January 2017 Regional Update

by Veronica on 2017/01/11

in Southeast

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

Veronica Frehm

January 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

1. Mote Marine Laboratory is partnering with the Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples Film Festival.
The 4th Annual Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples film festival will take place in the WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory (1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL) on Friday, January 20, 2017. The event is free and open to the community as well as the general public. The film festival will kick off with a pre-viewing reception where Mote scientists will showcase their research through hands-on interactive demonstrations and posters. Then we will show this year’s Youth Making Ripples finalist videos. Following the film presentation, we will have a short Q&A session with a panel of science related professionals.

RSVP’s are encouraged as seating is limited. Teachers interested in bringing their classes can also RSVP seats for their students.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at mote.org/events.

Questions? Contact youthmakingripples@gmail.com.

2. Wild Dolphin Project – summer INTERN trip dates are released!
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 summer INTERN trip dates have been released!

Trip #1: Tuesday, May 9th – Wednesday, May 17th
Trip #2: Tuesday, May 23rd – Wednesday, May 31st

The remainder of the summer field research season trip dates should be announced by the end of this month!

Please feel free to share this message with a student you think would be interested in an internship with The Wild Dolphin Project! For more information please visit our “Student Intership Opportunities” page on our website here: http://www.wilddolphinproject.org/participate/student-internship-opportunities/. To sign up you will need to email your proof of student status to fieldwork@wilddolphinproject.org. Once your documents are reviewed and accepted, payment in full will be required in order to secure a spot on the trip(s). You may do this via the “donate” tab on our website or mail a check to the address listed below. We will then email you application documents and other pertinent trip information. Accommodations aboard Research Vessel, Stenella, as well as a walk-through video are available for your reference here: http://www.wilddolphinproject.org/our-research/research-vessel/.

Now may be a good time to shop our store for WDP merchandise and memberships for holiday gifts for family and friends. As always, we thank you for your continued support of our research!

Please stay tuned for the remainder of the trip dates to be announced shortly. Remember: friends of WDP get first sign up opportunity before it releasing to the general public.

Wild Dolphin Project
PO Box 8436
Jupiter, Florida 33468
T 561.575.5660
F 561.277.2442

3. School Programs Intern at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
For further information and instructions, please see: https://www.marinelife.org/about/careers/school-programs-intern/

4. Aquatic WILD workshop
Greynolds Park, North Miami Beach, FL
Saturday, 1/28/2017

Registration is required. To reserve your spot, contact Marcia Bisnett seleefer@webtv.net

5. Big Bend Science Symposium in Cedar Key, FL February 1st-3rd
See attached flyer and this link (https://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/) for information about the upcoming Big Bend Science Symposium in Cedar Key, FL February 1-3rd. The Keynote Address and poster session on Thursday are open to the public and Friday morning will be open to participation by area High School students. Please share with anyone that may be interested. Registration link: http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/Basic/1400057452

6. Special Explorations for Teachers and Students
Now Open for Submissions: the University of Florida’s Center for Pre-Collegiate Education and Training’s Special Explorations for Teachers and Students: https://www.cpet.ufl.edu/teachers/sets/explorations/scheduling/

7. Florida Manatee Festival
January 14, 2017 – January 15, 2017 N Citrus Avenue and Kings Bay Park, Crystal River FL 34428 Florida’s Premier Manatee Festival in the Manatee Capital of the World. Food, art, crafts, entertainment, and a chance to see the incredible Manatees of Three Sisters Springs.

8. Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science Training Workshop
February 24th from 1:00 – 3:30 PM in Cedar Key, FL. In this hands-on training workshop, volunteers will learn about basic horseshoe crab biology, procedures for sampling breeding populations of horseshoe crabs, and procedures for measuring and tagging horseshoe crabs. Volunteers will be familiarized with gear and understand how the data they collect is used by the FWC and other agencies. Volunteers who complete the workshop will be eligible to volunteer for the Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science program in the Big Bend (sites in Cedar Key, Hagen’s Cove near Steinhatchee, and Shired Island near Horseshoe Beach), but are not required to do so. Weather and time permitting, the workshop will include a field portion. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/horseshoe-crab-citizen-science-training-workshop-tickets-29328289704

9. 23rd annual Public Interest Environmental Conference: “Land Conservation: The Worth Of the Earth.”
February 9-11th in Gainesville, FL. For over twenty years, the Public Interest Environmental Conference (PIEC) has sought to promote an understanding of the legal aspects of environmental protection, to serve and inform individuals as to the necessity for improvements in environmental legal protection, foster the development of sound environmental legislation, measure the effects of environmental litigation, and to assist other groups involved in environmental education. The conference brings together legal practitioners, academics, policy makers, and private citizens to discuss preeminent issues surrounding a different environmental topic each year. The theme of the 2017 conference is land conservation and will examine the challenges, concerns, and future of land conservation law and policy from a regional and national standpoint. See: https://ufpiec.org/

10. National Marine Science Educators Associate (NMEA) National Conference
When: June 25-June 29, 2017
Where: Charleston, SC
To register and for full details: http://www.marine-ed.org/page/2017conference

11. Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Position: Coordinator, Academic Support Services position
We have an opportunity for an educator with a science background to join our Harbor Branch education staff. We are planning to fill the position ASAP. The bulk of the current work is focused on teaching in our high school classes that we do as part of the Marine and Oceanographic Academy (see: http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/moa/). The position description and link to the application website follows.

The Coordinator, Academic Support Services will coordinate various marine education programs, including developing curriculum, scheduling visiting groups, managing teaching labs, and training other instructors.
Applicants must apply electronically on the website https://jobs.fau.edu by completing Faculty, Administrative, Managerial and Professional (AMP) Positions Application, position number 980318.

12. FREE Oil spill science resources
I wanted to share some new resources that our Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team has been working on. These outreach materials are designed to educate natural resource managers, emergency responders, elected officials, and other adult audiences but I thought some of you might find them useful for your classes or educational programs.
Outreach publications – We have 11 publications that are now available. These publications answer questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For example: Is Gulf seafood safe to eat?; How did the oil spill impact habitats?; How were fisheries affected?; Where did the oil go?; and more! Visit http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/ to download copies.
Scientific presentations – We’ve had a slew of scientists present their research and latest findings during our science seminars. Topics range from oil spill impacts on habitats, fisheries, and people; how dispersants are used; and where the oil went after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All are available at http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/presentations/.
We’ll have lots of new information coming out over the next year so stay tuned! If you’d like to be added to our email list, please let me know. Our science seminars are available for streaming if you teach outside of the Gulf and we are currently working on shorter publications that may be of interest to you all.

-Dispatches from the Gulf: http://dispatchesfromthegulf.com/ – This documentary is a new episode in the Journey to Planet Earth series and highlights all of the research that’s underway. It’s really cool!!
-Educational resources: http://education.gulfresearchinitiative.org/ – The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative has so many activities on their website that were designed for informal and formal educators. Check them out!

-Outreach products: http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/ – The Team that I work with (cc’d on this email) has created outreach publications that pull together new science on topics such as dispersants, oil on our beaches, impacts to fisheries, and seafood safety. They are designed for adults but would also be suitable for older students.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We hope you find these resources useful!
Larissa Graham
Oil Spill Science Extension Specialist
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Office: (251) 438-5690
Cell: (251) 348-5436

13. Scholarship Opportunity for high school seniors!
We offer a $4000 scholarship to high school seniors entering college to study environmental science (see flyer attached). Let me know if you have any questions or issues. Thank you!

Jessica Andreasen | Naturalist, Green Cay Nature Center
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
12800 Hagen Ranch Rd. | Boynton Beach | Florida 33437
T: 561.966.7001 | F: 561.496.4369 | jandreasen@pbcgov.org
Connect with us: www.pbcparks.com

14. Free AMS DataStreme Earth Science Courses!
The American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Program still has openings for their free courses. Besides enhancing your knowledge of weather, ocean, and climate science, you can earn 3 grad credits through SUNY Brockport FOR FREE.
Here are the links to these programs:

DataStreme Atmosphere

DataStreme Ocean

DataStreme Earth’s Climate System

Each site has a link to the application form, and the LITS (Local Implementation Teams). Even if there is not a LIT in your State/Locality, we can accommodate you via Skype and other distant learning connections.


Mike Passow
(AMS Education Resource Agent for NJ/NY)

15. Marine Science Education Professional Development, Big Pine Key, FL
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 info@nhmi.org 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 1. 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

16. OneNOAA Science Seminars
The OneNOAA Science Seminar Series is a voluntary effort started in 2004 with contributors from across NOAA Line Offices to bring you the most comprehensive summary of NOAA-hosted, public access, environmental science and climate seminars across the nation. Below is an abbreviated summary of the seminars. Click on the title (web link) of each seminar for detailed information. Additional information including how to subscribe to this OneNOAA Science seminars list is at the bottom of this email. Seminars may be updated at any time. Please check the OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar often for the latest seminar information. For general questions about the seminars, please contact Tracy.Gill@noaa.gov, Lori.Brown@noaa.gov, or Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov.

17. WORLD OCEAN RADIO: Sacred Places
This week’s audio episode of World Ocean Radio entitled “Sacred Places” is now available online at worldoceanobservatory.org/radio-item/sacred-places-special-new-year-edition. You may also read World Ocean Radio as a weekly blog post on Medium.com.
In this New Year’s episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill details a number of sacred places around the globe–on islands, along the shore, on the banks of rivers, lakes and streams–and the allies that these spaces have found in protective movements, enforcement, and international action. He outlines the relationship of biodiverse regions around the world to their sacred and scientific importance, and how conservation justifies protection while simultaneously meeting the goals of religionists and conservationists alike.
Trisha Badger, Managing Director
World Ocean Observatory

18. Deep-Sea Science in the Classroom: Exploring Coral Communities of the West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries
January 18, 2017 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific
Take your students on an incredible journey hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ocean, without ever leaving the classroom! Using research footage from ROVs, your students will be able to utilize real scientific methods to explore the unique deep-sea coral communities along the West Coast.

Join Rietta Hohman of the Greater Farallones Association to investigate threats, such as ocean acidification, that these precious ecosystems face and learn the importance of long-term scientific monitoring and protection. These educational materials are aligned to NGSS and are available to download for free.

This webinar series will provide educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom.

19. Restoration Ecology Internship, Archbold Biological Station, Florida Beginning May 2017.
Applications due March 6, 2017. Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board. A Restoration Ecology Internship is available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida, with shared responsibilities in the Restoration Ecology Program (supervised by Dr. Betsie Rothermel), the Plant Ecology Program (Dr. Eric Menges) and Land Management (Archbold Land Manager, Kevin Main). The intern will conduct an independent project with a field component in sandhill restoration, and also work as a research/land management assistant for 20 hours per week implementing sandhill restoration, including control of invasive plants. The intern will be an integral part of a team restoring sandhill at Archbold Biological Station using a combination of fire, mowing, and herbiciding/pulling of exotic plants, as well as experimental plantings of desired native species. The restoration area supports a population of gopher tortoises and many endangered plants. The intern will also have opportunities to assist with other long-term monitoring and research projects in plant ecology and herpetology. This internship is supported by a grant from the Ecological Society of America. Archbold interns live on site in dorm-style housing and receive breakfasts and lunches on weekdays, a weekly meal allowance of $54, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work half-time (average of 20 hours per week) as research assistants and the rest of their time developing and implementing an independent project. This internship will run for approximately 7 months (May – November). Our internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of scientific research, from project development and data collection to oral and written presentations, providing ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology. Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000-ha preserve, an outstanding regional library, and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed field station atmosphere.

Additional information can be found at the Archbold website:
http://www.archbold-station.org/ To apply for a Restoration Ecology internship, please provide the following (preferably as a single document in PDF format): a cover letter indicating relevant experience, research interests, and how this experience would further your professional goals; a resumé or CV; and a summary of grades, including GPA. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by March 6, 2017. EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Betsie Rothermel at brothermel@archbold-station.org.

The Florida Marine Science Educators Association invites you to propose a session at:
Topics on ocean literacy, marine & ocean conservation, new & innovative marine science content, research, activities, and K-16 curriculum are encouraged.
All concurrent sessions will be Saturday, May 6th.

Please complete and submit the Call for Presenters form by using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/mf0OkEmhC2ZJ4DBF2

Deadline for proposal submission is 5:00PM March 15, 2017. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent during the following week of March.
Questions? Contact:

21. Sponsor students in Bow Seat’s NEW Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition!
Are you looking for an engaging and meaningful way to bring ocean pollution issues “to life” with your students? Do you want to help your students build ocean literacy skills through a hands-on and creative project?

This Competition is a great opportunity for students to build communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills, as well as deepen their understanding of the marine debris problem while making a real difference at their schools and in their communities. Students can earn scholarships of up to $5,000 – and Sponsors can earn awards too!

The Challenge:
Design and carry out a project on your school’s campus or in the local community that uses the creative arts to: educate the public about marine debris, inspire people to change their behavior, and engage them in activities that reduce or prevent marine debris. The Competition, sponsored by a grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, is open to middle and high school students in the U.S.

It’s perfect for green teams, environmental clubs, Scout troops, marine science interns, or any ocean-loving teens!

Registration is easy and takes less than 10 minutes. We ask for basic contact information, a brief project description, and a signed letter of commitment from an adult sponsor (letter template provided). All registrations must be approved by the Bow Seat team before students proceed with their project. Encourage your students to register early!

$750 Sponsor Appreciation Awards
We appreciate the work that you do to inspire, engage, and support students interested in environmental awareness, advocacy, and the arts, which is why we grant Sponsor Appreciation Awards of $750 to Sponsors who help change the lives of their students and change the world for the better. These awards are nomination-based.

Posters and Postcards
Email me if you would like printed copies of our 11×17″ posters and 5×7″ postcards to hang in your classroom or share with students and colleagues.
Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, students, and social media networks, and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.

P.S. Our other program, the annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest, is also accepting submissions through June 2017. Your students can submit works of art, poetry, prose, or film that speak to the theme Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions.

Thank you!
Alyssa Irizarry
Program Director
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

22. Project Learning Tree Opportunities
Save The Date!
Plan now to attend the 2017 PLT Conference!
November 3-5, 2017
Hillsborough County!

Plant Camp 2017
The University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is looking for 24 science and environmental educators (of elementary, middle or high school) interested in attending PLANT CAMP 2017. Applications deadline is February 19, 2017. Visit http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/education/plantcamp.shtml

All about water!

Rubber, Plastic and More – Top Science Project Ideas

Endangered animals campaign

A Toolkit for Engaging People in Conservation

What Research Says About Environmental Literacy, Behavior, and Conservation Results

Explaining climate change

Funding Opportunities:
Deadline January 31st – Urban Waters Restoration Grants – The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development. For more information, please go to http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/home.aspx.

Kids Gardening Grants- Visit https://www.kidsgardening.org/garden-grants/ for several funding opportunities for youth gardening.
Upcoming Workshops

PreK-8 Workshop
January 28
Alachua County
For more information and to register visit:

PreK-8 Workshop
January 28
Palm Beach County
For more information and to register contact: Danielle Vande Zande at: dvandezande@swa.org

Municipal Solid Waste Workshop
February 4
Palm Beach County
For more information and to register contact: Brian Elkins at: education@swa.org

Envergy and Society Workshop
February 4
Dade County
For more information contact: Marcia Bisnett at: seleefer@webtv.net

PreK-8 Workshop
February 13
Indian River County
For more information contact: Susan Flak at: smf92064@gmail.com

Early Childhood Experiences Workshop
February 18
Duval County
For more information contact: Greta Combs at: educator@treehill.org

PreK-8 Workshop
February 20
Palm Beach County
For more information contact: Veronica Frehm at: veronica@macarthurbeach.org

SE Forests & Climate Change Workshop
February 20
Pinellas County
For more information contact: Lara Milligan at: lara317@ufl.edu

Focus on Forests Workshop
March 11
Dade County
For more information contact: Marcia Bisnett at: seleefer@webtv.net

PreK-8 Workshop
March 26
Hillborough County
For more information contact: Dolly Cummings at: campbayou@gmail.com

23. Applications for LC Summer Teacher Institute Now Available
Library of Congress 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes –Teaching with Primary Sources

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections. They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content.

Five week-long sessions will be offered this summer:

General Focus – open to K-12 educators across all content areas:

June 19-23
June 26-30
July 10-14
Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:

July 17-21
WWI Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach some aspect of WWI as part of their curriculum, or collaborate with those who do:

July 31-August 4
The institute and course materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.

Applications are due March 17 and require a letter of recommendation.

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