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

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!

March 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

Link to register:

2. Want to get started in an inexpensive Robotics program for your students? (STEM)
Maybe also enter a team in a national competition?

I have attached the flyer for my upcoming ROV workshop to be held at CCSU. I am not sure if you are familiar with MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education). They are at

This is appropriate for educators teaching students in grades 5-6, Middle School, or beginning High School.

We will use the day-long workshop to instruct teams of teachers attending from the same school to plan, build & test their own “Angelfish” ROVs. Held at CCSU (Central Connecticut State University), we will have an up-to-date classroom and we will supply all of the tools and components needed. We will spend the afternoon testing the educators ROVs in the CCSU pool.

We will use the engineering and design process to design and build the ROVs. We will enhance the session with help from STEM related presentations from MATE. Participants will be able to take their ROV chassis home with them (not the electronic parts, however) and they will receive instructions and other materials from MATE.

Space is limited and we are placing emphasis on enrolling teams of two educators from the same school. (If you don’t have a “partner”, register by yourself.)

Here is the link to the flyer: (scroll down from “Spring 2017 Catalog”)

The flyer also includes an application form to be sent into Carleigh Schultz from Manchester Community College. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Ed Argenta (860) 871-2884
Carleigh Schultz (860) 512-2804

3. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and education facility located in Juno Beach, Florida, is seeking seasonal camp staff for our 2017 Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp.
Employment opportunities for Summer 2017 include:
• Senior Camp Counselor (3 positions available)
• Junior Camp Counselor (3 positions available)
To apply: Interested applicants may submit their resume, cover letter, and contact information for (3) references to before Friday, March 31st 2017.

4. Project WILD and Aquatic WILD workshop at MacArthur Beach State Park on 3/17/17
For more information, see attached flyer. Contact Veronica Frehm at for more information

5. Undergraduate Internships for Natural Science Summer Camp at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park are now available!
For more information, contact Veronica Frehm at

6. JOB OPENING – Okeeheelee Nature Center
ASSISTANT NATURALIST POSITION – part time, 15-20 hrs/wk, $11.85/hr

Assisting with planning, implementing and evaluating nature based and indoor/outdoor recreational programs, environmental/historical/cultural educational programs and community events. Conducts educational programs both indoor and outdoor; provides facility coverage for rentals, user groups, and partner groups. Assist with animal care, daily facility operations and maintenance of the facility, trails and boardwalks depending upon assigned areas. Work is performed with considerable independence within the scope of departmental rules, regulations and program policy.

Experience handling and caring for native and/or exotic wildlife; Experience working with volunteers; Experience assisting with teaching science/environmental education programs, Customer service experience.

This position does not include health benefits and requires a variable schedule including nights / weekends. If interested in this position, please complete an application and submit via e-mail along with your resume to my contact information below. The application can be found online:
We are accepting applications for two weeks (Ending Monday, March 20th at 5 pm). Please include if you would like to be considered for possible open positions at the other PBC nature centers as well.

Callie Sharkey | Nature Center Manager
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
We create opportunities for healthy, happy living!
Okeeheelee Nature Center
7715 Forest Hill Boulevard | West Palm Beach | FL 33413
T: (561)233-1407 | F: (561)233-1406 |
Connect with us:

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Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy
The National Park Service’s downloadable Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy sets out an approach for managing impacts to and learning from cultural resources under modern climate change. It reviews four overarching goals for cultural resources and climate change: Connect Impacts and Information, Understand the Scope, Integrate Practice, and Learn and Share.

Cultural Resources Program Report
The US Fish and Wildlife Service offers the downloadable Cultural Resources Program Annual Report, describing the program and its reach within the service.

Sustainable Finance Options for MPAs
The Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee has released a report and recommendations on how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can continue to support key programs (management, education, outreach, and monitoring) with limited and often shrinking budgets. Check out the report and a webinar presentation.

Maritime Archaeology: Discovering and Exploring Shipwrecks
Introduce students in grades 6–12 to maritime archaeology and the tools scientists use to investigate shipwrecks. Produced by NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, this curriculum guide contains lessons addressing side scan and multi-beam sonar, remotely operated vehicles, and more. The lessons can be taught as a unit, used as stand-alone activities, or combined in multiple ways to meet specific needs.

The NASA-funded COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) is making all of its data publicly available. This includes airborne spectral images, map products, and in-water validation data. As the data pass quality control, they will be uploaded to SeaBASS, the publicly shared archive of in situ oceanographic and atmospheric data maintained by the NASA Ocean Biology Processing Group.

Beautify the Bucket Competition
Artist Boat is hosting new Beautify the Bucket Competitions where citizens can paint one of the trash barrels that goes on Galveston’s beaches.

Call for Preliminary Proposals – California
The California Sea Grant College Program is soliciting preliminary proposals for projects to begin on or after February 1, 2018. Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. Focal areas are healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and resilient coastal communities and economies. The deadline for pre-proposals is March 23, 2017.

Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration
NOAA’s Community-based Restoration Program is currently soliciting applications for restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to promote productive and sustainable fisheries, improve the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and promote healthy ecosystems and resilient communities. The deadline for application is March 23, 2017.

Connecting Ships, Ports and People Student Art Contest
Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in the annual calendar art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association and partners. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.

Coral Reef Conservation Fund
The Coral Reef Conservation Fund will award grants to reduce land-based sources of pollution, advance coral reef fisheries management, support recovery and resiliency of coral reef systems, and improve watershed management planning. The geographic focus is tropical coral reefs in Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands Puerto Rico, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The deadline for pre-proposals is March 10, 2017.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Discovery Education 3M challenges students in grades 5-8 to make a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. The deadline for entry is April 19, 2017.

Dorothy Stout Professional Development Grants
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers awards grants to K-12 teachers and faculty and students at two-year colleges. The grants support professional growth in, or classroom teaching of, Earth science. The deadline for application is April 15, 2017.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program for Public Libraries and Public Schools
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and libraries for program or event mini-grants. The deadline for application is March 31, 2017.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize recognizes young people, ages 8-18, who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and the planet. The deadline for application is April 15, 2016.


Gulf of Maine Council Awards
The Gulf of Maine Council Annual Recognition Awards are presented annually to an individual or organization within each of the five Gulf of Maine jurisdictions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The awards recognize efforts by individuals, groups, or organizations that seek to protect, enhance, and restore the ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine region and safeguard and improve the wellbeing of the communities that depend on its resources. The deadline for nomination is March 31, 2017.

High Impact/Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships
NASA seeks to complement its education activities by partnering with organizations to leverage resources, reach wider and more diverse audiences, and achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The deadline for proposals is December 31, 2017. NASA will conduct periodic teleconferences.{7C51B84E-3890-A80F-6259-F8A1D67F83F9}&path=open

J.M.K. Innovation Prize
The J.M.K. Innovation Prize from the J.M. Kaplan Fund awards those tackling pressing needs through social innovation. The funds support innovation in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice, particularly early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped. The deadline for application is April 28, 2017.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Karma for Cara Foundation Micro-Grants
The Karma for Cara Foundation encourages kids 18 and under to apply for micro-grants to complete service projects in their communities. The deadlines for application are April 1, July 1, October 1, and January 1.

Momentum for Change
Applications are being accepted for Momentum for Change’s 2017 Lighthouse Activities. Spearheaded by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Momentum for Change highlights innovative, scalable, and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to tackle climate change. The deadline for application is April 9, 2017.

NAI Awards
The National Association for Interpretation offers a variety of professional and interpretive awards. The deadline for nomination is May 31, 2017.

North American Native Fishes Association Grant
The North American Native Fishes Association’s Gerald C. Corcoran Education Grant funds projects to educate the general public about native North American fishes and their environments. The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2017.

Power of Children Awards
Sponsored by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Power of Children Awards: Making a Difference recognize youth in grades 6–11 that make significant contributions and create projects to benefit others. The deadline for submission is March 19, 2017.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
NSF is accepting nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award recognizes teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The deadline for nomination is April 1, 2017.

Resilient Communities Request for Proposals
Wells Fargo and partners support the Resilient Communities program. Through improvements to natural features and enhanced community capacity, the program will help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, water quantity and quality and forest conservation. The program places special emphasis on inclusion and helping traditionally underserved, low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resiliency planning and investments in greener infrastructure. See the website for complete details. The deadline for pre proposals is March 30, 2017.

State-Fish Art Project
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Project challenges young artists to create an illustration of their state fish and a written composition on its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. The Fish On! Lesson Plan is written for educators teaching grades 4-12. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2017.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is a youth award for a water-related science project. High school students submit their research papers online. The deadline for entry is April 15, 2017.

Student Grants-in-Aid of Caribbean Marine Research
The AMLC Student Grants-in-Aid of Caribbean Marine Research Program supports student research and increased collaboration and diffusion of knowledge among the member institutions of the Association of Marine Laboratories in the Caribbean. Preference is given to proposals that involve comparisons or collaboration among AMLC institutions. The deadline for application is April 1, 2017.

Tennessee Mapping Contest
Tennessee students in middle and high school can enter this mapping contest hosted by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance and partners. Students use ESRI’s ArcGIS Online platform (free for school use) to conduct geospatial analyses that focus on the state and share their results in an online map. The deadline for registration is April 5, 2017.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarships
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering STEM Bridge and Community College Bridge scholarships to undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). See the websites for complete details. The deadline for applications is March 13, 2017.

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards
The Voya Unsung Heroes program helps K-12 educators and their schools fund innovative classroom projects. The deadline for application is April 30, 2017.

Witnessing Change Video Competition
This competition is a grassroots documentary and investigative reporting project on current climate related impacts already affecting American communities. Students explore the personal costs of climate disruption by interviewing impacted individuals and creating two-minute videos. The Climate Cost Project website offers interdisciplinary classroom materials, including an interactive game, Films can be submitted April 15-May 1, 2017.

Deep Green Wilderness Summer Programs
Deep Green Wilderness uses science and the sea to inspire stewardship. High school students spend 2 or 3 weeks exploring the Salish Sea by sailing ship. Scholarships may be available.

Internship – Alaska
The Prince William Sound Science Center offers a summer internship with their environmental summer camps which focus on the habitats of coastal Alaska. The 10-12 week internships include housing and a weekly stipend.
Contact Lauren Bien at

Laureate Global Fellowships
Sponsored by the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, the Laureate Global Fellowship recognizes young leaders, ages 18-29, from around the world who have pioneered solutions to challenges in their communities and beyond. The deadline for application is March 6, 2w017.

MATE Internships
The Marine Advanced Technology Education Center offers an At-Sea Technical Internship Program. Interns work as marine technicians aboard sea-going research vessels that are part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System, the United States Coast Guard, and the Ocean Exploration Trust. A stipend is available. The deadline for application is March 15, 2017.

NCPTT Internships – Louisiana
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training offers ten-week paid summer internships, providing students and recent graduates an opportunity to undertake laboratory or field research in archeology, architecture, engineering, collections management, historic landscapes, and materials science. The deadline for application is March 17, 2017;

Summer Internships

Sea Grant Marine Education Internships – Georgia
Georgia Sea Grant is accepting applications for paid Marine Education Intern positions, September 2017-August 2018. The internships are designed for recent college graduates in marine education. The deadline for application is March 17, 2017.

Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel – Online
Develop your skills with Excel, one of the tools that data scientists depend on to gather, transform, analyze, and visualize data. This self-paced, six-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is part of the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science.

American Wilderness Leadership School – Wyoming
This eight-day course provides educators with an understanding of science-based conservation and land management techniques, and the supplies needed to pass this knowledge on to their students. Teachers should apply for course sponsorship to their local Safari Club International chapter. See the website and application for workshop dates and possible scholarships.

A Century of Wildland Fire Research – Washington, D.C. and Online
This free workshop, March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C., will look at how wildland fire science can inform more cost-effective strategies for living with fires. Topics include the ecological role of fire in the landscape, mapping fire and fire effects, risk perceptions and mitigation behavior, and more. The workshop will be recorded and the presentations will be made accessible online for viewing after the meeting.

CERF Conference
The call for abstracts is open for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation’s 2017 conference, November 5-9, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island, focusing on Coastal Science at the Inflection Point: Celebrating Successes and Learning from Challenges. Topics include fisheries, ecosystem based management, and much more. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2017.

Connecting with Marine Science Teacher Institute – California
This free institute for teams of teachers of grades 9-12, June 25-30, 2017 in Monterey, California, will examine the role that humans have played in the stability and change of Monterey Bay. Topics include: climate change science; sustainable seafood, and more. The deadline for application is March 13, 2017.

Earth Right Now: The Sun and the Water Cycle – Online
This NASA webinar for informal educators of grades 3-6, March 6, 2017, will focus on the NASA storybook The Sun and the Water Cycle and its accompanying classroom activities. The webinar also will demonstrate and create a bright, vivid sun for building a 3-D mobile of the sun and the water cycle.

Explore Your Own Watershed with Underwater ROVs – Online
The next webinar from NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Series, March 22, 2017, will follow students in a sanctuary community who are designing and building their own ROVs to explore the Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron, as well as participate in environmental stewardship projects.

Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities – Online
Learn from government and international organization leaders about innovations to finance the Sustainable Development Goals in this free MOOC from the World Bank Group. The four-week course starts March 1, 2017 but participants can catch up from a late start.

From the Surface of the Sun to the Depths of the Ocean – Maryland
Session 2 of the free 2017 NOAA Science – From the Surface of the Sun to the Depths of the Ocean Workshop Series, March 3, 2017 in Silver Spring, Maryland, will feature how changes in Earth’s systems are changing water levels in the Chesapeake Bay, and how this could affect coastal communities. The workshop will look at Blue Carbon and it’s role in the carbon cycle. In addition, the workshop will host a Maker Fair, creating models, games, and monitoring tools to support student understanding of Earth System Science.

Green Eggs and Sand Workshop – Virginia and New Jersey
Green Eggs and Sand Workshops will take place May 12-15, 2017 on Wallops Island, Virginia and June 2-4, 2017 in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Participants will receive a curriculum for middle and high school students.

Green STEM Course – Online
The National Wildlife Federation supports STEM disciplines, and has teamed with Eco-Schools USA to provide teachers with STEM opportunities through the lens of sustainability. This free, online course will be offered several times this year. Free registration is required. Be sure to check out the resources on the website.

JASON National Educators Conference
The JASON National Conference, June 22-24, 2017 in Ashburn, Virginia, provides an opportunity to obtain resources and develop skills for bringing STEM education to your teachers and students.

National Educators’ Conference

Kelp Can Help – Online
The webinar, Kelp Can Help! Climate Action for Students through Kelp Aquaculture, March 6, 2017, will look at the impacts of climate change on Maine’s ocean environment and the community-based approach the Island Institute takes to support island and coastal schools as they teach students how to plan for and adapt to climate change.

Living Shorelines Workshop – Florida and Mississippi
These workshops, March 7, 2017 in Biloxi, Mississippi and March 14, 2017 in Eastpoint, Florida, will introduce participants to living shorelines and more. See the websites for details.

MS: Living Shorelines Workshop

MATE Workshops – Various
MATE and partners offer professional development workshops studying project-based engineering design, underwater robotics, and more. Locations (including online), financial resources, and curriculum products are listed.

Microplastics Webinar – Online
The NOAA Marine Debris Program and partners will host Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs, April 13, 2017. Learn about the various types and sources of microplastics and the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris.

NAAEE Annual Conference
The North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference 2017, Imagine a World, will take place October 18-21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the 14th Annual Research Symposium, October 17-18, 2017. Join environmental educators, take advantage of the field experiences offered, and more. The deadline for submission is April 10, 2017.

NAI National Conference
The National Association for Interpretation’s National Conference will take place November 14-18, 2017 in Spokane, Washington. The deadline for submission is April 3, 2017.

NASA STEM Webinars – Online
The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative presents a series of free webinars open to all educators. Upcoming Earth Right Now webinars include Mission Geography, GLOBE Atmosphere, and more. Be sure to check out both upcoming and archived webinars.

Events Calendar

Ocean Exploration Workshops – Various
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.
• April ,1 2017 with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in Ruston, Louisiana. The deadline for registration is March 10, 2017. Contact Stephanie Smith at
• May 13, 2017 with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in North Carolina. The deadline for registration is April 21, 2017. Contact Casey Radley at
• May 20, 2017 with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores in Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina. The deadline for registration is April 28, 2017. Contact Pam Pittman at
• June 20, 2017 with the Science and Technology Education Center in Ruston, Louisiana. The deadline for registration is May 30, 2017. Contact Tricia LeBlanc at

Ocean Policy Course – California
The Monterey Area Research Institution’s Network for Education (MARINE) Ocean Policy Course, July 16-28, 2017 in Monterey, California, will introduce early career professionals to ocean policy and governance, and how science influences public policy decisions at the international, national, and state levels. The intensive course is free. The deadline for application is March 24, 2017.

Project Atmosphere Summer Workshop for Teachers – Missouri
This free teacher professional development program, July 16-28, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, is directed towards improving Earth science literacy and teacher effectiveness by generating interest in STEM among students at pre-college levels. The workshop will introduce teachers to technologies and techniques for sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather, as well as explore ways these concepts can be implemented in the classrooms. The deadline for application is March 27, 2017.

Reflecting on Practice – Various
The Reflecting on Practice program is a professional learning program for informal science educators, preferably in teams. Check out the upcoming workshops in Texas, California, and elsewhere.

Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop – Georgia
Join educators at the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, June 12-14, 2017 on Sapelo Island, Georgia, for the Georgia Sea Turtle and Conservation Teacher Workshop. The deadline for registration is May 15, 2017.
Contact Georgia Graves at

Sea Turtle Workshop – Texas and Online
The Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Team offers this free sea turtle workshop, March 23, 2017 in Brownsville, Texas and through a webinar online. Topics will include oil spill science, emergency response, natural resource management, and more while discussing the impacts of oil spills on sea turtles.

Sensing Planet Earth – From Core to Outer Space – Online
This MOOC from Chalmers University of Technology will cover different Earth observation tools for studying the solid Earth, atmosphere, and biosphere. Learn why, where, and how these techniques are applied . The five-week, self-paced course starts March 1, 2017, but late starters can catch up.

Summer Institutes for Climate Change – Minnesota
Participants in Climate Generation’s 2016 Summer Institute, June 26-28, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota, will engage with hands on activities that help bring climate change concepts into the classroom. The Institute for Non-formal Climate Change Education will take place March 13-15, 2017 in Sandstone, Minnesota.

Summer Institute 2017

Institute for Non-formal Climate Change Education

Summer Institute for Teachers – California
Middle and high school science teachers can join the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, June 19-July 7, 2017 in San Francisco, California for three weeks of science exploration. The free institute supports the content and pedagogy described in the Next Generation Science Standards. The deadline for application is March 15, 2017.

Summer Teacher Institutes – Washington, D.C.
The Library of Congress offers free, week-long Summer Institutes for K-12 educators in Washington, D.C. Education specialists facilitate sessions modeling strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.
• General Institutes: June 19-23, June 26-30, and July 10-14, 2017
• Science, Technology & Engineering: July 17-21, 2017
The deadline for application is March 17, 2017.

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.

Under the Sea Mosaic – Massachusetts
Northeastern University Marine Science Center will offer the Marine Science and Mosaic Art Program, April 18-21, 2017 in Nahant, Massachusetts. Open to students in grades 7-12, participants will learn about marine habitats via hands-on activities led by NUMSC educators, and learn and practice techniques to build a marine mosaic from a professional mosaic artist.

Under the Sea Mosaic

Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes
Join NAAEE’s monthly webinar series, Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the field of EE, for a two-part webinar, March 28-29, 2017. Learn how to reach more people with more impact. Be sure to submit your questions in advance.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Grants
The National Fire Protection Association is accepting applications for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day grants to help communities create wildfire hazard mitigation projects. Free registration is required. Hurry – the deadline for application is March 3, 2017.

50 Simple EE Activity Ideas for the K-12 Classroom
This article from Clearing Magazine answers the question, What can I do Monday morning? Activities are listed by grade and curriculum topic.

What Can I Do Monday Morning?

American Samoa Expedition
From February to April 2017, NOAA and partners will conduct two telepresence-enabled ocean exploration cruises on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa and Samoa, with an emphasis on Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, and National Park of American Samoa. Follow along with daily updates, mission logs, educational materials, and more.

Anthropocene is a magazine initiative of Future Earth, with an aim to build a thought-leader publication for the sustainability and development world. It follows the former publication of Conservation magazine.

Anthropocene Home Jan 2017

Arctic Climate Game Jam
The PoLAR Partnership, NOAA, and partners are organizing a Climate Game Jam focused on the Arctic, April 21 – 30, 2017 at multiple sites. The jam will encourage the creation of new game prototypes that allow players to learn about the effects of as well as solutions to climate change in the Arctic through a science-based, interactive experience.

Ask Us Anything Microplastics Archive
Check out this Reddit Ask Us Anything archive on microplastics from January 12, 2017.

Science AMA Series: Hi, we are NOAA scientists Amy Uhrin and Carlie Herring. We’re here to talk about microplastics in our ocean and Great Lakes–what they are, where they come from, and what you can do to help. Ask Us Anything! from science

AskScience is a forum for answering science questions. It aims to promote scientific literacy by helping people understand the scientific process and what it can achieve. The website offers a FAQ page for in-depth answers on popular topics. There is also a discussion group for broader questions, a reading list, and more. Consider joining as a panelist.

Be an Everyday Young Hero Tipsheets
The Be an Everyday Young Hero tipsheet series provides project replication guides to help you to tackle pressing local, national, and global community issues.,570&o=1

Caribbean Marine Atlas
The CMA-2 Project (Caribbean Marine Atlas Phase 2) aims to support Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Ecosystem-based Management for Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem.

Celebrate Women’s History Month
NASA’s Digital Learning Network will celebrate Women’s History Month with a series of four webcasts during March. Each 45-minute program will feature a different female lead at the agency and how they started their career with NASA.

Chasing Coral
A team of divers, photographers, and scientists combined time-lapse photography with underwater technology and, guided by NOAA Coral Reef Watch’s products, worked to capture the process of bleaching and death of corals. Sign up if you would like to host a screening in the future.

Click and Learn
Interactively explore topics in biology with the free Click and Learn app from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Each module features supporting videos and animations. Apps include BiomeViewer, EarthViewer, and more. The apps are available from Google Play, Amazon Apps and Apple App Store.

Climate Access
Climate Access is a global network of climate and clean energy communicators. The resource hub hosts links to papers about public engagement strategies, policy and public support, impacts and adaptation, and more.

Documenting and Assessing Learning in the Outdoors – Online
This introductory webinar from the Natural Start Alliance introduces practical alternatives to worksheets that are effective for documenting outdoor learning. Check out this and other free webinar resources.

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.

Endangered Species Act Success Stories
The Endangered Species Act has helped stabilize populations of species at risk, prevent the extinction of others, and conserve the habitats on which many animals depend. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has created an interactive map of the United States that presents information about the endangered species in each state and what is being done to help conserve them.

Environmental Film Festival – Washington, D.C.
The 2017 Environmental Film Festival will take place March 14-26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Films will be shown in many venues, including museum auditoriums, libraries, and more. For those not in the area, many can be watched online for free or for a small fee.


Finding Climate Data
To help guide you to climate data of interest, this section from NOAA’s features the Dataset Gallery, a visual catalog of data. Thumbnail images show an example of the data you can find through each entry. Additionally, each entry has a description telling where the data came from and how to use the site to get them. The second sub-page of this section describes a range of strategies that can help you navigate data access interfaces to get the data you want.

From Provocative to Productive: Teaching Controversial Topics
This activity From Newseum Education offers first steps for creating a respectful yet vibrant environment for students to explore diverse ideas on controversial topics. Free registration is required.

Protected: From Provocative to Productive: Teaching Controversial Topics

Grades of Green
Grades of Green offers activities aimed at instilling environmental values in students. Free registration is required.


In Hot Water: Glacier Change and Sea Level Rise
This lecture from NASA’s Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series discusses how the loss of glacial ice, due to melting as the climate warms or from calving of icebergs, can impact the Earth system and society. Check out this archived webinar along with others.

JOIDES Resolution Expedition – South China Sea Rifted Margin
Connect live to the JOIDES Resolution at sea. Live ship-to-shore event sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up for live events with Expedition 367: South China Sea Rifted Margin, February 8-April 9, 2017. Check out the expedition pages as the research continues.

Lionfish Reddit Ask Us Anything
Join NOAA scientists March 3, 2017 for a live Reddit Ask Us Anything session.

Mangrove Restoration Primer
This downloadable brochure offers a primer on mangrove restoration.

Mangrove restoration: to plant or not to plant?

Materials Science and the Problem of Garbage
Equip students to make informed choices about materials use and disposal with a series of lessons in which they investigate the technological and engineering ingenuity involved in making materialism, and also the environmental ramifications.

Monitoring Large Marine Areas
The European DEVOTES Project (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status) developed and tested approaches and made advances in a variety of areas for monitoring large marine areas. Check out this EBM Toolbox review. Be sure to check out the DEVOTES website for additional project outcomes.

DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an informational resource providing guidance on health- and safety-related issues related to preparing for natural disasters and severe weather. Information is categorized by hazard, and includes guidance on what individuals and communities can do to protect themselves before, during, and after the hazard occurs, along with links to additional resources.

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments
This guide is designed for local governments to help them prepare for recovery from future disasters by engaging with the whole community and planning for recovery activities that are comprehensive and long term.

Sharing the Climate Story with Young Learners through Elementary Globe
This archived webinar from NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project is available through YouTube. Please remember to answer the post-webinar poll.

NOAA’s Ocean Today Every Full Moon is a multimedia kiosk that 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, Shipwrecked, along with others on the website.

Solar Week
Solar Week, March 27-31, 2017, provides a weeklong series of web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. This spring’s activities highlight safe solar viewing and the total solar eclipse happening on Aug. 21, 2017.

Song Sleuth
Song Sleuth is a bird song identification app developed by Wildlife Acoustics, which can help identify the most likely bird species that it heard.

State Climate Summaries
From NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, these state summaries were produced to meet a demand for state-level information in the wake of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, released in 2014. The summaries cover assessment topics, including historical climate variations and trends, future climate model projections of climate conditions during the 21st century, and past and future conditions of sea level and coastal flooding.

This subscription-based program offers over 100 interactive simulations of laboratory experiments and engineering design projects to draw grade 4-12 students into virtual worlds that promote inquiry. There are lessons, video walkthroughs, and more. There is a seven-day free trial subscription.

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


February 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

MAY 4 – MAY 7, 2017
Link to register:

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

Topics on ocean literacy, marine & ocean conservation, new & innovative marine science content, research, activities, and K-16 curriculum are encouraged.
All concurrent sessions will be Saturday, May 6th.

Please complete and submit the Call for Presenters form by using the following link: Deadline for proposal submission is 5:00PM March 15, 2017. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent as soon as possible. Questions? Contact:

Here is the link to register for the conference (register now and get our early bird rate):
Our conference hotel is the Hampton Inn and Suites, Vilano Beach. We have secured a rate of $164 a night, please mention FMSEA when you make your reservation.

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

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

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

4. Marine Education Workshop, Big Pine Key, FL
Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (NHMI) is now accepting registrations for our annual Marine Education Workshop.
Registration Fee: $250.00 TEACHERS/EDUCATORS

Registration includes two nights lodging, five meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch), lectures, field trips and snorkel gear. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Marketing Department at: 305-951-7430 or for a registration form or with any questions about the workshop.

NHMI is located on Big Pine Key, in the Lower Florida Keys, 120 miles southwest of Miami via US 1. This Marine Education Workshop will offer the opportunity to study a variety of marine science concepts. Unique sub-tropical program sites within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary include: Soft and hard coral communities, mangrove islands, nearshore sponge and seagrass beds, and Negoniolithon Shoals.

All educators, naturalists and others with an interest in the marine environment, 21 and older, are invited to join us.

In-Service Credit: Available to participants through your county/school office.
An FWC/FMSEA Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop to earn a 3-year certification to collect aquatic species for educational purposes within the state of Florida will also be offered during the weekend.

This is a great opportunity to experience first-hand the unique approach NHMI/Seacamp uses to educate youth through a customized experiential education program,

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about any aspects of our programs.
Judy Gregoire
Director, Newfound Harbor Marine Institute
305-872-2331 ext 238

Chuck Brand
Director of Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

6. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is now accepting applications for a Data Collection Intern this spring semester.
For further information and instructions, please see:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online registration is available!

(Phone) 954.370.0041

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

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

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

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

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

When ready to register, email the following information to

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

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

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

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

FACILITATOR: Dawn Miller-Walker –


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

12. Information Exchange for Marine Educators – February 2017

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

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

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

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

13. Call for Exhibitors is OPEN! – National Marine Educators Association
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2017 Conference will take place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina from June 25 – 29th2017! NMEA is a dedicated, influential member-based organization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, scientists, and more from around the world working together to advance the understanding and protection of our freshwater and marine ecosystems. It is a national organization powered by 17 individual, regional chapters who provide the on-the-ground efforts that support and promote national initiatives in education and conservation such as ocean literacy. The Call for Exhibitors will remain open until May 1, 2017. For more information visit or email

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

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

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

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

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

How to Apply: Fill out the application found at and send it to

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

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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by Veronica 2016/08/12 Southeast

Palm Beach County Natural Areas “Adventure Awaits” Fall Event Series With 16 free events scheduled from September through November, there are many opportunities to interact with Environmental Resources Management naturalists as they lead sunset hikes, cycling and paddling tours, teach nature photography skills and explore the night sky. Participate in one experience or multiple activities. […]

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by Veronica 2016/07/14 Southeast

Citizen Science Water Quality Program August 6th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Loggerhead Marinelife Center: 14200 US Highway One Juno Beach, FL 33408 Participants at this public workshop will learn about water quality and sampling techniques to become Citizen Scientists in their community. Resources available for teachers, students, and community members. See attached flyer for details, and […]

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