February 2017 Regional Update

by Veronica on 2017/02/14

in Regional Reports, Southeast

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


February 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

MAY 4 – MAY 7, 2017
Link to register: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1913822

2. The Florida Marine Science Educators Association invites you to propose a session at 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – ST. AUGUSTINE FMSEA ON THE FIRST COAST: SHINING LIGHT ON OCEAN LITERACY May 4 – 7, 2017

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 as soon as possible. Questions? Contact: proposals@fmsea.org

Here is the link to register for the conference (register now and get our early bird rate): https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1913822
Our conference hotel is the Hampton Inn and Suites, Vilano Beach. We have secured a rate of $164 a night, please mention FMSEA when you make your reservation.

3. FMSEA Member Educator Scholarship to attend FMSEA 2017 Conference​
The FMSEA Board of Directors voted to establish an environmental education trust fund at its October 10, 1993 meeting. The fund is in support of staff development which includes teacher in-service training and enhancement. A special thank you goes to R. Duncan Matthewson for his efforts in helping to establish this fund.

Individual Scholarships will be presented to FMSEA members to attend either an environmental professional development program or a professional conference (including the FMSEA annual conference). Awards may cover registration, travel or accommodation costs. Applicants are encouraged to secure matching funds from sources other than FMSEA. All award winners must agree to:
§ acknowledgments of FMSEA support in all activities related to the funded program,
§ file copies with FMSEA of all products/projects generated by the program,
§ a short, written report on the program/conference for the annual FMSEA Journal or present a session at the first FMSEA Annual Conference after the completion of the project.

Scholarship Applications are due 60 days prior to program/conference for which you are applying. Submitting an application does not guarantee funds will be awarded. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
§ FMSEA Teacher Trust Fund – Individual Scholarship Application Google Form version
§ Submit your application to president-elect @ fmsea.org

4. Marine Education Workshop, 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
Director, Newfound Harbor Marine Institute
305-872-2331 ext 238

Chuck Brand
Director of Marketing

5. Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology course, in the British Virgin Islands
Do you know enthusiastic high school students interested in marine biology? We are Accepting High School Applications for this summer’s Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology course, in the British Virgin Islands.

The Marine science And Nautical Training Academy (MANTA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education and research organization founded by full-time research scientists at the Hollings Marin e Laboratory, in Charleston, SC. Our mission is to provide high school and college students a unique opportunity to learn about the marine environment, and participate in marine science research and conservation projects.

The program provides an intensive, experienced-based field study program in fundamental and applied marine science. Students will live on a large catamaran sailboat in the British Virgin Islands for two weeks while learning marine science, and practical skills used in the field like SCUBA diving, sailing, and seamanship of a research vessel. Lectures and experiential learning are used to teach students about coral reef ecosystems, as students develop and test their own hypotheses by designing and executing short field experiments. The course is taught by faculty at the College of Charleston and other marine scientists from our floating classroom and research platform.
Visit our website for examples of What We Research as well as more details about the High School Program, July 10-24, 2017. Our college program was recently featured in the Fall Edition of the College of Charleston Magazine, check it out.

Please forward this message to interested students, have them identify a teacher reference, and submit a free quick online application for High School Email melannie.bachman@manta-online.org for more detailed information about the syllabus, itinerary or enrollment.

Thank you!
Dr. Rusty Day, Executive Director &
Melannie Bachman, MSc, Vice President
Melannie J Bachman, MScMANTA-Marine science And Nautical Training Academy
Vice President
417 Planters Trace Dr
Charleston, SC 29412

6. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is now accepting applications for a Data Collection Intern this spring semester.
For further information and instructions, please see: https://www.marinelife.org/about/careers/data-collection-intern

7. Marine Science Camp Internship with the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, FL.
This unique paid internship will provide the opportunity to learn about marine and estuarine ecosystems of Southeast Florida by working with our day camps for ages 6-16. All camp sessions are heavily water-based and include activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and seine netting in various locations throughout Florida’s Treasure Coast region.

Interested candidates can submit application packages by Wednesday February 15, 2017. Please see attached posting for details. I appreciate your help with spreading the word!

Many thanks,
Cristin Krasco
Education Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator
Smithsonian Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium

8. South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society General Meeting Announcement – February 23, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Sunset Lakes Community Center
2801 SW 186 Avenue Miramar, Florida 33029

4 C.E.U.’s will be available for SFAPMS Members
Guests are welcome to attend and earn C.E.U. credit at a charge of $20.00

Online registration is available!

Email: info@sfapms.org
(Phone) 954.370.0041

The Boca Raton Public Library is pleased to announce its 2017 One Book Boca title, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery. The library staff chose this National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller for its funny, entertaining, touching, and profound exploration of this fascinating and intelligent sea creature and the implications regarding the connections it makes with humans. Last year, the BRPL created its first community reading experience to encourage connection among community members through the reading of one book.

Author and popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has been called “equal parts poet and scientist” by The New York Times. She is a frequent speaker at schools, museums, libraries and universities. Montgomery will discuss the book, her work and animal adventures (she is also the author of The Good Good Pig andBirdology) at the Downtown Library on February 12 at 3:00pm. Register through the calendar at bocalibrary.org. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd Avenue, in Boca Raton.

“We are thrilled to bring back our community reading initiative with bestselling author Sy Montgomery,” notes Oyuki Poletz, Program Services Librarian. “Her insight into the connection between humans and the natural world is profound.”

BRPL offers both print and eBook versions of The Soul of an Octopus for check-out by library cardholders. For groups and schools interested in hosting their own programs, the library offers a discussion guide at bocalibrary.org, and a display of Montgomery’s books for middle- and high-school students will be on display in the Youth Services section of each library.

10. Archery Trade Association is hosting an Archery Academy at the Ocala Youth Conservation Center
The Archery Trade Association is hosting an Archery Academy at the Ocala Youth Conservation Center. The Archery Academy will include a USA Archery Level 2 Certification course and cover how to implement existing beginning and intermediate archery and bowhunting programs. This is a great opportunity for those starting a new program or expanding an existing one. Read all the information below and if there are any questions my contact information is below.

When ready to register, email the following information to joshua.gold@myfwc.com.

Ocala Youth Conservation Center
7325 NE 170th Ave
Silver Springs, FL 34488
February 21st -23rd, 2017
Starting time 1pm on the 21st
Adjourning at 1pm on the 23rd
$190 1st Participant of Organization
$130 2nd Participant of Organization
Costs above include lodging, meals, membership and background screening

Thank you,
Joshua Gold
Education Coordinator, Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
2574 Seagate Drive, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Office: (850) 617-9381
Cell: (850) 510-7205

11. Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – FIU Biscayne Campus – Fri Mar 03 2017
FMSEA/FWC ASCW Pre-Workshop Notification – FIU Biscayne Campus – Miller-Walker – Fri Mar 03 2017

FIU Biscayne Campus 3000 NE 151st St
North Miami, FL 33181

FACILITATOR: Dawn Miller-Walker – dwalker@scienceeye.com

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-nmiami-170303

NOTES: The address serves the entire FIU campus. Visitor parking is in Lot 2 for $1/hour – takes quarters ($0.25/15 min) (it may take other payment, I’m not sure). The Marine Science Building is a short walk on the other side of the main campus buildings of Academic 1 and Academic 2. We will be on the first floor, room 105.

12. Information Exchange for Marine Educators – February 2017

There have been many interesting internship and fellowship opportunities coming across the listservs this month. I’ve highlighted several of them — check these out.

This newsletter is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program, with additional support from the National Marine Protected Areas Center, to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. It is intended to encourage exchange of information and programs. We hope that it will also promote collaboration among the different educators addressing similar issues in their programs. Please share this email with your colleagues and constituents. If you request materials or respond to a request for information, please mention that you learned about it in NOAA’s Information Exchange.

The information included here has been compiled from many different sources, including EE-NEWS@NAAEE, scuttlebutt, EEinGEORGIA, the Scout Report, and others. We have attempted to verify web addresses, but make no guarantee of accuracy. The Department of Commerce/NOAA does not necessarily endorse or promote the views or facts presented on these sites.
Collected archives and issues of the newsletter, past and present, are available at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/resources/education/welcome.html#exchange. To subscribe or unsubscribe to this list, send information to include in the newsletter, or discuss further enhancements, please contact the editor directly at phyllis.dermer@noaa.gov, or by phone at (865) 932-5074

Please see the attached document for details of the following resources, programs, and opportunities.

13. Call for Exhibitors is OPEN! – National Marine Educators Association
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2017 Conference will take place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina from June 25 – 29th2017! 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 Exhibitors will remain open until May 1, 2017. For more information visit exhibits.NMEA2017.org or email exhibits@nmea2017.org.

14. 2017 Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour Accepting Applications NOW!
Get a first-hand look at the role Florida’s forestry industry plays in your every day life, from your bed to your cell phone, all while earning 30 CEU hours.
The Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour brings 45 teachers from across the state to Fernandina Beach each June to see how forestry works in Florida. This four-day event demonstrates to educators that sustainability is the key to responsible forestry. Participating teachers experience all aspects of forestry practices from the planting and growing processes to the mills and end products. They also learn about chemical by-products created in the process of making paper. In short, they see the industry’s many efforts to maximize the effective and efficient use of resources.

All lodging, meals and tour transportation are provided, free-of-charge, thanks to private donations and forestry sponsorships.

Dates for the 2017 Tour are June 20-23. Applications will be accepted January 30-March 10.
To learn more about the Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour, please visit: www.FloridaStateForests.org/TeachersTour

15. Summer Internship Opportunities at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Are you, or someone you know, looking for a great summer internship? MacArthur Beach offers amazing field experiences and learning opportunities through our Natural Science Education Summer Camp program and sea turtle programs. Housing for out of state candidates may be available. For more info http://www.macarthurbeach.org/internships

How to Apply: Fill out the application found at www.macarthurbeach.org/internships and send it to cheryl@macarthurbeach.org

Veronica Frehm
Southeast Regional Director, FMSEA

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Founded in 1968, the Florida Marine Science Educators Association is a professional group of individuals and organizations devoted to the cause of aquatic education in Florida. We are a regional chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water, both fresh and salt.

First-year teachers are eligible for a free FMSEA membership. Learn more at fmsea.org/welcome.

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