can visit and download the paper pass to bring with them to visit more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide. Students who will be fourth graders in the upcoming school year can obtain their passes starting each September for the next 12 years. The Every Kid in a Park updated website also has new features this year, including a toolkit for community and youth leaders, an expanded field trip list, and information in Spanish.

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