Regional Reports

Regional Directors (RD) are clearinghouses for information about marine science education events, activities and opportunities. RDs create and support training and professional development opportunities and work to nurture and actively grow that professional network of marine science educators that is FMSEA’s single greatest benefit. RDs must attend and contribute to all Board Meetings.

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

April 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

This update 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.

The information included here has been compiled from many different sources, including eeNEWS@NAAEE, EEinGEORGIA, the Scout Report, scuttlebutt, NSTA Express, and others. We have verified web addresses, but make no guarantee that they will remain active. The Department of Commerce/NOAA does not necessarily endorse or promote the views or facts presented on these sites.

MPAs, Fisheries Livelihoods, and Food Security
The report Marine protected areas: Interactions with fisheries livelihoods and food security from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, offers case studies exploring experiences with aquatic protected areas in the context of livelihoods and food security.

Channel Kindness
Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation launched Channel Kindness, a digital platform featuring stories of kindness as documented by young people from around the U.S. These youth reporters identify and document the acts of generosity, compassion, and acceptance that define their generation and shape their communities. The content includes videos, first person essays, interviews with youth leaders, and more,

Teach Ocean Science was created to serve as a central location to gather ocean science education resources. The resources are teacher-approved and scientist-vetted for both classroom feasibility and scientific accuracy. Check out the STEM Lessons, myriad Education Modules, and, especially, the Ocean Science Curriculum Guide: An Introduction to Our Dynamic Ocean.

Out 2 Lunch Webinars
This webinar series from the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners offers ten-minute demos of Earth Science data tools and resources. Watch live or view the recordings. Upcoming topics include GLOBE Cloud apps and S’COOL, NOAA View Data Exploration Tool, and more. Archives include My NASA Data, Climate Explorer, and much more.

Earthzine is an online source for news, articles, information and educational materials about Earth science, Earth observations, and users of information for the Earth-observing community. The website offers news from around the world about the Earth, Earth observations, environmental policy, and new and emerging environmentally-friendly and earth-observing technologies. Topics include societal benefit areas (including climate, weather, and more), oceans, and more. Earthzine produces four seasonal themed issues per year; check out invasive species, women in STEM, and more.


Estuary Education
NOAA’s Estuary Education website has been updated with many new features, including interactive classroom activities, real time water quality and weather data exercises, simulations, and more. Check out Graphing with your Students, Estuaries 101, and much more.

Call for Papers: Coral Reefs
Earthzine, an online scientific publication, is soliciting articles its second 2017 quarterly theme, Coral Reefs. They seek articles describing contemporary issues behind the science, monitoring, and conservation of coral reefs including their interaction with human activity. The deadline for submission is June 10, 2017.

Seeking Acoustic Data
The Caribbean Humpback Acoustic Monitoring Programme, a multi-national collaborative acoustic monitoring program, seeks acoustic recordings made between October 2016 and April/May 2017 in the northern Caribbean, recordings made in the Southern Caribbean between November 2016 and May/June 2017, and recordings made in previous years, especially in the Southern Caribbean.
Contact Dr. Heather Heenehan at

Acres for America
Acres for America is a partnership between Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to provide funding for projects that conserve habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The deadline for pre-proposals is April 13, 2017.

BEST Small Grants
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Overseas Territories (OCT) is a funding opportunity for environmental projects. The lead applicant of the project must be a legal entity registered in one of the 13 OCTs and all project activities must be implemented within the territories. The deadline for application is April, 14, 2017.

Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling
The National Storytelling Network’s annual Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling is awarded for a project that focuses on the transformational properties of storytelling, to increase understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities. Educators are invited to submit a storytelling project that is service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and replicable in other places and situations. The preliminary proposal deadline is April 28, 2017.

Brower Youth Awards
The Earth Island Institute’s New Leaders Initiative offers the Brower Youth Awards, recognizing young people (ages 13-22) for their outstanding youth leadership and project impact in conservation, preservation, and restoration. The deadline for application is May 15, 2017.


Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award
The Turnaround Management Association and the John William Butler Foundation honor exceptional teachers who have changed the outcome of students’ lives and the communities in which they live, with the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards. The deadline for applications is June 12, 2017.

CERF Awards
The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation recognizes excellence in and service to the fields of coastal and estuarine science, management, and education through several scientific and service awards. The awards are presented every two years in conjunction with the biennial conference. The deadline for nomination is April 14, 2017.

Climate Adaptation Fund
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund supports projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Hurry – the deadline for pre-proposals is April 7, 2017

Every Day Capacity Building Grants
With support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the National Environmental Educational Foundation offers Every Day Grants to public land organizations or Friends Groups, to engage their community on a public land site. The events can be educational, recreational, and/or volunteering-based. The deadline for application is April 12, 2017.

From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest
As a reminder, the goal of this contest is to challenge high school students to think critically about challenges facing the ocean. This year’s contest theme is Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions. The website offers links to scientific literature, pollution websites, resources on artists and writing, and much more. The deadline for entry is June 19, 2017.

Green Difference Awards
The Green Difference Awards honor environmental excellence, innovation, and stewardship in schools, organizations, and communities across the nation. The deadline for nomination is April 7, 2017.

Green Difference Awards

Impediments to Aquaculture Grants
Sea Grant is requesting proposals addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities. Interested parties should partner with a Sea Grant program to apply. The deadline for application is April 18, 2017.

Marisla Environmental Program
The Marisla Foundation offers Environmental Program Grants for activities which promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. Primary emphasis is on marine resources conservation with a geographic focus on western North America, Chile, and the western Pacific. The next deadlines for application are April 15, 2017 and July 15, 2017..

NAAEE Conference Scholarships
Each year, the North American Association for Environmental Education offers a variety of scholarships to help educators and students attend their annual conference, to be held October 18-21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The deadline for application is June 16, 2017. Remember, the deadline for submission for conference proposals is April 10, 2017.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. There are both Standard and Small grants programs. See the website for complete details and deadlines. The next deadline for application is July 14, 2017; check the website for additional opportunities.

North Face Explore Fund
The North Face Explore Fund grant program supports non-profit organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections between children and nature. This year, they encourage organizations that focus on providing their participants with environmental stewardship opportunities as well as groups that focus on outdoor experiences to apply. Hurry – the deadline for application is April 5, 2017.

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers presents its Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award to K-12 educators who have made exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences. The deadlines for nomination differ for each area – see the website for details.

Paddle Nation Grant
Outdoor Nation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations and universities who are interested in connecting youth with their waterways through recreational paddling. This funding opportunity supports projects and initiatives that are youth-developed and that result in increased paddling participation. The deadline for application is April 14, 2017.

Patagonia Grants
Patagonia offers grants to organizations that work on root causes of problems and approach issues with a commitment to long-term change, with a focus on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support. Applications are accepted year round at retail stores and twice yearly at the headquarters, with the next deadlines for application of April 30, 2017 and August 31, 2017.

Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
The Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists invites recent doctoral graduates in the life sciences to submit an essay based on their thesis work. The categories include Ecology and the Environment. The deadline for application is July 15, 2017.

Stepping Stone Grant
These grants for Grades K–5 help fund teacher-initiated projects that foster an arts-infused approach to inquiry-based learning and emphasize a holistic methodology that addresses all learners through creativity and the incorporation of the arts as a fundamental tool for learning. The deadline for application is April 30, 2017.

Young Birder of the Year Contest
The American Birding Association sponsors the Young Birder of the Year, an annual contest for youth ages 10-18. Submissions are due by October 15, 2017, but youth must register by June 15, 2017.

2018 Young Birder of the Year Contest

YSA and First Book Read & Act Grants
First Book and Youth Service America created a collection of books that make reading an adventure, and encourage students ages 6 to 12 to think about how they can use their own skills and passions to take action in their communities. Each book in the Read & Act: Kids Making a Difference collection is paired with a downloadable tip sheet to help make connections between inspiring stories and ways to make communities a better place. The grant is available on a first come, first served basis – see the website for complete details.

How would you use $150 worth of books to inspire your students?

Zayed Global High School Prize
The goal of the Zayed Global High School Prize is to inspire future generations across the globe by instilling an ethos of sustainability from an early age, including an appreciation of issues in energy and broader sustainability. The deadline for application is July 6, 2017..

BIOS REU Internships – Bermuda
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences has received funding from the National Science Foundation for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, to support eight internships for undergraduate student research during Fall 2017. The deadline for application is May 31, 2017.

Outreach Officer/Teacher at Sea
The International Ocean Discovery Program is accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the R/V JOIDES Resolution for two upcoming expeditions: Expedition 375 Hikurangi Subduction Margin (March 8, 2018 – May 5, 2018), and 376 Brothers Arc Flux (May 5, 2018 – July 5, 2018). The deadline for application is April 17, 2017.

School of Rock Expeditions for Earth and Ocean Science Educators
Educators interested in experiencing scientific ocean drilling research can join this multi-day workshop onboard the R/V JOIDES Resolution while transiting from Subic Bay, Philippines to Townsville, Australia, July 10-27, 2017. Apply in teams of two: a secondary-level educator and an early career scientist from the same general location. Hurry – the deadline for application is April 7, 2017.

Antarctica: From Geology to Human History – Online
This MOOC (massive open online course) from the Victoria University of Wellington explores the geology and history of Antarctica. The five-week course starts April 15, 2017.

Changing Public Behavior – Online
Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment is a self-study course through the USDA’s University Extension online learning resource, designed for natural resource professionals, extension educators, and environmental educators who work with communities. Through the seven units, participants build skills in identifying and analyzing behavior change opportunities and draft a plan for increasing people’s involvement in an environmental situation.

Citizen Science Association Conference
CSA2017, May 17-20, 2017 in Twin Cities, Minnesota, offers the opportunity to make face-to-face connections with leaders in areas of science, policy, conservation, science education, and citizen science practice to inspire social responsibility through participation in citizen science.

CitSci2017 Conference Information

CoCoRaHS WeatherTalk Webinars – Online
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network is a non-profit, community-based network of volunteers measuring and mapping precipitation. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, the aim is to provide high-quality data for natural resource, education, and research applications. They offer bimonthly webinars, and archive them for those wishing to view them at a later date. Check out Weather, Climate and Phenology, Weather Underground, and much more.

Creating Climate Resilient Communities – Online
The free webinar from Island Institute’s Energy Education and Leadership program, Creating Climate Resilient Communities Through Hands-On Energy Education and Conservation, will take place April 3, 2017.

Earth Optimism Summit
The first Earth Optimism Summit will take place April 21-23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Check out the concurrent public events and live streaming, sister events around the world, and more.

Earth Science for Middle School Teachers – Texas
The Texas Space Grant Consortium is hosting this educator workshop, The Little Blue Dot — Earth Science for Middle School Teachers, June 12-15, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Participants will learn about hands-on activities designed to support the Earth science standards in grades 6-8. A stipend is available to offset costs of housing and travel.

Extremes of Life: Microbes and their Diversity – Online
This self-paced MOOC from Kyoto University investigates microbes that are able to survive in extreme environments and temperatures. The materials are divided into four units: Evolution and the Diversity of Life; Life in Boiling Water; Diversity of Extremophiles; and Genome Sequences.

Fish Field Methodology Course – Florida
REEF will host a Fish Field Methodology Course, June 4-11, 2017 in Key Largo, Florida. This course is designed for college undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring towards a career in marine biology or a related field. It covers commonly used
tools and techniques for visual assessments of reef fishes.

The theme of the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC4, September 4-8, 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile, is MPAs: bringing the ocean and people together. The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2017.


Making Sense of Climate Science Denial – Online
Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial through this MOOC from the University of Queensland. While the seven week course started March 21, 2017, enrollment is still open and it is easy to catch up.

Microplastics – Online
Join the webinar, Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs, April 13, 2017, highlighting studies funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Learn about the various types and sources of microplastics and the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris

Mother Mother Ocean – Online
Mother Mother Ocean from the University of West Florida is the first in a series of Gulf Stories, highlighting the university’s connection and engagement with the Gulf of Mexico. This free course consists of five modules lasting approximately two hours each. The deadline for registration is April 16, 2017.

NGSS Climate Education with the CLEAN Collection – Online
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection is a digital library of free climate and energy learning resources, including activities, videos, short demonstrations, and guidance for teaching. This free webinar from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, April 13, 2017, will highlight ways in which climate and energy learning is included in NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), will describe the resources available through CLEAN, and will show attendees how to use CLEAN for their NGSS needs. The deadline for registration is April 11, 2017.

Resilience: It’s Not Just Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse – Connecticut
This Climate Science & Education Professional Development Workshop from the
University of Connecticut and partners, July 11-July 13, 2017 in Groton, Connecticut, will focus on topics of climate science and resilience strategies for the northeast region of the United States, with a goal of connecting educators and their students and/or audiences to the best available science-based information and pedagogic resources.

Rivers to Reefs Educator Workshop – Georgia
Sponsored by the Georgia Aquarium and partners, participants will learn about watersheds, water quality, current aquatic issues, and a variety of aquatic ecosystems in this free workshop, June 11-16, 2017, starting from Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia teachers with a current teaching placement are eligible. The deadline for application is April 14, 2017.

Summer Institute for Climate Change – Minnesota
Climate Generation’s 2017 Summer Institute, June 26-28, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota,
will focus on their curriculum, Next Generation Climate. It is a six lesson, interdisciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum that has students investigate the cause of the global temperature change, research the major repercussions of climate change, and find out how they can monitor and minimize those repercussions.

Summer Institute 2017

Teacher Workshops – Louisiana
The Coastal Waters Consortium and partners offer free teacher workshops targeting science development with a concentration in coastal and marine sciences. Check out the upcoming workshops:
• Ship Time & Shoreline, July 10-14, 2017
• Water Quality Training, May 30-June 2, 2017

Teacher Workshops

Contact Murt Conover at

Urban Environmental Education – Online
Cornell University’s Civic Ecology lab offers the online course, Urban Environmental Education, April 10-June 4, 2017. The nominal fee may be waived for those unable to pay.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Training – Various
The following courses are offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You can search using the course code or keywords. The dates listed are course start dates
• River Assessment and Monitoring (Wildland Hydrology) CSP3410, May 8, 2017 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
• Connecting Birds with Nature, OUT8163, June 5, 2017 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota
• Wetland Assessment, Restoration and Management, CSP3106, June 19, 2017 in Willows, California
• Freshwater Mussel Identification, CSP1103, June 26, 2017 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
• Climate-Smart Conservation with Scenario Planning, ALC3187, May 15, 2017 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
• Wetland Plant Identification, CSP3107, July 17, 2017 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Watershed Webs – Gulf Coast
Watershed Webs, June 5-8, 2017 on Grand Isle, Louisiana for teachers of students in grades 5-12, focuses on the dynamics of watersheds, water quality, trash, and the WET tracker app. Teachers in the coastal parishes/counties of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are eligible to participate; if you live in an eligible area, be sure to check this out. Funding for student field expeditions and equipment may be available.

Youth Conservation Summit – Maryland
The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit for high school students, will take place April 23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The deadline for application is April 10, 2017.

Adapting to a Changing World
In the module Climate of Change from Carleton College’s InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future) program, students explore differences between climate change and climate variability, examine the ENSO system as a pattern in time and space, and examine glacial climate records as part of a role-playing game. In the activity, Adapting to a Changing World, students assess individual and national opinions on climate change and explore strategies that communities are employing to adapt to aspects of climate change already affecting them in addition to those likely to affect them in the future.

Anecdata is a free online portal for environmental citizen science projects. Researchers can share data from Excel, Google Earth, or ArcGIS and invite others to create online profiles and help with data collection. Check out the projects section, which
features current Anecdata projects from around the globe, including king tide projects, phytoplankton monitoring, and more.

Biodiversity e-Learning Platform
The Biodiversity e-Learning Platform is designed to provide a one-stop-access to e-learning modules and courses relating to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing. Currently, the platform contains 26 e-learning modules on biosafety, biodiversity valuation, and protected areas.

BirdNote Podcasts
The BirdNote podcast is a two-minute radio show that combines sounds with stories to illustrate the lives of birds and give listeners a momentary respite from the news of the day.

Climate Degregulation Tracker
This website from the Columbia Law School lists daily updates on congressional or presidential actions that will impact climate mitigation and adaptation. The site contains an easy overview of the latest actions, action types, and agencies affected, as well as expanded information on each entry.

Climate Deregulation Tracker

Coral Reef Education Portal
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation offers a standards-based coral reef curriculum on its coral reef education portal. Students can explore eleven units on topics that can be integrated into a variety of courses such as art, biology, chemistry, environmental and marine science, and physics. Check out the quizzes, videos, and much more.

Education Portal

Data in the Classroom
The NOAA Data in the Classroom website has been updated. Check out the resources on Sea Level and El Nino, and watch for Coral Bleaching, Ocean Acidification, and more.

Disney Moana Educator Packet
Disney offers a downloadable educator packet and activity guide to go along with the movie, Moana. Check out storytelling, music and rhythms of the ocean, and more.

EarthEcho Water Challenge
The EarthEcho Water Challenge is an international program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. Check out the guides and lesson plans.

Endangered Reefs, Threatened People
Check out this story map on threats to coral reefs and the people that rely on them.

EurekAlert! Marine Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s EurekAlert posts news releases about scientific developments from around the world. The Marine Science topical news portal is updated with news releases almost daily. Be sure to check out the multimedia and calendar sections.

Exploration To Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary – Online
GPB Education will stream a live exploration of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, May 10, 2017.

Exploring Ocean STEM Careers – California
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and partners invite students in grades 6-12 and their parents to an evening of Exploring Ocean STEM Careers, April 26, 2017, in San Diego, California. Students can explore scientist tables around the aquarium as they learn about tools of the trade, listen to career path stories, and more.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility is an international open data infrastructure. It allows free access to data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries. It currently includes over 30,000 data sets and data from over 200 countries. Check out the News section with featured data use, a newsletter, and more.

Marineland Lecture Series – Florida and Online
Marineland, in partnership with the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, offers this free lecture series on the third Tuesday of each month. When possible, the talks are streamed live (with a chat feature) and archived on the GTMNERR YouTube channel. Register to attend in person; space is limited.

NASA Scientific Visualization Studio
NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio and partners have teamed up to create visualizations, animations, and images in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at NASA and within the academic
research community supported by NASA. Galleries include Hurricanes and Typhoons, Arctic Sea Ice, Climate Essentials, and much more. Special Events include Carbon Consumption and the Earth’s Carrying Capacity, Warming World Snaps from Space, and more.

Next Gen Navigator
Next Gen Navigator is a monthly e-newsletter from NSTA delivering information, resources, and professional learning opportunities for science educators on the Next Generation Science Standards and three-dimensional instruction.

Nimuno Loops
For those of you working with Legos© for your STEM projects, check out this toy block tape, currently funding on Indiegogo. The reusable tape transforms any surface into a base for building blocks and components.

New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration
A downloadable report from NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s (OER) 2016 expeditions has just been released in a Supplement to the March issue of Oceanography. The report highlights OER’s work along with that of the Ocean Exploration Trust’s E/V Nautilus and Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor. The significance of U.S. Marine Protected Areas and the resources they contain was an underlying focus throughout the 2016 expeditions.

NOAA Story Maps
A new NOAA Story Map will be released monthly to highlight NOAA’s mission. The first tells about California’s Epic Winter, and the crisis at the Oroville Dam.

Ocean Exploration Expeditions
NOAA and partners are conducting two telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known deepwater areas between Samoa and Hawai’i, including the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. From April 4-21, 2017, mapping operations will start in Apia, Samoa, and ending in Pago Pago, American Samoa, with the majority of time spent within the waters of American Samoa. April 27-May 19, 2017, ROV and mapping operations start in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and end in Honolulu. Follow along with daily updates, mission logs, educational materials, and more.

Ocean Literacy Webinars
Three webinars from NMEA’s Ocean Literacy Committee have been archived for viewing online: Organizing for Ocean Literacy – Implementation at Different Scales; Exploring and Applying the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12; and Aligning the Ocean Literacy Framework to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Salt Marsh Ecology Citizen Science Projects
Scientists working to better understand the ecology of the salt marsh have created two citizen science “games” that will help them create large maps containing detailed spatial information for all the marsh species. Results will allow new insights into how salt marsh species interact with each other and with the environment. Students match overlapping photographs or identify plants and animals in unprocessed images.

Science Journal App
Students can use their Android phone or tablet to measure sound, light, and motion data in real time.

Science Teach-in Toolkit
The National Council for Science and the Environment offers a free Science Teach-In Toolkit on how institutions of higher education can organize a teach-in, including answers to frequently asked questions, a planning checklist, and tips for communicating about your event. Templates include a teach-in agenda, outreach email, and more. Check out the archive of the webinar, and check the website for future webinars.

Sea Level Rise Impact Videos
This series of ten videos from Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication highlights South Florida’s future environmental challenges related to sea level rise.

Seawall Interpretive Trail Video
Artist Boat’s Seawall Interpretive Trail (Project S.I.T.) public art program is a beautification project which transformed 70 Galveston seawall benches into educational works of art that depict the coastal and ocean heritage of Galveston Island and the Gulf of Mexico. Watch this video to see some of the benches and listen to some of the artists’ stories.

Sharks of New York
This short video from Dr. Jaws (Zachary Webb Nicholls) describes the 54 shark species that occur in the Virginian Marine Ecoregion.

Khan Academy and Pixar offer this interactive lesson about the Art of Storytelling. Pixar storyboard artists explain their creative processes and their personal favorite stories. The videos are accompanied by four activities designed to get youth to reflect on and discuss different aspects of storytelling, including memory. The initial series includes one complete tutorial; additional tutorials on storytelling are coming soon.

Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability
InTeGrate offers the Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability module on its website, a three to five-week module that provides a framework for students to learn about how people interact with water, peer into our water future, and consider ways we might foster more sustainability in water management

WikiWatershed Toolkit
The WikiWatershed Toolkit from the Stroud Water Research Center, is a web toolkit to support researchers, educators, and others to collaboratively advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water.

Wisdom of the Elders Climate Change Documentaries
Wisdom of the Elders has completed several climate change films with Tribes. The first in their series is the “The People of the Whale,” featuring the Inupiaq people of Alaska.
The Climate and Native Wisdom Documentary Film Festival will be held April 16, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

UN Environment has launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic. The #CleanSeas campaign urges governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targets industry to minimize plastic packaging and redesign products; and calls on consumers to change their throwaway habits.

Earth Day
Earth Day Network, the global organizer behind Earth Day, has created tools, resources and opportunities for teachers and students to get involved. The theme for 2017 is Environmental & Climate Literacy. Celebrate on and around April 22,2017 and plan a service project. Check out the resources, including toolkits, local campaigns, and more.

EE Week
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), April 23-29, 2017, is a celebration of environmental education, aimed at inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. Register your events, check out the blogs and news feeds, view archived webinars, and more.

Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day is April 21-23, 2017. Spread the word about your service day event, join in one of the many GYSD Partner Days of Service, and see what others in your area are planning.

Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly
This new online publication focuses on green schools, and is geared toward making healthy, sustainable K-12 institutions the rule and not the exception.

National Park Week
National Park Week is April 15-23, 2017. All parks will offer free admission April 15-16 and 22-23, 2017. Find a park near you, check out special celebrations, and more.

New Zealand Wetland Trail System
For six years, a group of Westport, New Zealand volunteers have worked to transform a muddy wasteland area by hand into stunning trails and boardwalks.

STEM All Stars
STEM All Stars is an international nonprofit organization committed towards eliminating gender differences by running a STEM competition, clubs, and events for girls around the world.

Stump the Treehugger – Texas
The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition will hold this environmental trivia contest, April 30, 2017, in Houston, Texas. during their Think and Drink for the Planet celebration. Teams of eight players each will compete in nine rounds of earthy trivia, answering eco-centric questions in categories such as Enviro 101, Soils, Politics, Government, and Eco-Justice, and more.

World Oceans Day
The Ocean Project coordinates World Oceans Day, held every year on June 8. The theme for 2017 is Our Oceans, Our Future. Check out the promotional materials, register an event, and more.
2. FWC Flying WILD workshop – April 22, 2017
Greynolds Park – Miami Gardens
See Attached Flyer for Information
3. PLT – Southeastern Forests and Climate Change Workshop!
The climate change topic challenges science teachers to accurately convey data and engage critical-thinking skills, helping student understand why there are different opinions across the American public.
This module provides activities and resources
to help educators meet these challenges.

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Greynolds Park
17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Cost: No charge!

For more information or to register contact:
Marcia Bisnett:

4. Python Patrol Training Okeeheelee Nature Center 6/17/17
by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host a Python Patrol Training on June 17, 2017 at Okeeheelee Nature Center beginning at 10:00 am.

Participants must wear long pants and closed toe shoes for the hands-on portion of the training.

All participants are encouraged to take the free optional, online training which is available at

5. Teach Ocean Science was created to serve as a central location to
gather ocean science education resources. The resources are
teacher-approved and scientist-vetted for both classroom feasibility
and scientific accuracy. Check out the STEM Lessons, myriad Education
Modules, and, especially, the Ocean Science Curriculum Guide: An
Introduction to Our Dynamic Ocean.

6. Estuary Education
NOAA’s Estuary Education website has been updated with many new
features, including interactive classroom activities, real time water
quality and weather data exercises, simulations, and more. Check out
Graphing with your Students, Estuaries 101, and much more.

7. Fall Naturalist Internship Position at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
A graduate level Naturalist Internship will provide the opportunity to gain invaluable, professional development and real-world experiences at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park (MBSP). MBSP, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon. The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats.

Naturalist Interns may elect to receive a stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. Limited housing is available, at no fee, for interns providing full time hours. If selected for housing, an intern will share a housing facility with other interns.

For more information, contact Cheryl Houghtelin at

8. Facilitator Training for Project Learning Tree
We are hosting a Facilitator Training for Project Learning Tree on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. If you have ever wanted to become a facilitator with Project Learning Tree, here is a great chance to become one. This will be a one day workshop that will train and give you the tools to become a facilitator and conduct workshops at your centers. If you know of anyone in the Southeast Florida region please pass this on. See the attached for more details.

Brian Elkins
Education Specialist
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County
7501 North Jog Rd
West Palm Beach, Fl 33412
Fax: 561-640-8956

Online Conference Registration Ending Friday!

Still on the fence about attending the FMSEA conference? Friday is the deadline for online registration. After that you will need to register at the conference itself. Don’t delay and register today.

Cast Your Ballot

If you haven’t done so already  we need you to vote by Friday. We have the following nominees running for positions on the FMSEA Board. Please cast your vote at :  DEADLINE TO VOTE IS APRIL 14TH!!! 

President-Elect Candidate:  Jennifer Fagan

Jennie is in her twenty-fourth year of teaching with fifteen of those years at Nease High School in St. Johns County teaching Marine Science.  Throughout her tenure at Nease, she has proven to be a leader in many fields including working to create the district developed Marine and Earth Space exams, along with the corresponding curriculum guides.  She also served as the science department chair for ten years.  Five years ago, Jennie brought a running club called Marathon High to Nease, where she coaches and mentors students to run the Donna half marathon to finish breast cancer.  Jennie has worked as a member of the GTMNERR volunteer sea turtle patrol for a number of years and is one of two Aquatic Species Collecting workshop facilitators in the northeast region of the state.  Jennie has had the privilege of serving as the Northeast Regional Director for the past four years and would like to continue her service to the professional organization by being considered for the office of President Elect.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve on the FMSEA board for the last four year and hope to continue to serve in the years to come.  Helping others is important to me and I have enjoyed being able to give back to the organization that has helped to shape me as the Marine Science instructor I am today.”

Panhandle Regional Director Candidate:  Charlene Mauro

Charlene Mauro is the Founder & Director of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station and future Gulf Coast Discovery Center.  Through Pensacola State College, she teaches Marine Biology and Oceanography to area dual enrollment students who in turn educate young children that attend programs on site.  In addition to serving as the Director of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, she serves as the first ever Science Specialist for the Santa Rosa County School District.  Mrs. Mauro has been awarded nearly 1 million dollars in grants to transform a vacant ranger station into a fully functional science field station, a live feed underwater reef camera (a first for the Gulf of Mexico) the traveling Discovery Depot, and a NRDA grant for a dune walkover to access the Santa Rosa Sound.

Since its official opening in August 2009, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station has been host to over 8,000 students and community members for programs

concerning the local marine environments.  The award winning programs provide inquiry based curriculum that educates and challenges participants of all ages how to be stewards of our marine environment.   Knowing the immense positive impact that scientific research and teacher professional development has made on her career, Mrs.Mauro makes at least two professional presentations annually at local, state, and national levels. Past honors include NMEA National Marine Educator of the Year, Outstanding Florida High School Science Teacher of the Year, University of Florida Distinguished Educator, FMSEA Teacher of the Year, EPA’s Presidential Award, Gulf Guardian Award, Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, University of West Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus, Johnette D. Bosarge Memorial Award, and a finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Mauro is an active member in professional and community groups including the Gulf Coast Ocean Observation Systems (GCOOS), Florida Association of Science Supervisors, National Marine Educators Association, Florida Marine Science Educators Association, National Science Teachers Association, and Rotary. By example, Charlene encourages her students to find their passion, seek opportunities, make a difference, and always continue to learn.

Charlene looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the FMSEA Board of Directors as the Panhandle Regional Director. She seeks to provide opportunities for the region’s marine science educators to engage in regional outings and aquatic species collections workshops, as well as highlighting the amazing marine science research, education, and outreach opportunities that abound in the Panhandle!

Panhandle Regional Director Candidate:  Kenya Williams

Kenya Williams is a 5th grade teacher at Breakfast Point Academy in Panama City, Florida.  She has served as the Panhandle Regional Director since 2016 and looks forward to the opportunity to serve in the role again.


Northeast Regional Director Candidate:  Karen Meyer

A native of land-locked Ohio, Karen has had a passion for all things marine since her young years when she visited Florida and observed a scuba class in session at a hotel pool. Certified to scuba dive in Ohio at the age of 15, she has pursued that passion to date. She graduated from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) with a B. S. in Biology and worked with numerous marine animals at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. Her favorite animal was the giant Pacific octopus. She then moved to Guam and earned a M.S. in Biology from the University of Guam. After her stint in the tropics, she worked for U.S. Fish & Wildlife in the Endangered Species Program in Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon the birth of her daughter, she chose to enter the educational field and taught at Germanna Community College (Fredericksburg, Virginia) prior to moving to Jacksonville, Florida. She has taught at St. Johns River State College part-time starting in 2000 and has been there full time since 2010. She is currently a professor at St. Johns, teaching biology, marine biology and environmental science.

Karen is excited about the opportunity to serve as the Northeast Regional Director to highlight the ongoing marine science education and research activities found throughout the northeast portion of Florida.

East-Central Regional Director Candidate:  Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has been an environmental educator with Brevard County Parks and Recreation since getting his B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Tech in 2000. As their Environmental Program Supervisor at Riverwalk: A Family Park he created a new marine center in 2005. In 2007, Brandon received the Florida Master Naturalist Instructor Achievement Award from University of Florida IFAS Extension. Brandon was honored in 2010, by the Marine Resources Council with the Paul Kroegel Award for Outstanding Service to the Indian River Lagoon by a Government Employee. Several honors came in 2015, receiving the Charlie Corbeil Conservation Award, FMSEA Service Award, Keep Brevard Beautiful Education Award, and their Sustainability Award.

Brandon has been the East Central Regional Director for the Florida Marine Science Educators Association since 2009. Starting 2005, he also served on the board of the Space Coast Science Education Alliance, a network of informal educators in Brevard County and became president of the organization in 2013. In 2013, Brandon became a NOAA Climate Steward working monthly with a community of educators across the nation on climate education. Also, in 2013, Brandon accepted the role as Regional Leader with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI).

I would like to continue on as regional director as I believe in the mission of FMSEA and want to continue to promote and support the organization and our members through my duties as regional director.

Southeast Regional Director Candidate:  Veronica Frehm

Veronica Frehm, born in Hawaii and raised in West Palm Beach, has worked in the Environmental Education field for over 10 years. She has educated tens of thousands of students in North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Palm Beach County. Veronica holds a Master of Environmental Education degree, and specializes in curriculum development and facilitation in the non-formal education setting. She currently works at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park as Director of Education. She facilities daily Field Experiences for students grades 1-12, and hosts professional development workshops for formal and non-formal educators from across the state of Florida. She is also in charge of the Marine Science focused summer camp at the Park. The summer camp gives children a chance to explore the Park’s four different ecosystems while kayaking to conduct bird counts, snorkeling on the rock reef to contribute to annual Fish counts, Skyping with Marine Scientists, participating in seagrass/biodiversity studies and much more. She is thrilled to serve on the Board of FMSEA as the Southeast Regional Director and looks forward to connecting educators with great resources and opportunities throughout the Southeast Region and beyond!

Southwest Regional Director Candidate:  Dana Henderson

Dana Henderson is originally from Nashville, Tennessee but knew her true passion was marine conservation. Her career began as a marine mammal teaching assistant at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS, followed by an internship researching humpback whales at the Whale Center of New England in Gloucester, MA. She worked for several years as a Marine Science Educator at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC. After a brief hiatus from marine life as Education Supervisor of the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter working with birds of prey and rehabilitating wildlife, she returned to marine science education at Mote in February 2011 as their School Programs Coordinator. She has served one term as FMSEA Southwest Regional Director. Her goal is to empower people of all ages and backgrounds to be good stewards of our marine environment and get excited about marine research.

As Southwest Regional Director the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in marine science education and I do not want that journey to end!  Being part of the FMSEA network and being able to exchange knowledge with like minded people has been a highlight of my career.  If elected, I will continue to share pertinent resources that will sharpen our ocean literacy, conservation and interpretation skills, offer more exciting regional outings for us to get out and explore the areas we so passionately teach about and work with our fabulous FMSEA board to bring you an amazing and worthwhile conference each year.

You Could Be a Winner

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) has generously budgeted a $500 financial aid scholarship for a current FMSEA member to attend NMEA 2017 in Charleston, SC during June 25-29, 2017.  FMSEA members who wish to go to NMEA 2017 but otherwise could not due to personal or professional financial hardships should only apply for this award. Please use this link to apply for the NMEA financial aid scholarship:

Deadline to apply is April 12, 2017. A random numbers generator will be used to determine the scholarship winner. The scholarship winner will be notified as soon as possible in order to register for NMEA 2017 prior to the earlybird deadline of May 1st. We will provide additional information to the scholarship winner. NMEA 2017 registration information:

BIC Bound

There are a lot of great events to check out at the Barrier Island Center in the month of April. From succulents to sea turtles you’ll find a little bit for everyone.

Oyster Restoration with Brevard Zoo

Get out and get wet while helping restore the Indian River Lagoon. Assist Brevard Zoo with their oyster deployments this season. The first one will be April 21 & 22 in Port St. John. They also have other volunteer events listed through August so sign up for a date today.

Dive in Deep with NOAA

NOAA Ocean Exploration Webinar for Educators – Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin 2017 Expedition

The 2017 field season is well underway! Join scientists from around the world as they explore the deepest, darkest reaches of our planet’s last unknown frontier, and hear them discuss their findings and watch as true discoveries unfold!

The Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin Expedition will run from April 27 through May 19, 2017, and will investigate unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll, and Jarvis Island units of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, around the Cook Islands Marine Park, and the high seas.

Mark your calendars for a Webinar for Educators on April 20, 7 PM EST/1 PM HST. This 1 hour presentation will share the science behind the expedition and online resources for educators to help bring this expedition to life in your classroom. Register now!

Another webinar for Educators will be hosted on April 27, 7 PM EST/1 PM HST to introduce the

Exploring the Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll: Honoring the Legacy of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Expedition. This expedition will take place May 2 through May 16, 2017.

You can watch the ROV Deep Discover’s live video feeds on your computer here. You can also download our free mobile app (for iOS or Android devices) that will allow you to bring the excitement of ocean discovery directly to your smart phone or tablet.

Or visit our website to see exciting discoveries we have made thus far this year.  An overview of the entire 2017 field season can be found here



There is just so much going on I couldn’t wait another month to fill you all in.

Judge Needed ASAP

We are in need of a judge for a special FMSEA Award at the State Science Fair. Judging is Wed., Mar 29 at the Lakeland Center. If you can help contact Jaclyn Gerakios at and Maia McGuire at for more details.

Award Deadline Extended

Were you unable to nominate someone for the John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year Award? Not to worry, we have extended the deadline to April 8. Nominate a colleague or yourself today using the online nomination form.

Going… Going… SOLD!

Your help is needed with the FMSEA Silent Auction being held at the annual conference. You don’t even have to attend the conference to assist (though I wouldn’t recommend missing it) as you can help from your home. Do you know of organizations that might have items or experiences that would sell well in our auction. Help us solicit them with the silent auction donation letter or collect the item and enter it into our auction donation form. I could also use help following up with donors we’ve reached out to and help at the conference itself. Contact me if you’d like more information.

Speaking of the Conference

Have you signed up yet? If you haven’t what are you waiting for? We’re having the conference in one of my favorite parts of the state, St Augustine. The abundance of The Hyppo popsicle locations alone (who have also donated to the silent auction) are reason enough to go, not to mention all the great speakers, workshops, field trips, and events we have going on.

Tracking Terrapins

Brevard Zoo needs your help to locate diamondback terrapins. Learn more about the program and participate in citizen science by reporting your diamondback terrapin sightings through this link.

 Oysters on the Half Shell

Everyone needs a home, including oysters. Come to Brevard Zoo’s monthly workshops around the county and learn about how an oyster grows and thrives in the Lagoon. You’ll build an oyster mat that will be later deployed in the Lagoon and serve as a home to settling oyster larvae. Our next workshop is March 25.

Become a Master Naturalist

The upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program in our region is:

Coastal Systems

  • Brevard: 4/21-5/20/17, Running 6pm-9pm on Fridays and 8am-5pm on Saturdays (with a break during the FMSEA conference)

Aquatic Collection Permit Workshops

Get your collection certificate to use fish and inverts in your education programs at these various workshops. The cost is $25 for the certificate that is valid for 3 years.

  • Brevard:  4/1/17, 10a-1p at Riverwalk Park in Rockledge


The name can stand alone as a title. Join the Marine Discovery center on April 1 for a fun day of food trucks, lagoon and environmental exhibitors, cardboard boat races, and even a mermaid. See the Lagoonacy Flyer or visit the website for more information.

Marineland Lecture Series

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 10-11 am EDT, Jeremy Owens, Ph.D., will be presenting on why it’s important to study Earth’s ancient climate (100,000 to millions of years ago) and what evidence he and his colleagues use to understand it. Dr. Owens will explain what carbon isotopes are and how they have been used to understand the climate. He’ll also explain how ocean oxygenation is connected to the carbon cycle. These lines of evidence are pointing to ways modern, human induced, changes in the climate are changing faster than past natural climate change. Dr. Owens is a post-doctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tune in live at 10am EDT by going to You’ll also be able to ask questions during the presentation via the link provided. We look forward to having you join us!!

eBooks for the trail

All 4 sections Great Florida Birding Trail Guides are now available as eBooks from Amazon.

They also have extended their wings over Florida program to butterflies. Take part in the Wings Over Florida butterfly program at 4 birding trail sites. If you are visiting Oakland Nature Preserve, Orlando Wetlands Park, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and Key West Botanical Gardens keep a tally of how many different butterfly species you see and then ask a member of staff about getting your zebra longwing certificate. This fun program is great for families…you only need to see 10 different butterfly species to earn your first certificate! As always you can apply for certificates online.

All Expenses Trip to Australia

We are pleased to announce the 2017 School of Rock professional development workshop on board the JOIDES Resolution while it is in transit from Subic Bay Philippines to Townsville Australia. Dates ~10 -27 July 2017. It is designed for pairs of early career scientists and secondary-level educators applying together. You will learn all about how scientific ocean drilling reveals Earth’s secrets! If accepted, all expenses are paid. To find out more and apply, visit So grab a scientist and apply today.

Until next month…

University of Florida summer programs for teachers and students

by Jennie Fagan 2017/03/16 Northeast

2017 Teacher Summer Programs   CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens Two-week research program for high school teachers from June 18-30 $1300 stipend upon successful completion CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens focuses on infectious diseases and translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics. This project creates and expands partnerships that connect university researchers with high school teachers to […]

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March 2017 Regional Update

by Veronica 2017/03/09 Southeast

Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members! Below is the March Regional Update. Please let me know if you have any questions – happy to help in any possible way! Sincerely, Veronica March 2017 Southeast Regional Update: 1. FMSEA 2017: FMSEA ON THE FIRST COAST: SHINING LIGHT ON OCEAN LITERACY is now open! MAY 4 – MAY 7, […]

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East Central Regional Update March 2017

by Brandon 2017/02/28 East Central

I have a lot to share with you this month. First we’ll start with all things conference. I’m very excited we are holding this year’s FMSEA Conference, May 4-7, in one of my favorite Florida City’s, St Augustine. Registration is now open and the early bird deadline ends on March 31, so register today. Remember scholarships […]

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Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Fernandina Beach

by Jennie Fagan 2017/02/16 Northeast

Kathy Russell will be hosting an Aquatic Species Collection workshop at the Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, from 2-4 on Saturday February 25.  If you are in need of this certificate or you need to renew now is a great time to do it!    

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February 2017 Regional Update

by Veronica 2017/02/14 Regional Reports

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! Sincerely, Veronica February 2017 Southeast Regional Update: 1. FMSEA 2017: FMSEA ON THE FIRST COAST: SHINING LIGHT ON OCEAN LITERACY is now open! MAY 4 – MAY 7, […]

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East Central Update January 2017

by Brandon 2017/01/14 East Central

I just had the pleasure of touring our conference locations for this year in St. Augustine and I think you’ll be very excited when you see them too. Besides having a great conference agenda lined up at some gorgeous sites there is also so much to do in the U.S.’s oldest city that you’ll want […]

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January 2017 Regional Update

by Veronica 2017/01/11 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! Sincerely, 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 […]

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