December 2016 Update

by Veronica on 2016/12/13

in Southeast

Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members!
Below is the December Regional Update. Please let me know if you have any questions – I am happy to help in any possible way!

December 2016 Southeast Regional Update:

1. New Ocean Today Every Full Moon collection of videos – Now Live!
A NEW EVERY FULL MOON episode all about marine debris is here!
The release of this award-winning collection happens to fall on Spring Tide Supermoon Monday!

Are you ready to talk trash and protect the sea from marine debris? This full moon we are excited to share with you the Regional Emmy® award-winning TRASH TALK Special Feature, a Hands-on Activity Demo and Bonus Content.

This series explores the impacts and causes of marine debris with a science and solution driven approach that is fun, timely and useful. Go to the just released collection and start talking trash.

Check out the videos now! –

Come back next full moon to explore The Adventures of A Maritime Archaeologist featuring Jim Delgado.

Kurt Mann
NOAA’s National Ocean Service
Executive Producer, OCEAN TODAY

World Ocean Radio | Earth Optimism Series
The Earth Optimism Series is a project in partnership with the Smithsonian
Institution’s Ocean Portal to profile conservation actions and innovations to reduce our impacts on the planet. Each week we highlight examples of what people around the world are doing to address climate change and work toward sustainability. The Earth Optimism Series will run through April 21, 2017 when the Earth Optimism Summit takes place in Washington, D.C. Share your ideas:

3. Everglades Youth Conservation Camp is currently hiring all staff positions for the 2017 Summer Season.

The Everglades Youth Conservation Camp is located on the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area in Loxahatchee. During the summer we provide residential summer camp programs for children completing grades 3rd to 8th. Each week children are delivered to our site on Sunday and stay with us until Friday afternoon. We have 10 air conditioned cabins to accommodate staff and campers. We offer nine programs all focusing on conservation education and outdoor recreation, such as paddle sports, shooting sports, fishing, and wildlife discovery. For more information about our summer programs, please visit our website at

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be available from June 4th to August 4th (9 week period) and enjoy being outside. We provide housing, meals, and a competitive salary.

If you are interested in a summer position, please contact Janice Kerber for application,

For more information, please call the camp’s office at 561-624-6929.

4. Reef Relief is currently hiring Summer 2017 Interns:
Coral Camp Education Intern (Summer 2017) June- Mid August
Interns selected will present classroom lessons on marine science and provide program support for the summer Coral Camp for Kids Program for children 6-12 years of age. This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands on experience in marine education and conservation.

You will become familiar with the following areas:
· Marine and Environmental education for children
· Operation of Reef Relief’s environmental center
· Fieldwork for the Key West Marine Park
· Marketing, fundraising, planning and organizing special events

Applicants must have a degree in marine science and/or education, or the applicant must be actively seeking one.

How to apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to

Reef Relief is a non-profit organization so all internships are unpaid, and housing is not provided. Reef Relief® is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving & protecting our coral reef ecosystem.

Phone: (305) 294-3100
Post Office Box 430, Key West, Florida 33041–430
Key West Office: 631 Greene Street, Key West, FL 33040

5. Grassy Waters – Ice Age Exhibit
On display until Dec. 31st. For more information please see below. We have also started some exciting new programs, including a bike program (see attached) and sunset and full moon paddles. The dates for these programs are:

Full Moon Paddle Dec. 10th, 4-7

Pedal the Preserve: Guided Bike Program Dec. 11th, 10-11:30am

Sunset Canoe Dec. 18th, 4-6pm

Please visit for more information. Call the nature center with questions and to make reservations, at 561-804-4985.

6. BirdSleuth K-12, Cornell Lab of Ornithology – Mini-Grants Opportunities!
The work you do deserves recognition! If you’ve been getting kids outside and engaged with habitat improvements or citizen science, tell us about it on our Action Map and you could be eligible for our mini-grants. Learn more about our current mini-grants and see how you can win a classroom set of binoculars or funds to continue your schoolyard improvement project.

Apply for a Mini-Grant: Our Celebrate Urban Birds project awards mini-grants to organizations, educators, and youth who have ideas for creative neighborhood projects. Underserved audiences are especially encouraged; apply by Dec. 31. Get the details.

7. Project Learning Tree Updates:

Funding Opportunities – Deadline December 15th – Temper of the Times Foundation Grants for Environmental Marketing Expenses – The Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues and awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. The funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. For more information, please go to

Due December 31st – Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program – Grants, up to $5,000, are available to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. For more information, please go to

Deadline December 31st – Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program – For more information, please go to

Deadline January 23rd – Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grants – Community Project grants provide support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities. Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming. For more information, please go to

Upcoming Workshops:

PreK – 8 Workshop
January 28
Alachua County
For information and to register:

Energy and Society Workshop
February 4
Dade County
For more information contact: Marcia Bisnett at:

Pre-K 8 Workshop
February 20
Palm Beach County
For more information contact: Veronica Frehm at

8. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Internships Available- Spring and Summer

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park was established to protect a diverse and undisturbed subtropical coastal habitat from development. The Park is named for John D. MacArthur, whose generosity allowed the State of Florida to secure the land. Developed in part with funds donated by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Park opened to the public in 1989.

Student Interns may receive training as nature center docents, animal care specialists, and nature walk interpreters, depending on time and interest. Interns may also participate in sea grass surveys, exotic plant removal, sea turtle nest surveys, assisting with turtle walks, habitat restoration and other species surveys or research, Facebook and web site posting.

Different internships are available:
1. Environmental Education/Science Education Program Student Internship (Fall/Spring)
Our programs are designed to meet the Florida Next Generation Science Standards for first through twelfth grade. Each program combines nature exploration and age-appropriate hands-on experiences. We offer 14 different programs for public, charter and private schools in Palm Beach County.

2. Natural Science Education Summer Camp Internship (summer)
Interns will be given leadership roles in facilitating our Natural Science Education Summer Camp, which is focused around Natural Science and Marine Biology concepts. Activities include: exploring the organisms of coastal ecosystems by participating in scientific investigations such as fish counts on the Rock Reef, seagrass surveys, and biodiversity studies in the estuary. Campers hike, kayak, and Skype with Scientists. The goal is for campers to walk away a clear understanding of good stewardship and how to take care of our environment.

3. Parks and Recreation Administration Internship (Fall/Spring and summer)
The Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 160 parks spanning 700,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach, attracting over 20 million visitors per year, and the only three-time NRPA Gold Medal Award winner, 1999, 2005 and 2013. This Award honors excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. .

4. Communications Internship (Fall/Spring and summer)
Under the supervision of the Marketing/Membership Coordinator, the Communications Intern will assist in creating and managing communications supporting MacArthur Beach State Park. The position will help to develop content for the Friends website, digital media, program materials, social media outlets. The intern may also provide support in PR activities and event planning.

For more information on internship opportunities, please contact Cheryl Houghtelin at

9. WORLD OCEAN RADIO: Why We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About Carbon
This week’s audio episode of World Ocean Radio entitled “Why We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About Carbon” is now available online at You may also read the blog post on

About this episode:
We continue the Earth Optimism Series this week, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Portal, to address ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, host Peter Neill sites from a recent article by William McDonough published at entitled, “Carbon Is Not the Enemy”, which argues for a new vision for how we view the carbon cycle and for ways to redefine its value and mitigate its negative consequences for a possible new climate future.

This episode is part of the Earth Optimism Series, 24 episodes to air between September and April 2017, profiling conservation actions and innovations to reduce our impacts on the planet. The Earth Optimism Series is brought to you by the World Ocean Observatory in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Portal, to raise awareness of the Earth Optimism Summit during Earth Day weekend, April 21st through 23rd, 2017 in Washington, D.C. and around the world. Share your ideas at
Trisha Badger, Managing Director
World Ocean Observatory

10. Viva Moby! Portugal’s miniboat Moby leads the charge around the Atlantic!

“Let the Regatta begin! Congrats on getting the first unit ready to go in the water,” Jim Manning of NOAA congratulates Raquel Costa and Luis Sebastiao, point persons for miniboat Moby, prior to launch off Fail Island, Azores. See her tracks and find out more by clicking here.

The Atlantic Regatta is a consortium of 34 institutions, organizations, and schools from seven different nations around the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Regatta was created so student have the ability to work together while helping their miniboats sail completely around the Atlantic. Students can connect through Skype, or other online platforms, share their culture, learn about other’s cultures, and watch the wind and currents around the Atlantic Ocean create a gyre that connects us all. Click here to learn about the Atlantic Regatta, find a miniboat being launched near you, or to get involved in recuse and recovery. Contact for more information

11. 2017 FMSEA CONFERENCE – Call for Presenters
Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA)
2017 Annual Conference
St. Augustine, Florida
May 4 – 7, 2017

Topics on ocean literacy, marine & ocean conservation, new & innovative marine science content, research, activities, and curriculum are encouraged. All concurrent session will be Saturday, May 6th.

Please complete and submit a Call for Presenters form by: 5:00PM March 15, 2017. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent during the following week of March.

Questions? Contact:

12. Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship
Check out this opportunity to connect with scientists in Antartica! Note the deadline for applications is December 23, 2016. Educators will be notified in early January of their acceptance into the program. We are accepting classes grades 5-9. We will group into relevant age groups to ensure balance in the call schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions. We expect admission to be very competitive so register early!

13. Professional Development in Bermuda
I am offering a professional development workshop for educators in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) this summer from June 26-July1. Participants will learn about the latest techniques in oceanographic and environmental data collection including ocean “glider” technology. Participants will also learn how to plan and implement a future field study course at BIOS for their students.
Contact me for more information: or Kaitlin Baird at:
For more information:

14. FREE At-Sea Professional Development on Exploration Vessel Nautilus
Teachers (artists and informal educators too!)
Science Communication Fellowship applications are available now to explore the Eastern Pacific Ocean this summer with Dr. Robert Ballard’s Corps of Exploration and Ocean Exploration Trust! This team of explorers conducts cutting-edge scientific exploration of parts of the global ocean never seen before using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and multibeam mapping technology.

The Science Communication Fellowship invites K-20 and informal educators for a professional development experience aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as science interpreters among a team of STEM professionals.
· Gain exposure to and experience in the applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the field of ocean exploration,
· Strengthen your science communication skills,
· Collaborate with exceptional educators from around the country,
· Explore side-by-side with renowned and early-career scientists and engineers,
· Share the adventure with your students, community, and the world as the expedition is broadcast live on

Apply by January 13, 2017 to spend 1-3 weeks at sea between May-September 2017 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Ocean Exploration Trust encourages a diverse pool of applicants including educators from traditionally underrepresented minority populations or serving schools with students traditionally underrepresented in STEM. The application packet includes full program details:!communication-fellowship/cb0

Contact the OET Education Team with your questions via

15. Sign-ups are open for live ship-to-shore events during International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 366: Mariana Convergent Margin, December 15 – February 7!
Events are live and interactive from the JOIDES Resolution research ship and 30-45 minutes. They are free, but first-come, first-served and we do fill up!
You can sign up here:

16. Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship
Applications are invited for the 2017 Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship. The award is a one-year scholarship for graduate studies in coastal wetlands and carries a stipend of $5,000 to support field-based research. For the purposes of this scholarship, coastal wetlands are defined as those tidal or non-tidal wetlands found within U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) at a university within the United States.

See for application requirements. Applications are due January 15, 2017.
Email should be directed to

17. “Save The Date” announcement for the outdoor recreation day Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be hosting on 4 March 2017. The day will give area families a free opportunity to sample many different outdoor recreation opportunities. I would like to invite you all to participate in this event to show families where and how to take the next steps in developing their outdoor recreation skills. (see flyer attached)

18. NMEA 2017 Call for Presenters is OPEN!
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2017 Conference will take place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina from June 25 – 29th 2017! NMEA is a dedicated, influential member-based organization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, scientists, and more from around the world working together to advance the understanding and protection of our freshwater and marine ecosystems. It is a national organization powered by 17 individual, regional chapters who provide the on-the-ground efforts that support and promote national initiatives in education and conservation such as ocean literacy. The Call for Presenters will remain open until December 15th 2016. Please visit the website for more details.

19. On January 8, Biscayne National Park will be hosting a special event on reptiles.
One of the activities will be using a dichotomous key to identify sea turtle species found in our area (green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback). We have a few individual “stuffed” turtles, especially hawksbill, but looking to borrow greens and loggerheads. These could be real, or accurate plastic models. I’m willing to pick up and return the items from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and may even extend to Monroe or up to southern Brevard (since I visit family up there often).

Contact Gary Bremen at, or call at 305-338-6584.

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