June 2017 Southeast Regional Update:
Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members!
Below is the June Regional Update. Please let me know if you have any questions – happy to help in any possible way!

June 2017 Southeast Regional Update:
1. Now Hiring at the Marine Science Station, Crystal River, FL
The Marine Science Station in Crystal River, Florida, a Citrus County School District educational facility, is now hiring a dedicated and passionate marine science educator. This position is ideal for those interested in teaching hands-on laboratory and field-based lessons to elementary and secondary students on land, aboard boats, and literally within habitats of coastal springs, rivers, estuaries, and the Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about the Marine Science Station, go to To learn more about the Citrus County School District, a State of Florida High Performing School District, go to

Job Summary
This is a full-time position as the Marine Science Station Teacher at the Citrus County School District’s Marine Science Station in Crystal River, Florida. The Marine Science Station Teacher’s primary job goal is to implement experiential student learning activities in a classroom/lab setting, aboard the Marine Science Station vessels, and within the coastal waters of Citrus County and the Gulf of Mexico. The Marine Science Station Teacher provides hands-on content in marine biology, oceanography, coastal ecology, and environmental science. Other responsibilities include aquatic animal care, aquarium life support maintenance, maintenance of teaching resources, grant writing, basic vessel and field equipment maintenance, and other incidental tasks consistent with the objectives of the position.

Bachelor’s degree with State of Florida educational certification/eligibility in Biology (Marine Biology emphasis) or related science field. Competence in subject matter assigned to teach, including Marine Biology, Physical Oceanography, Ecology, and Environmental Science. Working knowledge of computer applications and educational technology. A valid USCG Master Captain License (or willingness to obtain) and First Aid/CPR/AED certification (or willingness to obtain).

To successfully perform within this position, applicants should have the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies:
Professionally committed; genuinely interested in child development; dynamic and engaging personality; highly developed interpersonal skills; highly developed oral and written communication skills; educational creativity; and leadership ability.
Skilled in teaching aquatic and marine science to elementary and secondary students who possess a diverse array of learning modalities.
Skilled in water-based, outdoor education and able to work in physically demanding environments.
Skilled in the proper and safe operation of vessels (i.e., power boats, canoes, kayaks) and knowledgeable of their basic maintenance.
Ability to effectively and appropriately communicate with youth and adults.
Ability to work independently as well as in professional collaborative groups.

Physical Requirements
Heavy work. Must be able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently as needed to move objects. Must be able to swim well and use snorkeling equipment. Must be able to work in adverse physical and weather conditions found in Florida throughout the year. Consistently exposed to outdoor biological and physical elements present on the Marine Science Station campus, aboard vessels, and in the water.

Terms of Employment
Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Base starting salary is $35,000. The length of the work year is 10 months, 196 days with the option of extra duty camp days during the summer and possibly weekends.

How to Apply
Go to
Click on “Employment”
Click on “Job Postings and Complete an Application”
Click on “Click to view current job openings”
Scroll through “All Posted Positions”
On the left side, click on the square to select the Marine Science Station Teacher position opening.
On the right side, click on “Apply for Selected Positions”
New users must create a user profile to begin the application process.
Please be sure to follow the application directions carefully.
Please be sure to attach a resume and any letters of recommendation at the end of the online application process.

If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact me either by email or phone, (352) 795-4393.

Thank you,
Earnie Olsen
MSS Supervisor

Citrus County School District
12646 West Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-4393 office
(352) 249-2140 fax
2. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is now accepting applications for Data Collection Interns this fall semester.

For further information and instructions, please see:
3. AGU Fall Meeting
This is a unique opportunity for K-12 students. In December of 2017, there will be a poster session for students at the AGU Fall Meeting 2017 which will be held in New Orleans, Louisianna. The Bright STaRS poster session <> is a unique opportunity for students to share research at a scientific meeting.

Here’s the session information:

Bright STaRS: Bright Students Training as Research Scientists Poster Session
K-12 students are producing quality Earth, space and ocean scientific research in summer, in-school, and after-school programs. These students are readily exposed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math practices and are often encouraged and involved with adults and/or scientists to investigate Earth, space and ocean attributes including testing variables and monitoring the environment. The goal of this session is to give K-12 students a platform to communicate their research to scientists, educators and peers in order to gain best practice research and presentation skills. The science should be presented through art or poster format by students themselves. K-12 students throughout the world are encouraged to connect with conveners to submit their projects well in advance of the abstract deadline. The lead author on the abstract must be a K-12 student.


If you have a student that is interested in submitting an abstract, please EMAIL Elizabeth Eubanks with your contact information and the students’ contact information no later than June 29, 2017 and we will send you further instructions.

NOTE: This process is SEPARATE from the normal AGU meeting abstract process. Typically, student abstracts are due by mid July.


There will NOT be any travel support for this meeting. Students will need to find their own funding to get to/from the meeting.

For questions, please contact Elizabeth Eubanks:


4. Information Exchange for Marine Educators – NOAA

Ocean Management
Navigating the seascape of ocean management: waypoints on the voyage toward
sustainable use, is a new paper published on for policy makers,
managers, and students. It provides a short history of ocean management, its
conceptual foundations, modern frameworks for it, and numerous real world examples of how these concepts and frameworks are being applied.

West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands
The Educational Resource website for the documentary film series, West of the West:
Tales from California’s Channel Islands, offers downloadable resources supporting the
content of eleven tales in the film. For each tale, there is a summary of the film
segment, teacher lesson plans with headings detailing subject and grade level
appropriateness, and more.

Hidden World of National Parks
This award-winning Google Arts and Culture page was developed in collaboration with
the National Parks Service. The website allows visitors to experience wonders at five
different national parks in the United States: Kenai Fjords National Park, Hawai’i
Volcanoes National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Bryce Cannon National Park, and Dry Tortugas National Park. Visitors can take a virtual tour of each park headed by a park ranger. Spend some time here when you need a jolt of beauty to counter the news of the day.

Ocean as a Classroom
The World Ocean Observatory offers the Ocean as a Classroom with links to online
resources. Themes include Marine Biology, Coastal Issues, and much more. The
Curriculum Catalog provides a list of links to educational content, lesson plans, and
educational activities for kindergarten through secondary programs. Additional
resources include Ocean Careers links, Visualization Theater, and more.

Teach the Earth
Teach the Earth is a portal to thousands of resources from dozens of Earth Education
websites. Course topics include Ecology, Oceanography, and more. Other major
themes include Incorporating Society Issues, Enhancing your Teaching, and more.
Spend some time browsing this great portal, hosted by the Science Education Resource
Center (SERC) at Carleton College.

Coral Reef Alliance Conservation Prize
This award recognizes coral reef conservation leaders from around the world and
supports outstanding local coral reef conservation efforts. The deadline for nomination
is June 9, 2017.

2017 CORAL Conservation Prize

Competitive Program for Science Museums
The NASA Office of Education offers funding for the 2017 NASA Research
Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA
Visitor Centers. Projects should feature NASA-themed content, which includes Earth
science. The deadline for proposals is June 19, 2017.{DEC

Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants
The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides small grants to organizations which promote
the vision of the foundation: advocating for environmental health and justice,
encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of

Delaware Wetland Warrior Awards
Delaware’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is seeking nominations for the 2017
Delaware Wetland Warrior Award, for students, teachers, organizations, or businesses
that have demonstrated exemplary efforts to benefit Delaware wetlands in the areas of
outreach and education, monitoring and assessment, or restoration and protection. The
deadline for education applications is June 23, 2017; for professional, October 2, 2017.

Disney Summer of Service Grants
Disney and Youth Service America will award Summer of Service Grants to 26
organizations to incorporate youth-led service projects into summer activities. Hurry –
the deadline for application is June 4, 2017.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Environment Program Grants
The mission of the program is to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife
habitat and create efficient built environments. Grants are given in four key program
areas, including Land Conservation in an Era of Climate Change, Strengthening the
Conservation Field, and more.

Every Kid in a Park Funding
Fourth grade teachers can request funding to help cover transportation costs and more,
to a U.S. national park, forest, wildlife refuge or other national public lands and waters.
Applications must be submitted by a National Park Service staff person, and programs
can be operated by Friends Group or other NPS approved partner. The deadline for
application is June 9, 2017.

Funky Nests in Funky Places
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology encourages submission of photos, artwork, or stories
about Funky Nests in Funky Places. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2017.

Funky Nests 2017

Glide Foundation Grants
These grants are available for land and wildlife conservancy groups, preservation of land in its natural state, and more.

Grants & Contests
The California Department of Education and the California Regional Environmental
Education Community (CREEC) Network have updated the CREEC website with new
features. The Grants & Contests section offers grants with rolling deadlines, absolute
deadlines, and student contests.

SavingSpecies Grant
SavingSpecies helps local conservation groups purchase land for conservation and
habitat restoration, and may consider projects for restoration of habitat on land that is
within an existing protected area. They offer grants for the purchase and restoration of
land that connects existing habitat fragments, or that prevents isolation of habitat that
would otherwise continue due to habitat loss.

Science for Nature and People Partnership
The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) envisions a world where
protecting and promoting nature works in concert with sustainable development and
improving human well-being. SNAPP has convened 23 working groups tackling a
diversity of global conservation problems. Working groups fall under four thematic
areas: Food Security & Nature; Water Security & Nature, Community; Resilience &
Climate Change; and Ecosystem Services & Biodiversity Benefits. Hurry: the deadline
for submission is June 7, 2017.

Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants
The National Weather Association awards grants to K-12 teachers to improve the study
of meteorology. Selected teachers can use the funds to take accredited courses, attend
workshops and conferences, or purchase materials for the classroom. Hurry – the
deadline for application is June 5, 2017.

NWAF Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants

EDGE Fellowships
The Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence program focuses on threatened
species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. They are
accepting applications for the fellowship program from in-country early-career
conservation biologists or wildlife managers. This year, they are looking specifically for
potential fellows from Latin America and the Wider Caribbean to design and conduct
research projects on one (or more) species of EDGE Coral. They will also consider
submissions from the diving community and anyone who is passionate about their local
reef and would relish the opportunity to learn more. The deadline for application is June
16, 2017.

Summer Camps – Alaska
The Prince William Sound Science Center offers a variety of summer camp opportunities for high school students, including restoration, stewardship, and more. Scholarships may be available.

Alabama Water Watch Workshops – Alabama
The 4-H Alabama Water Watch Program offers two upcoming Exploring Our Living
Stream workshops, June 13-15 and June 26-28, 2017, and a Bacteriological Monitoring
Workshop, July 20, 2017. Participants receive certification and much more. See the
website for full details.

Training Workshops

Bringing Finance and Conservation Together – Online
The Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation was launched to develop
investment models and funding pipelines for conservation and sustainable development. Three of the coalition’s initial focus areas are coastal resilience, green infrastructure for watersheds, and sustainable coastal fisheries. Join the webinar hosted by the EBM Network and partners, July 25, 2017.

Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs – Online
This free, six-week MOOC (massive, online, open course) from the University of British
Columbia uses case studies to explore how ecology can guide urban design to avert
environmental disasters and improve people’s lives. Though it started May 24, 2017, it
will be easy for late enrollees to catch up.

Ecosystems of the Central Valley Flood Plain Institute – California
The Floodplain Ecology Institute, June 12-15, 2017 in Fresno, California, will include
content focused on Central Valley floodplain, delta, riparian, and watershed ecology, andincludes Project WET Certification Course. A stipend may be available. valley-flood-plain- GOES-S Educator Workshop at Lockheed Martin – Colorado

Learn about the GOES-R satellite series and tour Lockheed Martine with fellow
educators, August 23, 2017 in Littleton, Colorado. The tour will include STEM resources
and more. Stipends may be available.

ISRS Call for Abstracts
The deadline for abstract submission for the International Society for Reef Studies
sponsored European Coral Reef Symposium, December 13-15, 2017 in Oxford,
England, is June 30, 2017.

Marine Litter – Online
The Open Universiteit, UN Environment, and partners offer this eight week MOOC on
Marine Litter as part of the #CleanSeas campaign. While it started May 22., 2017, it is
still open for enrollment and late joiners will be able to catch up. The course seeks to
inspire students to take action and leadership in the area of marine litter through
stimulating interaction with all stakeholder groups. Two tracks are available: a
leadership track and an expert track.

Ocean Exploration Workshop – Louisiana
NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Program and partners offer Exploring the Deep Ocean with
NOAA Professional Development Workshops for Educators. Participants will receive
classroom-ready lessons, certificates of participation, and other resources. Contact the
noted educator or check out the website for registration and more information. • June 20, 2017 with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana. The deadline for registration is May 30, 2017. Contact Stephanie Smith at

Rising Tides Mentoring Program
The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) offers the Rising TIDES 2017
Conference Mentoring Program, which will jointly support ten underrepresented minority
students and mentors to attend the Biennial CERF Conference, November 5-9, 2017 in
Providence, Rhode Island. The program includes financial support to participate in a
Rising TIDES workshop, scientific sessions throughout the week, and other conference
activities. The deadline for recommendations is July 7, 2017.

Service-Learning Educator Institutes – Various
The National Youth Leadership Council will host two Service-Learning Educator
Institutes, June 20-21, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota; and July 11-12, 2017 in Phoenix,
Arizona. The New York State Association of Independent Schools will host a Summer
Service Learning Institute, July 18-20, 2017 in Rensselaerville, New York.

Summer Discovery Cruises – Michigan
Learn about the Great Lakes with Michigan Sea Grant during their 2017 Summer
Discovery Cruises season. There are educational cruises around themes such as
Fisheries, Wetlands, Weather, and more. Cruises for educators wanting to enhance the
use of Great Lakes content in their teaching are also provided, with stipends.


Teachers on the Estuary Workshops – Various
NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves are offering many Teachers on the
Estuary programs this spring and summer around the country. Check out the 2017
Workshop Calendar page for the specific workshops and contact information. Hurry –
application deadlines for the free workshops are approaching quickly.
Trash-Free Waters Webinar Series – Online

This webinar series hosted by the EPA promotes increased knowledge and
understanding of the sources, distribution and impacts of plastics and microplastics in
the environment. Plastics in the Deep Sea streams May 30, 2017. Sign up for
newsletters to be advised of upcoming events. Recordings of the webinars and links to
resources are available online.

Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunities – Online
Join NOAA’s Climate Stewards Project for this webinar, June 5, 2017. The speaker will
explain research surrounding inoculation and misconception-based learning, describe
practical case studies, and point to resources based on this teaching approach.

Vanishing Treasures Workshops – Various
The NPS Vanishing Treasures Program is offering 15, two- to four-day technical and
cultural resource management preservation workshops across the western U.S. in 2017. The program supports the preservation of traditionally-built architecture, facilitates the perpetuation of traditional skills, and promotes connections between culturally
associated communities and places of their heritage. Check the facebook or the contact
us links for information.

Above the Noise KQED public television and radio station offers the YouTube show, Above the Noise,designed to help teenagers develop the skills to assess the validity of science news reports. The short videos examine the kind of recent scientific headlines that affect teens, and include Top 4 Tips To Spot Bad Science Reporting, Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News?, and more.

Alignment of Marine Biology to NGSS and Common Core
Mark Friedman has posted PowerPoint presentations from an NSTA workshop on
alignment of Marine Biology to NGSS and Common Core. Please share them as widely
as possible. The presentations are available for free download and use. Be sure to
open the first two documents for links to free marine biology courses and more.

America Adapts Podcast
The America Adapts podcast explores the challenges presented by adapting to climate
change and approaches that may already be working. Podcasts include ground truthing
sea level rise, disaster management meets climate adaptation, and much more.!podcasts

California Coastal Voices
California Coastal Voices is a free, project-based learning tool designed to address
California’s Next Generation Science and Common Core standards. The six units
introduce students to coastal conflicts, challenges, and scientific and policy issues, with
emphasis on problem solving and communication. Links and resources include
discipline-specific thematic slides shows and much more.

Clearing Magazine
CLEARING, the Pacific Northwest Journal of Community-based Environmental Literacy
Education, is a print and online publication that provides information that can be used in
classrooms or outdoor settings. It includes activities and lesson plans, curriculum
resources, and more. Sign up for the free mailing list to get the latest stories every
month. They have established monthly themes to encourage submissions, including
STEM Best Practices (July), Marine/Aquatic Education (September), Art and the
Environment (April) and much more. The deadline for submission is the 15th of the
month prior to the theme month. Be sure to check this out and submit your articles.

Print Editions and Compendiums

Climate Change Links
The city of Chicago now hosts climate change information previously hosted on the
EPA’s website and includes active links to background information, adaptation, and

Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands
This video focuses on the science of climate change and its impacts on wildlife and their
habitats in the U.S. There are short sections on coral reefs, migrating birds and their
breeding grounds, and more. The video concludes with some discussion about
solutions, including backyard habitats, citizen scientists, and more.

Connected Science Learning
Connected Science Learning is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between in-school and out- of-school settings. It features articles about highly effective programs, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration.

Coral Reef Management Learning Module
This module offers a brief look into how the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council manages corals throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The online learning module covers unique coral reefs of the Gulf of Mexico, coral management areas in the Gulf of Mexico, endangered species act, octocorals, live rock management, and references.

Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs and Their Regional Connectivity Expedition
From May 15 – June 13, 2017, the R/V F.G. Walton Smith will circumnavigate Cuba,
conducting daily remotely operated vehicle dives to focus on the mesophotic reef sites. Follow along with the research expedition to discover and characterize the extent of
mesophotic reefs in Cuba and to compare the health and connectivity among the
mesophotic and shallow coral reef systems in Cuba and the United States. Check out
the mission logs, educational resources, and more.

Designing Project Based Learning Using the Environment
Ten Strands works to strengthen partnerships and strategies to foster environmental
literacy for California’s K–12 students. Their website hosts the article, How to Use the
Environment to Design Project Based Learning Experiences, describing examples of
student projects and offering links to more information.

Registration is open for the fall 2017 mission for the Sally Ride EarthKAM @ Space
Camp program. During the mission, students worldwide may submit requests to have a
camera aboard the International Space Station capture an image of a specific location
on Earth. Related resources, including images and activities, are available for use in the

ENOW Explorer
NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management offers this tool, which streamlines the task of
obtaining and comparing economic data, both county and national, for the six sectors
dependent on the ocean and Great Lakes: living resources, marine construction, marine
transportation, offshore mineral resources, ship and boat building, and tourism and
recreation. Data are derived from Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW), available
on NOAA’s Digital Coast. Be sure to check out Econ 120, two-minute videos on
economic concepts.

Environmental Education Resources for Teachers and Students
These free resources were developed by the New Bedford Public Schools’ Sea Lab and
partners. Materials include Biomagnification Role Play; New Bedford Harbor: Go Fish!
Activity; and much more. and-students

Flickr: The Commons
From Flickr comes The Commons, a project that seeks to catalogue public photography
collections from around the world. There are currently over 100 participating museums,
libraries, and other institutions. Visitors can browse this collection by participating
institution or simple text search.

Global Reef Tracker Database
The Reef Check Global Reef Tracker Database offers 20 years data and includes coral
cover, fish, coral bleaching, and many other parameters for more than 10,000 surveys in over 90 countries.

Global School of Service
Youth Service America is partnering with K-12 schools around the world that are
creating a culture of service school-wide or district-wide where students develop and use skills to apply their learning to address the world’s challenges. Participating schools will be supported by grant opportunities, technical assistance, and more.

Honoring Tribal Legacies
The National Park Service and University of Oregon funded a diverse team of educators
to design Honoring Tribal Legacies, seven model curricula available to educators so they can integrate Native American Tribal perspectives into curricula at all grade levels and in multiple subject areas.. While not marine environmental education, the materials can serve as a design model for cross-curricular materials.


Horseshoe Crabs
NOAA’s Ocean Today Every Full Moon features videos about all aspects of the ocean
and was originally designed for the National Museum of Natural History’s Sant Ocean
Hall, with a new collection of videos released each month. Check out the latest,
Horseshoe Crabs, along with others on the website.

Introduction to Invasive Species Video
Ecology Project International is launching a series of issue videos that touch on their
work with teachers and students at their program sites. The first is What makes some
species run wild? Follow along on their facebook page for more videos and classroom ready content in the future.

Investigating the Effect of Warmer Temperatures on Hurricanes
In this activity from Teach the Earth, students investigate the link between ocean
temperatures and hurricane intensity, analyze instrumental and historical data, and
explore possible future changes.

JASON Live with STEM Role Models
JASON Learning connects youth with STEM role models through this live, interactive
webcast series. On the day of the live event about 30 minutes prior to the start time, the
event’s landing page on the website is updated with instructions on how to access the
live video feed along with a link/form to get to it. No advanced sign-up is required. On- demand video archives of each live event are available for later viewing on the website
and on JASON’s YouTube channel.

Let’s Talk About Water
Part of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE)
Environmental Issues Forums series, Let’s Talk About Water provides a step-by-step
guide to developing discussion materials to get a community to learn about and consider water issues. There is also a worksheet for developing your own discussion material.

Let’s Talk Trash
This interactive comic book allows visitors to join a field trip to learn about marine debris, and dig debris out of the “sand.”

Scientists have created an online database, LITTERBASE, with the goal of centralizing
scientific research on global ocean pollution. They have taken the results of more than
1000 studies and turned them into interactive maps and infographics that make
information about ocean pollution and its effects on animals more accessible and
searchable for the public.

Marine Spatial Planning Map
This U.N. website hosts a map linking to summaries of MSP processes worldwide. Click
on a location to explore how countries are using Marine Spatial Planning to encourage
compatible uses, reduce use conflicts, and balance sustainable use and marine

Marine Species Identification Portal
The Key to Nature Program hosts the Marine Species Identification Portal, an extensive
collection of diagrams, photographs, and descriptions of hundreds of marine species.
Visitors can explore these species alphabetically or by category.

Micronesian Outer Islands Expedition
The One People One Reef project has embarked on an expedition to survey the reefs
and meet with communities in the outer islands of Yap state, Federated States of
Micronesia. The goals are to assess reefs, work with communities to implement
fisheries monitoring, and share information about their reefs and management. They will
post updates as their satellite connections allow.

Our Blog

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library
The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is a collection of public-domain
photographs and short video clips from the 14 marine protected areas managed by
NOAA. Photo galleries include Human Impact, Maritime Heritage, and more. Visitors
can also search by keyword, media type, and more.

Octonauts Corner
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and the Octonauts, a team of
undersea adventurers, are on a mission to explore underwater worlds, rescue sea
creatures, and protect the ocean. Check out the Deep Sea Creature Chart and Creature

Ready for Hurricanes
The latest NOAA Story Map, Ready for Hurricanes, focuses on NOAA’s effort to prepare
the nation for Hurricane Season. It discusses new technologies.

ROV Loan Program
The MATE Center has a variety of kits and resources to help design and build an ROV,
which can be used at summer camps and other programs. Check out the video and use
the contact form for inquiries.

Steller Watch
NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center launched the citizen science project, Steller
Watch. Participants are asked to review photos of endangered Steller sea lions from
unmanned, automatic cameras monitoring beach sites in the remote western Aleutian
Islands in Alaska, and note if they see any marked sea lions.

STEM for ALL Video Showcase
More than 150 federally funded projects showcased three-minute videos of their
innovative work broadening participation and access to STEM education. Check these

Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change
This book includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on
teaching a subject that has become polarized. The focus audience is high school Earth
science and environmental science teachers, and it is written with an eye toward the
kind of information and graphics that a secondary school teacher might need in the
classroom. A pdf version is available as a free download.

Teacher-Friendly Guides to the Earth Science of the United States
The Paleontological Research Institution offers a national series of seven Teacher- Friendly Guides™ to regional Earth science, covering all 50 states. Illustrated chapters
are available as free pdf downloads, and some are available for purchase.

The True Size Of…
Portraying the globe on a two-dimensional map distorts the true size of different
countries and regions. This website enables visitors to compare the size of different
countries and shapes and see how the Mercator projection has influenced our
perceptions of country size. Visitors can move a highlighted country around and
superimpose it on any other region in order to make area comparisons.

The Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios process supports
planning by local decision makers concerned about coastal management and climate
change vulnerability and adaptation. The VCAPS process is intended to help
communities become more resilient to weather and climate change.

Virtual Dive Gallery
The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has just launched a Virtual Dive
Gallery accessible on any computer or mobile device, complete with immersive 360- degree views of five national marine sanctuaries: American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray’s Reef, and Thunder Bay. The virtual dives take users underwater for a scuba diver’s view of these national marine sanctuaries, allowing visitors to navigate through the dive sites as if there in person.

Wind for Schools Project
The U.S. Department of Energy funds the Wind for Schools project. Students at higher
education institutions join Wind Application Centers and serve as project consultants for
small wind turbine installations at rural elementary and secondary schools. Teacher
training and hands-on curricula are implemented at each K-12 host school to bring the
wind turbine into the classroom through interactive and interschool research tasks.

NMEA Osprey Banding – Maryland
Join fellow National Marine Educators Association members for a hands-on conservation research opportunity, July 1, 2017 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The field outing includes a presentation on ospreys, followed by on-water stops at osprey nests where 6- 8 week-old chicks will be collected, banded, and released back to their nest.

Tea Bag Index
The Tea Bag Index is a citizen science project that measures global tea bag
decomposition. Following an easy protocol, participants bury two tea bags and then dig
them up and submit weight data following decomposition. The weights indicate the
rate of plant decay in a specific location, which is influenced by the amount of carbon in
a particular location. This offers information about the impact of greenhouse gasses in
the local environment. Help increase participation in this project.

Teatime 4 Science

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 plastic pollution resources, register an event, and more.

May 2017 Southeast Regional Update:
Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members! It was SO GREAT to meet some of you at the FMSEA Conference! We discussed a lot of great ideas about possible Regional Outings and other ways to make FMSEA the best it can be.

Below is the May Regional Update. Please let me know if you have any questions – happy to help in any possible way!

May 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.

Instrumentl is an automated grant assistant for nonprofits and researchers. Users can set up a project and it will search for active funding opportunities. It also offers a built-in project management tool that can be used to save favorite grants, receive deadline reminders, and more. It offers a short term free trial. Be sure to check out the medium feed for Instrumentl grants, currently highlighting water, wildlife research, environmental education grants and more.

Water Grants
Check out these 16 water grants, highlighted from Instrumentl. Granting entities (and deadlines) include Park Foundation (June 7, 2017), Woodard & Curran (July 1, 2017), Coca-Cola (rolling), and more.

Skype a Scientist
Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms of any grade from around the country to answer any questions students might have, through Skype or Google Hangout. Currently, there are over 130 scientists from over 60 Universities around the world ready to talk to classrooms. Sessions would be at least 30 minutes long but could also be tailored to your class length.

Alcoa Foundation Grants
Alcoa Foundation invests in education and the environment where Alcoa has a presence to further sustainability and to partner with communities in addressing local needs as they adapt to a changing world. Check the website for eligibility. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

Best Buy Community Grants
The Best Buy Foundation helps provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices through Community Grants to local and regional nonprofits organizations. See the website for complete details, along with national grants criteria. The deadline for application is May 19, 2017.

Community Grants

Bogs Outdoor Education Grant
Bogs Footwear awards grants to projects that focus on connecting youth with outdoor education opportunities. The goal is to provide scholarships and grants to remove financial barriers, so all kids can grow and learn outdoors. The deadline for application is May 19, 2017. Free registration is required.

Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards
These awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing sustainable tourism good practices in the Caribbean. The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Member Countries which have developed responsible and unique tourism products or are engaged in implementing tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values. The deadline for application is May 3,1 2017.

Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017

‘Cause That’s How I ROV
Tell your story using photos or video about how you are using student-built ROVs outside of underwater robotics competitions. The deadline for entry is May 15, 2017.

Clif Bar Family Foundation’s Small Grants
The Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants are awarded to projects that protect earth’s beauty and bounty; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; and more. The next deadlines for applications are June 1 and October 1, 2017.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research, or combined teaching/research awards in environmental studies and other disciplines. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and others. The deadline for application is August 1, 2017.

Great Lakes B-WET Funding
The NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the watersheds of the Great Lakes The deadline for application is June 2, 2017.

HBCU All-Star Students Program
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation, and sustainability. The initiative will recognize students for their dedication to academics, leadership, and civic engagement as 2017 HBCU All-Star Students.. The program will provide an opportunity to participate in regional and national events, along with, web chats with Initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development. The deadline for application is May 12, 2017.

HBCU All- Star Students Program

International Paper Foundation Grants
The International Paper Foundation offers grants to nonprofits in communities where it has operating facilities. Funding is available for disaster relief, children’s education, and more. The deadline for application is August 1, 2017; see the website for eligibility and complete details.

Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition
As a reminder, this competition from Bow Seat challenges middle and high school students to implement real-world advocacy projects in their schools and communities. The deadline for submission is June 19, 2017.

MASNA Scholarships
The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America offers the MASNA Scholarship to one full-time undergraduate and one graduate student seeking degrees in the marine science field. The deadline for application is June 16, 2017.

Student Scholarship Program

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation considers requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. The deadline for application is May 10, 2017.!application-guidelines

Mazda Foundation Grants
The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, and scientific research. The deadline for application is July 1, 2017

Grant Guidelines

NASA Research Announcement
NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitors solicits proposals for education or research engagement and/or exhibits through partnerships with K-12 schools, youth-serving organizations, and more. Projects should feature NASA-themed content in Earth science or other topics. The deadline for proposals is June 14, 2017.{DEC7277A-A04F-F35D-94F0-D7EA8A1F4E04}&path=open

Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program assists with community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation initiatives. RTCA staff provide guidance to communities so they can conserve waterways, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways. The deadline for application is June 30, 2017, but contact them as early as possible before the application deadline to discuss your proposed project and inform them of your intent to apply. See the website for complete details.

STEM Innovation Grant
From Colocation America, this grant aims to provide the educational background needed for youth wishing to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce of the future. Programs must serve students in one of seven metropolitan areas; see the website for details. The deadline for application is May 26, 2017.

Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant
Wildlife Acoustics’ mission is to support efforts in conservation and environmental stewardship. The Wildlife Acoustics grant program supports bioacoustics research. The next deadline for application is May 15, 2017.

Youth Making Ripples Film Festival and Competition
The Youth Making Ripples Contest is an ocean conservation-inspired film festival and competition which challenges K–12 students to produce short ocean documentaries (< 5 min.) about problems that face the ocean, and possible solutions to these issues. The website provides film maker resources, examples of previous winning films, and submission details. The deadline for submission is December 5th, 2017.

EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellowship
The National Wildlife Federation is accepting applications for a graduate student fellowship opportunity for four months this summer. The paid fellow will develop career development resources on topics such as networking, mentoring, and more. Hurry – the deadline for application is May 7, 2017.

Capitol Hill Ocean Week – Washington, D.C.
Capitol Hill Ocean Week, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, June 13-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C., offers an opportunity to network with colleagues who share interests in marine policy, ocean science, and coastal issues.

Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance Webinars – Online
The Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance offers a series of four Effective Practices webinars in May and June, 2017 to compliment their newly released, downloadable guide (see below).

2017 Webinar Series

Coastal Ecology Teacher Workshop – Georgia
Join educators at the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, June 27-30, 2017 on Sapelo Island, Georgia, for the Georgia Coastal Ecology Teacher Workshop. The deadline for registration is May 15, 2017.
Contact Georgia Graves at

Collaborative White Shark Science – Online
The first NMEA Student Webinar, Collaborative White Shark Science, will take place May 5, 2017. Hurry – free registration is required.

Climate Change Academy – Maryland
The 2017 Climate Change Academy, a collaboration of NOAA and MADE CLEAR for educators from the mid-Atlantic, will be held August 8-10, 2017 in Towson, Maryland, and includes an online component prior to the on-site workshop.

Communication Skills for Bridging Divides
Develop practical communication skills to mend divides and build a more tolerant and inclusive world through this free, self-paced MOOC (massive open online course) mini-course from CatalystX. Participants will learn about the difference between dialogue, discussion, and debate; micro-affirmations; and how to be an ally.

Dynamic Ocean: Changes and Impacts – Online
This half-day virtual conference, May 13, 2017, will discuss the ocean, how we are changing it, and the impacts these changes are having on the world. Participants receive the Ocean’s Effect on Weather and Climate SciPack with their paid registration, and registrants will receive access to the conference archives to watch later on-demand.

Ecological Marine Units: A 3-D Mapping of the Ocean – Online
The EBM Tools Network and partners will host a webinar on Ecological Marine Units: A 3-D Mapping of the Ocean Based on NOAA’s World Ocean Atlas (Tools Included), May 17, 2017. The webinar will report progress on the Ecological Marine Units project, which is developing a standardized global ecosystems classification and map for the oceans.

Effective Practices Webinar Series – Online
The Climate Change Education Partnership will host this series of four webinars to compliment the newly released Climate Change Education: Effective Practices for Working with Educators, Scientists, Decision Makers, and the Public guide. The guide provides recommendations for effective education and communication practices when working with different types of audiences. Free registration is required.

Engaging Alaska Youth in STEM and Community Resilience Workshop – Alaska
NOAA and partners offer this STEM workshop for formal and informal educators, July 20-22, 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The minimal registration fee includes field trips, resources, and much more. Hurry – availability is on a first come first serve basis.

Engaging Alaska Youth in STEM and Community Resilience

ESRI User Conference
The agenda for the ESRI User Conference, July 10-14, 2017 in San Diego, California, is available online.

Follow the Water – California
This free institute for middle school teachers, funded by the California Coastal Commission, will take place September 14-16, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay, California area. The activities will help teachers draw connections between inland waterways and ocean health in the context of climate change and ocean acidification. The deadline for registration is September 1, 2017.

Guidelines for Excellence in Community Engagement – Online
The next installment of NAAEE’s monthly webinar series, Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the field of EE, May 9, 2017, will introduce the latest edition to the National Project for Excellence in EE, Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement. The guidelines are posted on NAAEE’s website, and include useful resources.

He’eia National Estuarine Research Reserve Webinar
Learn about the He’eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, May 11, 2017. It is the 29th in the system and includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources.

International Marine Conservation Congress
The Society for Conservation Biology’s Marine Section invites participants to attend the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5), June 24-29, 2018 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Sign up for announcements to be notified when the call for papers is out.

Introduction to Oceanography – New York
Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences offers an intensive Introduction to Oceanography course for motivated high school students and current undergraduates, July 11-24, 2017 in Southampton, New York and off-shore. Scholarships for high school students from under-represented populations may be available.

MAR 104, Oceanography, 3 credits

Marine Aquarium Conference of North America
The 2017 Marine Aquarium Conference of North America will take place August 25-27, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The deadline for poster abstract submission is July 7, 2017.

Regional Climate Tutorial – Colorado
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and partners will host the Regional Climate Tutorial, July 10-12, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop provides a broad overview of best practices for developing regional climate data and how it can be used for impact assessments.

Rise-up: Climate Change Education – Online
Learn how to work with primary and secondary-level students to help them explore climate change topics through the use of interactive and engaging activities from this seven-week MOOC from the Inter-American Development Bank. Though the course started April 27, 2017, it would be easy to catch up.

Rocket Scientists Write? – Online
Participants in this webinar, May 2, 2017 for pre-service, in-service, home school, and informal educators of grades K-8, will get an overview of language arts lessons and resources within NASA education materials. Discussion will include modification and customization of lessons.

Sea Turtle Exploration – North Carolina
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents Sea Turtle Exploration: a curriculum to help educators engage students in the fundamentals of STEAM through sea turtles with ready-to-use, standards based lesson plans. Sign up for the workshop, May 6, 2017 at Fort Fisher, North Carolina, which will guide you through the new curriculum and website.

Seminars on Science – Online
Registration is open for Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History. Courses are co-taught by an experienced classroom teacher and a research scientist. The deadline for registration for Summer Session 2, is June 26, 2017.

Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics – Online
Learn how statistics plays a central role in the data science approach through this five week self-paced MOOC from Columbia University, starting May 15, 2017. Part of the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science, the course will pave the statistical foundation for a further discussion on data science.

Summer Programs – Alabama
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Hall Programs promote conservation through education, research, and outreach. Through hands-on activities in marine habitats, people can see the impact of science on their daily lives. Many programs are available for both students and teachers. Teachers, check out Fins, Fishes, and Fisheries, Technology in Marine Science – ROVs, and more. Workshop registrations may be refunded upon completion.

Using Earth Systems Science in your Schoolyard Habitat – Online
While the registration for this GLOBE Training for Eco-Schools, Session 2 is now closed, another will be held later this year. The free, online, self-paced course is for those who are looking to integrate citizen science and field-investigations into the Eco-Schools USA program by becoming a GLOBE trained teacher. The current session runs July 10-August 7, 2017, with another session October 9–September 4, 2017.

A Stellar Animal: Steller Sea Lion Population Studies
Steller sea lions, the largest of the eared seals, are facing serious population decreases.. Analyze their population trends using data from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center to identify factors that might be contributing to their decline.

Adaptation Clearinghouse
The Adaptation Clearinghouse is an online database and networking website for policymakers and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. Sectors include coasts, ecosystems, and more. Networks include Federal Adaptation Resources, Adaptation Equity Portal, and more.

Advancing Climate Change Environmental Education: Resources and Suggestions
This publication was created by environmental educators in EECapacity’s 2013 Climate Change EE Project-based Online Learning Community Alliance. It includes a needs assessment, research-based approaches, academic standards for social studies, science, and common core, and more.

Biodiversity Course – Online
California Academy of Sciences and Khan Academy partner to offer this video course on biodiversity. Topics include ecosystem services, introduced species, and much more.

Bird Photography Field Guide
Holbrook travel offers this guide to photographing birds in the field. Request a free copy.

CCEP Effective Practices Guide
The guide, Climate Change Education: Effective Practices for Working with Educators, Scientists, Decision Makers, and the Public, provides recommendations for effective education and communication practices when working with different types of audiences. Be sure to check out the free webinars in May and June, 2017.

CCEP Effective Practices Guide

Climate Teaching Modules
The University of Washington’s Program on Climate Change offers a series of on-line climate teaching modules, with new ones added each year. Check out Presenting Science for Policy, Exploring Historical Temperature Records, and more.

Climate Teaching Modules

Climate Smart Land Network
The Climate Smart Land Network provides forest landowners and managers with climate services designed to make climate change science accessible, understandable, and actionable. The website offers links to climate resources, a blog, and more.

CSLN Homepage

The Crowd & The Cloud
Citizen scientists are helping professional scientists to advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations. The Crowd & The Cloud is a four-part public television series taking viewers on a tour of projects and people on the front lines of citizen science, showing how anyone, anywhere can participate. Episodes can be watched online.

Dead Zone
This website from the Science Museum of Minnesota, is designed to teach elementary school students about the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The interactive website features videos, animations, and activities. It is available in English and Spanish.

Delaware Sea Grant Virtual Tours
This website offers virtual field trips which can be viewed with a web browser or by using the RoundMe app.

Drawdown Solutions
Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. In the solutions list, each solution reduces greenhouse gases by avoiding emissions and/or by sequestering carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. View the table, browse the solutions, and more.

EarthViewer App Update
EarthViewer, a free app from HHMI BioInteractive for iOS 9 and 10 for iPad, includes features such as continental reconstructions, global temperature data, sea level data going back to the Ice Age and projected into the future, and more. Users can trace the relationships between atmospheric composition, temperature, day length, and solar luminosity, and their relationship to biodiversity and more.

Endangered Species Day
The 12th annual international Endangered Species Day is May 19, 2017. Check out the Endangered Species Day Toolkit for College Students, report your activities, and more.

Environmental Education in Song
Check out the following singers and bands for music to learn with:
• Banana Slug String Band:
• Sisbro Studios:
• Gary Bowman Songs:
In addition, look through the resources on the United Nation’s Songs for Environmental Education website:

Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Catalog
This catalog helps to improve cross-agency collaboration, reveals opportunities for projects, and makes it easier for volunteers to find out about projects they can join. Users can search by project topic, sponsor agency, participant age, and intended outcomes.

Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary
The FGNMS website has a new look, and some pages are being redirected. Educational materials about coral, oil spills, and more are available, along with a media library. As the roll-out continues, the page layouts will adapt to different screen sizes, including mobile devices

Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
The activities in Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills are intended to be used with lessons that engage students in outdoor observation skills. The downloadable document was developed by the Pacific Education Institute.

Geothermal Energy
The STEM Spark Energy Education newsletter offers information about education programs and technology innovation supported by the Department of Energy. The latest newsletter highlights geothermal energy.

Global Schoolyard Bioblitz
Project Noah is once again teaming up with the National Environmental Education Foundation and National Geographic Education for the Global Schoolyard Bioblitz campaign. Teachers and students document the wildlife encountered in and around their school sites. The National Geographic website offers tools for any bioblitz, and students can upload their data to the Project Noah website. Be sure to check out the educator resources.

GLOBE Clouds
Citizen scientists can download the free GLOBE Observer app to photograph clouds, record sky observations, and compare them with NASA satellite images to help scientists understand the sky from above and below.

Guide to the Salt Marshes and Tidal Creeks of the Southeastern U.S.
This online guide from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and partners, provides an overview of salt marsh and tidal creek ecosystems in the southeastern U.S. It includes information on species identification/classification, ecosystem services and threats, cultural and historical highlights, and stewardship opportunities.


Jonathan Bird’s Blue World
Jonathan Bird’s Blue World is an educational underwater adventure co-produced by Jonathan Bird Productions and the Oceanic Research Group. Each episode segment (5-11 minutes) is hosted online as a self-contained webisode, and includes an accompanying study guide.. Topics include animals, marine research and researchers, underwater exploration and recent discoveries, and more. The website also hosts lesson plans, sea stories, a photo gallery, and more.

Live Exploration of Gray’s Reef
Georgia Public Broadcasting will be live streaming from the University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, May 10, 2017. Students will experience a virtual tour of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the aquarium in Savannah, Georgia. The exploration will be available on demand after May 10 with supplemental classroom resources for grades K-12.

Monk Seal Webinar
Sign up for the next webinar from the National Marine Sanctuaries, Forty Years of Conserving Hawai`i’s Native Seal, May 23, 2017. In honor of 2017 Year of the Monk Seal, join Dr. Charles Littnan on a four decade journey that tracks the history and challenges of monk seal conservation

Mountains in the Deep
Join NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer for the Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin Expedition, April 27-May 19, 2017. Scientists will investigate unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll, Jarvis Island units of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, around the Cook Islands Marine Park, and the high seas.

NASA Image and Video Library
NASA has launched a new online library to enable the public to search and download images, videos, and audio files. The website consolidates more than 140,000 images, videos and audio files from over 60 collections into one searchable location.

National Severe Storms Laboratory Learning Resources
Learn about thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, lightning, floods, damaging winds and severe winter weather. Resources include Severe Weather 101, coloring books for young students, and additional links to weather education websites.

NYT Climate Issue
The New York Times posted this Climate Issue, Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present. The article discusses geoengineering, sea levels, and more.

Ocean Exploration Lessons in Spanish
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research now offers its NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection lessons in Spanish.

On-Demand EEI Live! Webinars
The California Education and the Environment Initiative offers recordings of past EEI Live! webinars, sorted by audience.

Pushing the Boundaries: Technology-driven Exploration of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Over the course of a four-part expedition throughout the spring and summer of 2017, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will host a multifaceted, ongoing research project to apply new tools toward searching for perhaps 100 undiscovered shipwrecks. Follow along with these expeditions through NOAA’s Ocean Explorer website.

QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program
The QuakeSmart website helps communities reinforce their business plans against disaster. The site offers a toolkit. videos, and more.

Redmap Citizen Science
Range Extension Database and Mapping project (Redmap) invites Australians to share sightings of marine species that are uncommon to their local seas. Over time, Redmap will use this citizen science data to map which Australian marine species may be extending their distribution range in response to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming. The data also highlights regions and species that may be experiencing more distribution changes, so that research can be focused into these areas. Check out the resources, sightings map, and much more.

Science360 Video Library
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Science360 hosts science videos by scientists, colleges and universities, and more. Topics include Earth & Environment, K-12 & Education, People & Society, and more.

Science Vs
Science Vs is a podcast dedicated to exploring a wide variety of scientific debates and disputes. Episodes, approximately 35-45 minutes in length, are dedicated to exploring a particular scientific debate in detail.

Sea Turtle Hospital Virtual Field Trip
Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida, has received funding to support a discounted summer price for a virtual field trip to any camp program June – August in 2017. Virtual Field Trips allow youth to journey through the outdoor sea turtle hospital, interact with staff via Skype, and more.
Contact Kate Ufford at


The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) was launched as a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Working groups tackle high-profile problems whose solutions could have maximum benefit for nature and people and where the sought-after solution has a clear pathway to implementation. Working groups fall under four thematic areas, including Water Security & Nature, Community Resilience & Climate Change, and more. Learn about projects, follow blogs, and more.


Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes Webinars
The U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and partners hosted this webinar series exploring activities and tools that facilitate effective adaptation and build social-ecological resilience in the context of changing landscapes. All webinars are now archived on the website.

State of World Plants
The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens’ State of the World Plants is an interactive, multimedia report that offers a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats these plants currently face, and the policies dealing with them Topics include land cover change, climate change, invasive plants, and more.

Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll
Join NOAA’s Ocean Exploration as they explore maritime and aviation archaeology, May 2-16, 2017 through the Exploring the Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll Expedition. Located within Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site, the sunken history left undiscovered at Midway represents the material remains of one of the most consequential events in the history of World War II. An Exploration for Educators webpage includes information about why they are exploring this region, standards-based lessons, and more.

Systems Education Experiences
The Systems Education Experiences program provides an integrative approach to help participants internalize systems biology methods and thinking. Their mission is to cultivate cross-disciplinary skills for solving complex problems. Their free online resources include Ocean Acidification, Ecological Networks, and more. Check this out.


Tag Weddell Seals by Satellite
This National Science Foundation-funded project uses citizen science to help researchers count Weddell Seals in Antarctica. The project is open through June 20, 2017.

To What Degree? Climate Change Videos
This collection of video segments from NSF’s science360 for Grades 6-12 features more than 50 leading climate researchers discussing climate change. Playlists include the carbon cycle, climate modeling, and more.

USGS: Natural Hazards Programs
The USGS provides alerts and warnings of geologic hazards and supports the warning responsibilities of NOAA for geomagnetic storms, tsunamis, and volcanic ash. Programs include earthquakes, volcanoes, emergency management, and more. Check out the interactive earthquake map, science section with estuarine physical response to storms, and more.

Visionlearning offers educational content in the STEM disciplines at the introductory undergraduate level. Topics include Earth Science, Biology, Math in Science, and more.

Washed Ashore Integrated Arts Marine Debris Curriculum
This free curriculum, produced by Washed Ashore and funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, uses a focus on the arts to teach students about marine debris, plastic use in our society, and how to prevent marine debris both individually and as a community.

Delaware Coast Day
The University of Delaware sponsors this annual Coast Day event, October 1, 2017. Attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities, and attend presentations on a range of topics.

Global Big Day
Global Big Day connects a network of people across the world working to understand and conserve birds. Join Big Day, May 13, 2017, and submit your birding data to Cornell Lab’s eBird.

Sustainable Disaster Response Council
The Sustainable Disaster Response Council is a membership organization which aims to assure that building after disaster is stronger, safer, and environmentally responsible. The group offers members access to education, certification, and advocacy programs.


2. NOAA’s Virtual Dive Gallery Opportunity
Can’t get into your national marine sanctuaries? Thanks to the wonders of 360-degree photography and virtual reality, these underwater treasures now are as close as the tip of your fingers. The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has just launched a VIRTUAL DIVE GALLERY accessible on any computer or mobile device, complete with immersive 360-degree views of five national marine sanctuaries: American Samoa, Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray’s Reef, and Thunder Bay.

The virtual dives take users underwater for a scuba diver’s view of your national marine sanctuaries, allowing you to navigate through the dive sites as if you were there in person. Learn more here.

Claire Fackler
National Education Liaison | National Volunteer Coordinator | Ocean for Life Program Manager
Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Ocean Science Education Building 514
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155
(805) 893-6429 Office



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

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

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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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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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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December 2016 Update

by Veronica 2016/12/13 Southeast

Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members! Below is the December Regional Update. Please let me know if you have any questions – I am happy to help in any possible way! Sincerely, Veronica December 2016 Southeast Regional Update: 1. New Ocean Today Every Full Moon collection of videos – Now Live! A NEW EVERY FULL MOON episode […]

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by Veronica 2016/11/12 Southeast

Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members! My name is Veronica Frehm, and I am the new Southeast Regional Director. Kerri Allen recently stepped down from the position to pursue another amazing opportunity. She will still be a part of FMSEA, but in a different district. I am currently the Director of Education at John D. MacArthur Beach […]

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by Veronica 2016/09/30 Southeast

Live Ship-to-Shore Events with the JOIDES Resolution! Live ship-to-shore event sign-ups are now open for IODP Exp. 363 Western Pacific Warm Pool, October 6 – Dec. 8, 2016. Live events are free but fill up on a first come-first served basis. You can sign up here: For more information, visit here:  And see […]

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by Veronica 2016/09/07 Southeast

International Coastal Cleanup Saturday, September 17th For all start times, sites, and registration information in Palm Beach County, visit See attached flyer for details. Bike Your Park Day at Jonathan Dickinson State Park Saturday, September 24th 8:30am Meet members of Club Scrub at the park’s concession for a relaxing 10 mile ride on paved […]

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