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July 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

Hello, Southeast FMSEA Members!

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




July 2017 Southeast Regional Update

  1. Information Exchange for Marine Educators – NOAA

NGSS District Implementation Workbook
The Next Generation Science Standards District Implementation Workbook aims to help district leaders improve science education for students in their schools and communities.  The workbook generalizes the issues and challenges associated with implementation and outlines key questions, timelines, decisions, and considerations for leaders.  Be sure to check out the other materials available on the website.

Safeguarding California Plan
Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update – California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy, serves as a roadmap of concrete actions and recommendations to proactively prepare the state for climate change.  It is divided into topic chapters, including oceans and coastal resources and ecosystems; emergency management; and more.

Safeguarding California

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is a nonprofit with a goal of bringing science, exploration, adventure, and conservation into classrooms through virtual guest speakers and field trips.  They provide lessons related to science, conservation, and more; free registration is required.  Google Hangouts are offered live and archived through YouTube.  Full day events have included Exploring Oceans 2017, Celebrating Biodiversity, and more.  Check this out.

New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and partners have launched the $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize.  The initiative calls for innovators to create packaging that keeps plastics out of the ocean.  There will be a live webinar June 27, 2017.

CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) is an environmental education and engaged scholarship program from Penn State University.  The program includes international field courses and free, online research modules for high school science and undergraduate students.  The modules feature a student-as-researcher approach through student manipulation of data contributed by scientists who are currently investigating the conservation topic at hand.  Topics include climate change, sea turtles, and more.

Call for Papers
The NSTA journal, Connected Science Learning, has two upcoming special issues with calls for papers:  STEM Learning in Environmental Settings, and STEM Learning Through Citizen Science Experiences.  The deadlines for submission are, respectively,
July 15, 2017 and September 15, 2017.

NOSB Question Writers Needed
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl® is looking for science question writers for the 2018 competitions.  The deadline for application is July 14, 2017.

Question Writers

Seeking Contributions to Cetacean Junior Naturalist Program
Dr. Wendy Marshall of Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest seeks contributors to a crowd-source curriculum for junior cetacean naturalists.  She seeks to co-construct the curriculum with ocean enthusiasts, naturalists, researchers, professors, and other who will share content related to a specific, self-selected topic.

American Honda Foundation Grants
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education, and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques.  The deadline for application August 1, 2017.

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants to school and community groups to support hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12.  The objective of the foundation is to encourage innovative programs that empower youth to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.  The next deadline for application is September 30, 2017..

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation Grant
The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation offers grants for Environment & Health, Music, and Education.  There is a preference for funding California based groups.  The deadline for application is August 1, 2017.


Darker Skies, Darker Beaches – Florida
The Sea Turtle Conservancy and partners offer the traveling trunk program, Darker Skies, Darker Beaches.  The program offers a four-lesson classroom module that teaches students the impacts of lighting, sea turtle biology, and more.  The lessons are included along with supplies in a ready-made traveling trunk that will be lent out to local teachers at no cost.  They are looking for five Florida organizations to partner with to expand the reach of this program.  The deadline for application is June 30, 2017.

Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants
Youth, ages 5-18, who volunteer to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger can apply for one of 250 Disney Summer of Service grants to create a project or expand their impact throughout the rest of the year.  The deadline for application is September 30, 2017.

Entomological Foundation Science Fair Project Idea Competition
The Entomological Foundation is creating a national list of science fair project ideas that use insects and arthropods as their primary subject.  To build the website, they run an annual science fair contest that seeks to identify the best science project ideas for students, teachers, and families.  The deadline for submission is August 31, 2017.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program
The NSF seeks proposals for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program.  The program is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce.  See the website for complete details.  The deadline for the letter of intent for the first opportunity (Research Infusion) is July 25, 2017.

MPAs Over the Finish Line
Waitt Foundation has launched a Request for Proposal for MPAs Over the Finish Line, an initiative which aims to identify marine protected area projects where 6 to 12 months of additional, targeted funding will result in legally-binding MPAs that have the political and social support necessary for implementation success.  The deadline for application is September 8, 2017.

Request for Proposals

NEA Foundation Grants
The National Education Association Foundation awards grants to NEA members to enhance teaching and learning through Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants.  The next deadline for application is October 15, 2017.

SCRFA Student Award
A Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations Student Travel Award is available for a student working on fish aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, or tropical east Pacific Ocean to attend the GCFI in Merida, Mexico (see below).

Where on Earth?
Become a geographical detective and solve the latest mystery quiz from NASA’s MISR (Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer) instrument on board the Terra satellite.  The quiz asks nine multiple-choice questions (one question for each of MISR’s nine cameras) about the area seen in the mystery image.  Submit your answer to be eligible for a prize; the deadline for entry is June 28, 2017.

National Coral Reef Management Fellowships
The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program is recruiting for seven two-year Coral Reef Management Fellowship positions in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, Hawai’i, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, with a January 2018 start date.  The deadline for application is July 11, 2017.

Residency for Scientists/Ecologists
PLAYA is an Oregon retreat for individuals who will benefit from time spent in a remote location.  Residencies of two and four weeks are offered in this remote location for scientists and artists. The deadline for application is September 1, 2017.

Bringing Finance and Conservation Together – Online
The EBM Tools Network and partners will host a webinar on Bringing finance and conservation together: the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation, July 25, 2017.  Free registration is required.

Citizen Science Webinar – Online
The next installment of NAAEE’s free monthly webinar series, Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the field of EE, July 25, 2017, is People-Powered Movements: Using Citizen Science to Change the World.  Be sure to submit your questions in advance.  Check out the series archive, with Isn’t it Spatial, Wild Contagious Hope, and more.

Corals in the Classroom – Baltimore
The National Aquarium and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation invite formal and informal middle and high school educators to Corals in the Classroom, a free, two part professional development workshop.  Participants will gain access to the foundation’s Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum.  Part 2 of the workshop, August 22, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, will focus on the current state of coral reefs and the threats they are facing.  The deadline for registration is June 28, 2017.

Workshops & Seminars

DataStreme Courses – Various
The American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Project is an expenses-paid professional development program for in-service K-12 educators.  Graduate-level courses in meteorology, oceanography, and climate science are offered by Local Implementation Teams across the country.  The fall course starts August 21, 2017 and runs through November; sign up as soon as possible for materials to arrive in time.  Those with no Local Implementation Teams can be accommodated through distant learning connections.  See the website for complete information.

Effects of Climate Change on The World’s Oceans
Hurry – the call for submission to the 4th International Symposium on The Effects of Climate Change on The World’s Oceans, June 4-8, 2018 in Washington D.C. has been extended to June 23, 2017.

EMBARC Program – California
Reef Check Foundation’s Educational Marine Biology Adventures with Reef Check (EMBARC) is an educational program conducted at Reef Check Foundation Headquarters in Marina del Rey, California.  It is focused on teaching students of all ages about marine ecosystems and how to carry out scientific investigations of the coastal waters surrounding Los Angeles.  The program gives students the chance to become a marine biologist for the day and to carry out scientific tests in the marina and out in the open ocean.  The program is free for Title I Los Angeles County schools.
Contact Katie Kozma at kkozma@reefcheck.org

Emerging Technologies Workshop  – Maryland
The theme of NOAA’s Emerging Technologies Workshop, August 22-23, 2017 in  College Park, Maryland, is Technology toward a Mission-effective, Integrated, Adaptable, and Affordable Observation Portfolio.  The workshop will bring together NOAA researchers, analysts, and practitioners of systems – both traditional and nontraditional; both remote sensing and in situ – across oceans, atmosphere, terrestrial, and space.  Free registration is required.

GCFI Conference
The 70th annual conference of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute will be held November 6-10, 2017 in Merida, Mexico.  The theme of the conference is Towards the Sustainability of Tropical Fisheries Strategies, Models and Tools.  The deadline for submission is August 15, 2017.  Financial aid may be available – check the website for details.  The conference website will open July 1, 2017.

Introduction to Citizen Science: Explorations in Educational Settings – Online
This professional development course from the Chicago Botanic Garden, July 11-August 11, 2017, provides an overview of citizen science.  Participants explore five well-known programs, learn how to participate, and design educational activities to engage learners in making observations.

Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series – Online
The FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Program presents a free monthly webinar series.  Upcoming topics include wildfire protection plans, developing a mitigation strategy, incorporating climate adaptation into mitigation planning, and more. The website links to the webinar schedule, registration, and archived recordings and materials.

NAAEE Annual Conference and Research Symposium
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.  Registration is now open.

Ocean MOOC – Online
This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offers a broad overview of the ocean.  Marine scientists team with economists, lawyers, and philosophers to bring a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship.  Modules include marine ecosystems, marine life and minerals, and more.  Though the course started June 14, 2017, it will be possible to catch up.

Ocean Exploration Workshop – Illinois
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.
•    September 9, 2017 with the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.  The deadline for registration is August 19, 2017.  Contact Laura Lytle at llytle@sheddaquarium.org

Urban Bird Treaty Program – Online
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center offers this free webinar, July 13, 2017 from 2-3pm ET.  Topics will include activities, programs, and tools to engage participants in bird-related activities for conservation and knowledge.
Contact Michelle Donolan at michelle_donlan@fws.gov

Antarctic Dispatches
The New York Times published Antarctic Dispatches, a three-part multimedia series with reporting accompanied by animated maps, photography, and four virtual reality films.  The team traveled to Antarctica in late 2016 and visited the McMurdo Station on Ross Island.

Biodiversity Course – Online
The California Academy of Sciences partnered with Khan Academy to develop this free course on biodiversity.  Participants will learn what biodiversity is, where it’s found, and much more.

The free CanVis tool offers coastal managers the opportunity to visualize future changes related to sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding.  The software can visualize possible future changes to ecosystems and the built environment, and evaluate the visual impact of options for protecting homes, businesses, and recreational spaces.

Climate Change Curriculum
Stanford University offers this Climate Change Curriculum for both middle and high school.   This curriculum integrates concepts from the earth, life, and physical sciences as well as current data on climate systems to help students understand the phenomena of climate change, the justification for these phenomena, and why these phenomena are both scientifically and socially important.  The curriculum has been divided into multi-day lesson plans for a total of 17 days of instruction.

Climate-Informed Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Guide
The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change and is intended to help build a community of practice.  The purpose of CAKE’s Climate-Informed Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Guide is not to recommend another planning framework, but instead to provide guidance that can be used with any coastal and marine plans regardless of the process used.

Corals of Chagos
The Chagos Information Portal offers information about the Chagos Archipelago, a large marine protected area in the Indian Ocean.  The website offers background information, multimedia, and much more.  Two image galleries, Birds of Chagos and Corals of Chagos, document some of the biodiversity found there.  The brief videos offer incredibly clear underwater visions of reef life.

Gulf of Mexico Science Modules
ECOGIG (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf) is a consortium which brings together physical oceanographers, marine biologists, and biogeochemists from 15 research institutions in an effort to understand the fate and impacts oil and gas on deepwater ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, and to chart the long-term effects and mechanisms of ecosystem recovery.  While math and science curriculum materials are still being developed, several multi-day modules for middle school are available upon request, including the Oil Spill Challenge, Earthquake Challenge, and more.  Be sure to check out the multimedia, cruise blogs, and more.

How Whales Change Climate
Trophic cascades are critical to sustaining the living system of the ocean.  This short YouTube video from Sustainable Human TV offers a simplified cascade linking whales to climate.

Ice and Sky
Ice and Sky is an interactive website about the history of glaciological research in Antarctica, and the history of climate change.  The program offers downloadable educational booklets, videos, and more.  Teachers can create and publish their own lessons under different themes (oceans, coral, and more) or on their own.

In-situ Microscope of Plankton and Particulates
The online Ocean News and Technology includes an article on the Continuous Plankton Imaging and Classification System, an In-situ microscope which provides continuous time-series of plankton and particulates.  It is providing automated measurements of plankton biodiversity on long-term observing systems.

Is that true?
In this activity hosted on Teach The Earth, students explore whether statements made by the news and media on climate change-related issues are true.  Examples are provided for Antarctic sea ice and hurricane intensity, but the activity could be extended to other topics as well.

Keep Cool
The Planet Protector Academy is a suite of classroom programs that teach elementary students about environmental issues, facilitated by a plug & play website.  The Keep Cool climate change module, currently available for free use in U.S. schools, supports curriculum standards for grades 3-5.

KEEP COOL comes to the United States!

Maker education, the art of taking raw materials and creating new things from the materials using imagination, provides opportunities for students to open their minds and develop new skill sets.  K–12 teachers can access articles, videos, and more, with discussions about funding, designing, and more.  Be sure to also check out the Christian Science Monitor article.

Marine Biology Course
Mark Friedman has posted links to COSEE-West’s 9th and 10th grade course and the complete honors Marine biology course to that same linkage.

Marine Spatial Planning in a Nutshell
Check out this short YouTube video describing marine spatial planning.

Natural Inquirer: Scientist Cards  
The Natural Inquirer offers Scientist Card Series highlighting more than 160 scientists. Each card is organized by category, including wildlife, weather & mapping, and much more.  Cards can be downloaded and printed for free, or ordered from the website. There are also two lesson plans available.

Nautilus Live
The 2017 Nautilus Expedition will explore the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  From May to November, Nautilus will document and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, to Baja California, Mexico.  Follow along with Seafloor Mapping, June 24-July 4, 2017, followed by a visit to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, down to Cordell Bank, and southward.

Ocean Data Portal Discussion
The June 2017 issue of MEAM (Marine Ecosystems and Management) features perspectives about developing ocean and coastal web atlases and data portals.  Discussion covers how to scope ocean and coastal data collection so the planning/management process can move on to next steps, prioritization, what data to include and how much, and more.

Ocean Frontiers Film Series
Green Fire Productions produces films on conservation and sustainability issues and makes them available for viewing through video clips or other means.  The films tell the stories of people finding solutions to environmental challenges they face on land and at sea.  They currently offer four films for free hosting, along with a list of upcoming screenings.

AWARD-WINNING FILM SERIES: A new way of thinking, a new way of living, in concert with the sea, in consideration of those yet to come.

Octopods and Squids
The Smithsonian Science webcast, Deep Ocean Discovery – Octopods and Squids is archived.  The website also links to teacher resources through Q?rius, along with information about assessment design and standards.  The teacher resource pages link to webcasts, lessons, activities, and much more.

Open Door
The Open Door Web Site is designed for teachers and students ages 9-17.  It features online textbooks, PowerPoint presentations, and more.  Biology chapters include Climates and Biomes, The Environment, and more while Physics includes Measurements.  There’s also history, math, and much more.

Return to the Moat of Death
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2017 expeditions are helping to investigate and map vulnerable marine habitats, as well as deep-sea geologic features such as the young, active volcano named Vailulu’u off American Samoa that is undergoing rapid growth.  As part of the Seamounts Theme Page, this lesson has students examine how geological, biological, and oceanographic processes are involved with habitats observed on Vailulu’u seamount, including time and spatial scales over which these processes operate.

SciShow is a series of science-related videos on YouTube.  Scientific fields covered include biology, meteorology, and much more.  A spin-off for younger students, SciShow Kids, is aimed at elementary school learners and often feature hands-on activities.

Splash and Bubbles
Splash and Bubbles is a children’s cartoon television series from PBS Kids.  Through character-driven comedy, Splash and Bubbles allows teachers to explore concepts unique to the oceans like currents, ocean zones and tides, as well as broader life sciences concepts including adaptation, diversity, camouflage, and migration.  Each episode also includes a documentary segment featuring kids asking questions.  The website links to video episodes along with some games and activities.

Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities Expedition
Join a team of U.S. and Canadian scientists for the expedition, Northern Neighbors: Transboundary Exploration of Deepwater Communities, as they explore deep-sea coral habitats in the Gulf of Maine, June 8-June 27, 2017, and archived thereafter.  They will explore canyons and deep-sea coral communities in the Gulf of Maine in water depths ranging from 200-3000 meters, collect data to characterize seafloor habitats, identify regions thought to be coral hotspots, and more.

Understanding Sea Level
Understanding Sea Level is a Data in the Classroom lesson set investigating changing sea level in a scaled sequence of five lessons for grades 6-8.  Students use NOAA’s on-line interactive tool to collect, analyze, and interpret real sea level data from satellites and coastal stations, and then apply this information to explore Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.

Unpaywall is an extension available for Chrome and Firefox which allows access to some published pre-publication research journal articles uploaded by their authors.

Using Data to Teach the Ocean System
Teach the Earth offers this collection of websites with data-rich resources that can be used for developing teaching materials.  The links can be further refined by subject, data source (observational, real-time data, model data), and more.  Explore topography, phytoplankton blooms, and much more.

Young Professionals Listserv
The National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeader’s listserv for young professionals in the conservation field offers monthly bulletins spotlighting young professionals in the field, events, job listings, and more.  Free registration is required.
Contact cochranc@nwf.org.

Yeggi is a search engine for printable 3D models.  Most of the designs are free to download and use, especially for educational purposes.

California Coastweeks
California Coastweeks, September 16-October 8, 2017, is an annual celebration of coastal and water resources, kicked off by California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Submit your event.

Great Annual Fish Count
The 16th annual Great Annual Fish Count is coordinated by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF); it mobilizes and trains volunteer divers and snorkelers in established methodologies to identify and document fish diversity and population trends in marine ecosystems.  Some states hold large fish count events each year.  Check fishcount.com to register your event or find local events.

Join the New England Aquarium Dive Club for their 16th Annual Great Annual Fish Count celebration, July 22, 2017 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Divers and snorkelers can count fish and invertebrates to help scientists (and win prizes).  See the website for details and free registration.

Summer of Service
Check out these 20 different ideas for Summer of Service projects from Youth Service America.  Ideas include Every Kid in a Park, StoryCorps, and more.  Be sure to check out the Disney Be Inspired grants, above.

Summer of Service

Washington Post   
While following news about climate change and educational reforms, you may have encountered paywalls that limit your access to online newspapers.  If you have Amazon Prime or an .edu, .gov or .mil email, you can sign up for a free digital subscription to The Washington Post.  Check out how, in this article from Money.


2. Palm Beach County School District – Environmental & Conservation Services Job Openings


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

June 2017 Southeast Regional Update:
1. Now Hiring at the Marine Science Station, Crystal River, FL
The Marine Science Station in Crystal River, Florida, a Citrus County School District educational facility, is now hiring a dedicated and passionate marine science educator. This position is ideal for those interested in teaching hands-on laboratory and field-based lessons to elementary and secondary students on land, aboard boats, and literally within habitats of coastal springs, rivers, estuaries, and the Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about the Marine Science Station, go to http://mss.citrusschools.org/. To learn more about the Citrus County School District, a State of Florida High Performing School District, go to http://www.citrus.k12.fl.us/.

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

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

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

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

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

How to Apply
Go to http://www.citrus.k12.fl.us/
Click on “Employment”
Click on “Job Postings and Complete an Application”
Click on “Click to view current job openings”
Scroll through “All Posted Positions”
On the left side, click on the square to select the Marine Science Station Teacher position opening.
On the right side, click on “Apply for Selected Positions”
New users must create a user profile to begin the application process.
Please be sure to follow the application directions carefully.
Please be sure to attach a resume and any letters of recommendation at the end of the online application process.

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

Thank you,
Earnie Olsen
MSS Supervisor

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

For further information and instructions, please see: https://www.marinelife.org/about/careers/data-collection-intern/
3. AGU Fall Meeting
This is a unique opportunity for K-12 students. In December of 2017, there will be a poster session for students at the AGU Fall Meeting 2017 which will be held in New Orleans, Louisianna. The Bright STaRS poster session <http://education.agu.org/diversity-programs/bright-stars/> is a unique opportunity for students to share research at a scientific meeting.

Here’s the session information:

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


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

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


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

For questions, please contact Elizabeth Eubanks: hoocaca@yahoo.com


4. Information Exchange for Marine Educators – NOAA

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 CORAL Conservation Prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funky Nests 2017

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

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

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

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

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

NWAF Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants

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

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

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

Training Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Vanishing Treasures Workshops – Various
The NPS Vanishing Treasures Program is offering 15, two- to four-day technical and
cultural resource management preservation workshops across the western U.S. in 2017. The program supports the preservation of traditionally-built architecture, facilitates the perpetuation of traditional skills, and promotes connections between culturally
associated communities and places of their heritage. Check the facebook or the contact
us links for information. https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1022/index.htm

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

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

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

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

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

Print Editions and Compendiums

Climate Change Links
The city of Chicago now hosts climate change information previously hosted on the
EPA’s website and includes active links to background information, adaptation, and
more. https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/sites/climatechange/home.html

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

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

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

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

Designing Project Based Learning Using the Environment
Ten Strands works to strengthen partnerships and strategies to foster environmental
literacy for California’s K–12 students. Their website hosts the article, How to Use the
Environment to Design Project Based Learning Experiences, describing examples of
student projects and offering links to more information. https://tenstrands.org/epcs/use-environment-design-project-based-learning-experiences/

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

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

Environmental Education Resources for Teachers and Students
These free resources were developed by the New Bedford Public Schools’ Sea Lab and
partners. Materials include Biomagnification Role Play; New Bedford Harbor: Go Fish!
Activity; and much more.
https://www.epa.gov/new-bedford-harbor/environmental-education-resources-teachers- and-students

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teatime 4 Science

World Oceans Day
The Ocean Project coordinates World Oceans Day, held every year on June 8. The
theme for 2017 is Our Oceans, Our Future. Check out the plastic pollution resources, register an event, and more.

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As we shift gears for the summer some of us in the informal realm will be getting busier with camps while others in the formal realm (at least those who don’t pick up other jobs in the summer) will be taking a well deserved break. Here are a few things to hopefully hold your interest if you can join them.

Sustainable Floridians

Have you thought about living more sustainably, but don’t know where to start? Or are you interested in how you can convince others to live more sustainably? If so, this discussion-to-action program is just for you. Join UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County beginning August 15, 2017 for the University of Florida Sustainable Floridians℠ program!

You will learn about making wise use of resources; making households and communities more resilient and financially sound; community leadership and engaging others; and understanding the impact of individual lifestyle choices.

The program will be held August 15, 16, and 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Walk on the Wildside

Now is your chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Friends of the Archie Carr Refuge invite you on an educational tour to watch a mother sea turtle lay her eggs, cover her nest and voyage back to the ocean. Walks start at 9 p.m. and end around 11 p.m, midnight at the latest. Walks are offered at in Brevard County on Wednesday and Saturday nights and in Indian River County on Saturday nights through the months of June and July. Cost is a $15.00 recommended donation per person. Join your fellow FMSEA members on July 8 or pick a night that works for you. Go to http://carrrefuge.org/Turtle-Walks to see the available dates and register.

Citizen Science and Otters

Barrier Island Center is thrilled to host marine mammalogist, Megan Stolen, this Saturday at 3 p.m. to offer an informative talk about river otters and how you can become an “Otter Spotter,” gathering data to help us better understand and conserve the IRL otter population.

NOAA Webinars

NOAA is hosting a series of  OneNOAA Seminars from now through September. Just click the link to see the topics available.
Developer – Lori K. Brown

All OneNOAA Science Seminar are by default op​en to the general public unless otherwise indicated. Most seminars are not​​recorded for later viewing, although some presenters provide a PDF of the presentation upon request to the seminar point of contact or presenter. Most seminars offer limited remote access on a first come, first served basis via a combination of webex/phone.

Please feel free to share this announcement widely with your colleagues within and outside NOAA. Public visitors wishing to attend a seminar in person in a NOAA facility need to contact the Point of Contact (POC) for the seminar of interest to gain physical access to the building. Access to people with disabilities and requests for sign language interpretation or other accommodations should be directed to the POC for the ​seminar of interest.




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

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

May 2017 Southeast Regional Update:


This update is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program, with additional support from the National Marine Protected Areas Center, to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. It is intended to encourage exchange of information and programs. We hope that it will also promote collaboration among the different educators addressing similar issues in their programs.

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

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

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


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

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

Community Grants

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

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

Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017

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

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

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

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

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

HBCU All- Star Students Program

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

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

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

Student Scholarship Program

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

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

Grant Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Engaging Alaska Youth in STEM and Community Resilience

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAR 104, Oceanography, 3 credits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCEP Effective Practices Guide

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

Climate Teaching Modules

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

CSLN Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Environmental Education in Song
Check out the following singers and bands for music to learn with:
• Banana Slug String Band: http://www.bananaslugstringband.com/
• Sisbro Studios: https://www.sisbro.com/music/
• Gary Bowman Songs: http://www.garybowmansongs.com/
In addition, look through the resources on the United Nation’s Songs for Environmental Education website: https://songsforee.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The virtual dives take users underwater for a scuba diver’s view of your national marine sanctuaries, allowing you to navigate through the dive sites as if you were there in person. Learn more here. http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/may17/virtual-dives.html

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



Veronica Frehm
Southeast Regional Director, FMSEA

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

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

April 2017 Southeast Regional Update http://fmsea.org/2017/04/april-2017-regional-update/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:55:21 +0000 http://fmsea.org/?p=5220

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
TeachOceanScience.net 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 hheenehan@gmail.com

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 mconover@lumcon.edu

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. https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/storytelling/we-are-all-storytellers

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: seleefer@webtv.net

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 http://learning.myfwc.com/login/index.php

5. Teach Ocean Science
TeachOceanScience.net 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 cheryl@macarthurbeach.org

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

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Online Conference Registration Ending Friday!

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

Cast Your Ballot

If you haven’t done so already  we need you to vote by Friday. We have the following nominees running for positions on the FMSEA Board. Please cast your vote at :  https://goo.gl/forms/2UbBnfKUPDTzpj2k1  DEADLINE TO VOTE IS APRIL 14TH!!! 

President-Elect Candidate:  Jennifer Fagan

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

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

Panhandle Regional Director Candidate:  Charlene Mauro

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

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

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

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

Panhandle Regional Director Candidate:  Kenya Williams

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


Northeast Regional Director Candidate:  Karen Meyer

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

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

East-Central Regional Director Candidate:  Brandon Smith

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

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

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

Southeast Regional Director Candidate:  Veronica Frehm

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

Southwest Regional Director Candidate:  Dana Henderson

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

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

You Could Be a Winner

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) has generously budgeted a $500 financial aid scholarship for a current FMSEA member to attend NMEA 2017 in Charleston, SC during June 25-29, 2017.  FMSEA members who wish to go to NMEA 2017 but otherwise could not due to personal or professional financial hardships should only apply for this award. Please use this link to apply for the NMEA financial aid scholarship: https://goo.gl/forms/7ntZPJP7GDCI0VH93

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

BIC Bound

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

Oyster Restoration with Brevard Zoo

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

Dive in Deep with NOAA

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

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

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

Mark your calendars for a Webinar for Educators on April 20, 7 PM EST/1 PM HST. This 1 hour presentation will share the science behind the expedition and online resources for educators to help bring this expedition to life in your classroom. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4079765764324751619

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

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

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

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



East Central Regional Update March/April http://fmsea.org/2017/03/east-central-regional-update-marchapril/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:30:48 +0000 http://fmsea.org/?p=5158

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

Judge Needed ASAP

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

Award Deadline Extended

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

Going… Going… SOLD!

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

Speaking of the Conference

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

Tracking Terrapins

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

 Oysters on the Half Shell

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

Become a Master Naturalist

The upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program in our region is:

Coastal Systems

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

Aquatic Collection Permit Workshops

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

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


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

Marineland Lecture Series

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

eBooks for the trail

All 4 sections Great Florida Birding Trail Guides are now available as eBooks from Amazon. https://goo.gl/NH8LIO

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

All Expenses Trip to Australia

We are pleased to announce the 2017 School of Rock professional development workshop on board the JOIDES Resolution while it is in transit from Subic Bay Philippines to Townsville Australia. Dates ~10 -27 July 2017. It is designed for pairs of early career scientists and secondary-level educators applying together. You will learn all about how scientific ocean drilling reveals Earth’s secrets! If accepted, all expenses are paid. To find out more and apply, visit http://joidesresolution.org/node/3298. So grab a scientist and apply today.

Until next month…

University of Florida summer programs for teachers and students http://fmsea.org/2017/03/university-of-florida-summer-programs-for-teachers-and-students/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:55:41 +0000 http://fmsea.org/?p=5152

2017 Teacher Summer Programs


CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens

Two-week research program for high school teachers from June 18-30 $1300 stipend upon successful completion www.cpet.ufl.edu/teachers/catalyses

CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens focuses on infectious diseases and translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics. This project creates and expands partnerships that connect university researchers with high school teachers to promote students’ interest in and preparation for science careers. This innovative program integrates experiences from a summer Institute into classroom action during the school year.

CATALySES is funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award to support science teachers in ongoing opportunities for personal enrichment and professional advancement in biomedical education, building on and extending partnerships that connect University of Florida researchers in Emerging Pathogens, Clinical and Translational Science, and Education with schools throughout the state.



Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climate

One-week program for all educators from June 19-23 Cost: $100; includes double hotel accommodations on the UF campus and most meals www.cpet.ufl.edu/teachers/humanities-and-the-sunshine-state

This interdisciplinary summer seminar supports educators in developing informed and novel approaches to teach about climate change in both formal and informal education settings. Through field trips and hands-on activities, explore changes to Florida’s waters evidenced in forests, springs, and coastal areas, and discuss how these changes impact future Floridians across the state. This seminar pairs leading scholars and Master Teachers from the humanities and ecological sciences to give educators the tools to observe and analyze environmental change and bring perspectives from culture, history, and ethics to address and adapt to our contemporary challenges.


The Humanities and the Sunshine State educator program is offered in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council’s Educator Workshop Series with major funding provided by the Florida Humanities Council.



2017 Student Programs


Explorations in Biomedical Research

Two-week research program for students entering grades 11 and 12 from July 16-28

Cost: $1000 commuter; $2000 residential

This program focuses on translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics. This program connects high school students to researchers in interdisciplinary biomedical sciences to promote interest in and preparation for bioscience careers.

Florida Youth Institute

One-week residential program for students entering grades 11 and 12 from July 9-14 OR July 16-21

Cost: $350

FYI immerses students in various agriculture, life science, and natural resources disciplines to stimulate interest in and an appreciation for the range of college majors and career opportunities available in these areas. This program is sponsored by the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Humanities and the Sunshine State: Florida Water Stories

One-week residential program for students entering grades 11 and 12 from June 11-17

Cost $350

For this program, selected participants will explore how Florida’s past has shaped the present and how today’s actions affect the future of the state. Planned activities include visits to special collections, field trips to local Florida landmarks, and social activities at the university. Support for this program was provided by the Humanities Council, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Research in Environmental Toxicology

Two-week research program for students entering grades 11 and 12 from July 16-28

Cost: $1000 commuter; $2000 residential

This program connects university researchers and students to promote interest in and preparation for environmental science-related careers. Students will engage in a series of activities which highlight the relationship between biological, chemical, and engineering processes needed to mitigate current environmental concerns.



Science Quest

One-week themed residential program for students entering grade 10 from June 25-30 OR July 9-14 Cost: $850 per session

This program immerses students in various science disciplines to stimulate their interest and appreciation for the range of college and career opportunities available in science. Students will attend a variety of lectures and demonstrations, visit research laboratories and other facilities, and perform multiple science experiments.  Students may attend one or both weeks of Science Quest, each with its own individual theme: biological sciences and physical sciences.



Student Science Training Program

Seven-week residential research experience for students entering grade 12 from June 11-July 29

Cost:  $4500

SSTP is research program for students considering medicine, math, computer, science, or engineering careers. The program emphasis is research participation with a UF faculty and his or her research team. Students engage in the ongoing research of the faculty-mentor for 30 hours/week, attend a lecture series on current research topics, and participate in a UF honors seminar class.





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March 2017 Regional Update http://fmsea.org/2017/03/march-2017-regional-update/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:17:58 +0000 http://fmsea.org/?p=5149

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: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1913822

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 www.marinetech.org

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:
https://www.manchestercc.edu/continuing-education/excursions-in-learning/catalogs/ (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 edandpat74@comcast.net (860) 871-2884
Carleigh Schultz cschultz@manchestercc.edu (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 education@marinelife.org 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 Veronica@macarthurbeach.org 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 Veronica@macarthurbeach.org

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: http://discover.pbcgov.org/humanresources/PDF/Recruitment/Application%20Employment.pdf
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 | CSharkey@pbcgov.org
Connect with us: www.pbcparks.com

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.

Collected archives and issues of the newsletter, past and present, are available at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/resources/education/welcome.html#exchange.

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.

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 lbien@pwssc.org

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 educationprograms@auduboninstitute.org
• 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 casey.radley@ncaquariums.com
• 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 pamela.pittman@ncaquariums.com
• 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 tleblanc@AudubonInstitute.org

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 georgiabeachwalk@bellsouth.net

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.

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 Climate.gov 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 fmsea.org/welcome.

East Central Regional Update March 2017 http://fmsea.org/2017/02/fmsea-regional-update-march-2017/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:25:09 +0000 http://fmsea.org/?p=5134

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

Remember scholarships are available to our members but you must apply 60 days in advance which would be by March 5, so that deadline is also fast approaching. We rarely hand out all we have budgeted for scholarships so please apply and remember you can use it for other continuing education as well if you are unable to attend this conference.

Also due on March 5 are the FMSEA Annual Awards nominations. Nominate yourself or another educator for either the John Beakley Marine Educator of the Year or the FMSEA Service Award.

Another deadline is by tomorrow, March 1, to nominate yourself for a board position. We have several positions open for nomination including president elect and my seat as the East Central Regional Director. While I plan to run again I do not discourage any competition. In order to nominate yourself you must send a brief bio, picture, and statement on why you want to serve to president-elect@fmsea.org by tomorrow.

You can still apply to present at FMSEA as well. The deadline for proposals is March 15,

We also need help with the silent auction. If you’d like to volunteer on the committee you can just email me at eastcentral@fmsea.org. If you have items to submit you can fill out the Silent Auction Donation Form. If would like to ask your and other organizations then please contact me and I can supply you with the donation request letter and make sure we haven’t already contacted those organizations.

Now on to other items of note from our member organizations and beyond.

Conservation Science and Coastal Studies

The Florida Master Naturalist Program has the following course open in our region. Click the links for the full syllabus and registration.

Conservation Science, Fridays & Saturdays, March 10-18, 2017, Brevard County

Conservation Science, Fridays-Sunday, March 10-12, 2017, Seminole County

Coastal Systems, Fridays & Saturdays, April 21 – May 20 , 2017 (minus the FMSEA conference weekend of course), Brevard County

Happenings at Brevard Zoo

Looking to get involved and support restoring the lagoon? The zoo needs help building supplies for future reef deployments. Join the next shell bagging event on March 3. Sign up today to reserve your spot! Register Now

Come visit zoo staff at free upcoming events including the Florida Scrub-Jay Festival, an Adopt-A-Mangrove workshop, a presentation from Michael G. Starkey of SAVE THE FROGS!, a Leave No Trace workshop and the Grant Seafood Festival. Find out more details about each by checking out the Conservation Calendar located on the right side of their page! Learn More

Film Festival

One of our lifetime members, Phil Gravinese, is the founder and organizer for the Youth Making Ripples Film Festival. Florida Tech is  hosting this exciting, engaging, and interactive marine themed film festival on March 16. There will be activities set up by local conservation organizations before the films, and a raffle after with prizes including Brevard Zoo tickets, paddleboard passes, restaurant gift cards, and more. See the event flyer for more details.

Work at the MDC

Today is the last day to apply for several jobs at the Marine Discovery Center. Check out the following jobs for Lead Camp Instructor, Media Internship, Assistant Aquarist, and Summer Camp Assistant.

Sea Turtle Safety

The UF/IFAS Extension has created an informative poster about sea turtle safety that you can use.

More Seminars Than You Can Shake a Stick At

The OneNOAA Science Seminar Series is a voluntary effort started in 2004 with contributors from across NOAA Line Offices to bring you the most comprehensive summary of NOAA-hosted, public access, environmental science and climate seminars across the nation. Click the previous link for a summary of the seminars. Click on the title (web link) of each seminar for detailed information. Seminars may be updated at any time. Please check the OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar often for the latest seminar information. For general questions about the seminars, please contact Tracy.Gill@noaa.govLori.Brown@noaa.gov, or Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov. For questions specific to a seminar, please contact the point of contact listed in the seminar description of each seminar in the seminar calendar.

Sex in the Sea the Sequel

In this, the second episode of the “Ocean Lovin'” series covering reproduction in the sea, we feature cephalopod experts from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle Aquarium and Woods Hole!

The episode covers the sex lives of the deep sea octopus, the flamboyant cuttlefish and the giant pacific octopus. Come give a listen on SoundCloud or Itunes

World Water Day

Project WET wants you to know about an exciting opportunity to promote water awareness worldwide. They are sharing their award-winning water resources education materials and network of partners to encourage involvement in #MyWaterStory, a global social media conversation culminating in World Water Day activities hosted by the Vatican.

Through the websites worldwatervalues.org and bluerootsproject.org, people from around the world can submit water stories, inspiring us to think about the value of water in their own lives and to respond with multimedia content, such as videos, audio recordings, tweets, photos, artistic work and more.

Learn More

Science Without Boarders

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate STEAM into your classroom? Then, consider incorporating the Science without Borders® Challenge art contest into your curriculum. Be inspired by Disa, an art teacher in the Philippines, who did just that. Read about her experience using the Challenge to not only teach about science and art, but encourage them to take action by conserving their local fisheries.

Theme: “Reef SuperSpecies”

Prizes: 1st Place: $500; 2nd Place: $350; 3rd Place: $200

Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Eligibility: 11-14 year olds and 15-19 year olds enrolled in primary or secondary school, or the homeschool equivalent.

For more information about the contest, check out Rules and FAQ