I just had the pleasure of touring our conference locations for this year in St. Augustine and I think you’ll be very excited when you see them too. Besides having a great conference agenda lined up at some gorgeous sites there is also so much to do in the U.S.’s oldest city that you’ll want to make sure to stay an extra day or too to enjoy everything. If you want any recommendations let me know as I’m rather familiar with the historic district. There is some amazing food & drink offered in this city so make sure to check it out. I invite any members to join me in some libations during the conference and I’ll show you a few of my favorite haunts. As for the conference here are a few things that you need to know:

Call for presenters is open till March 15. Submit a proposal by filling out the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/mf0OkEmhC2ZJ4DBF2

Call for exhibitors is now open. Sign up here to claim one of the limited booth spaces.

The hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites, Vilano Beach is great being right on the beach and walking distance from Publix. They are also offering an amazing rate of $164 per night so reserve your space now.

We are accepting donations for the silent auction which helps raise money for scholarships. If you have anything you’d like to donate you can fill out the form found at https://goo.gl/forms/KSiyt4prgcDks9bf2 or if you have contacts for other groups that might donate you can just email me with who to get in touch with and I can take care of the rest.

There will be more to come on the conference so stay tuned. But now on to the other offerings in our region.

Seaglass and More at the BIC

The don’t miss event of the Sea Glass Symposium as well as many other great events are coming up at the Barrier Island Center. See their flyer for more details.

Research money available

The call for proposals for Sea Grant is now open. Check out here for more information.

Learn to “frog” by ear

Brevard Zoo has Frogwatch training coming up next month. Read the flyer for more information on this great citizen science project.

Job Opportunity available

Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Position: Coordinator, Academic Support Services position #980318

Job Summary: The Coordinator, Academic Support Services will coordinate various marine education programs, including developing curriculum, scheduling visiting groups, managing teaching labs, and training other instructors.

Job Duties: Will provide instruction in marine education programs at the high school level. Aid in maintaining a safe and clean work place in compliance with FAU and HBOI safety and dive safety programs. Perform other duties as assigned.


A Master’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, science education, or related field and two years of experience required. Experience in operating small boats is required. Experience in science education at the K-12 level is also required. Lifeguarding experience is preferred. Must be able to meet training and skill requirements set by FAU’s Dive Safety for snorkeling supervision. Requirements may include but are not limited to obtaining certifications in lifesaving, CPR, AED, O2, and first aid. Must complete the necessary training as provided by FAU and HBOI. Excellent organizational skills, strong communication skills, and the ability to work well as part of a team are also a must. Must be able to work outside of regular work hours when necessary. Valid driver’s license required.

Salary range: $35,000 – $40,000 per annum

Term:   Grant funded, current end date 7/31/17, eligible but not guaranteed for additional funding

Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is location at FAU’s Harbor Branch in Fort Pierce Florida.  Final candidate will be required to have official, sealed transcripts and original NACES evaluation, if applicable, sent from their educational institution to Human Resources prior to the start of employment. Successful completion of a background and motor vehicle check is required for the selected candidate prior to the start date.  Applicants must apply electronically on the website https://jobs.fau.edu by completing Faculty, Administrative, Managerial and Professional (AMP) Positions Application, position number 980318.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service, and reflects this commitment as a key Platform in its 2015-2025 Strategic Plan.  All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.



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

Veronica Frehm

January 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

1. Mote Marine Laboratory is partnering with the Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples Film Festival.
The 4th Annual Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples film festival will take place in the WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory (1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL) on Friday, January 20, 2017. The event is free and open to the community as well as the general public. The film festival will kick off with a pre-viewing reception where Mote scientists will showcase their research through hands-on interactive demonstrations and posters. Then we will show this year’s Youth Making Ripples finalist videos. Following the film presentation, we will have a short Q&A session with a panel of science related professionals.

RSVP’s are encouraged as seating is limited. Teachers interested in bringing their classes can also RSVP seats for their students.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at mote.org/events.

Questions? Contact youthmakingripples@gmail.com.

2. Wild Dolphin Project – summer INTERN trip dates are released!
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 summer INTERN trip dates have been released!

Trip #1: Tuesday, May 9th – Wednesday, May 17th
Trip #2: Tuesday, May 23rd – Wednesday, May 31st

The remainder of the summer field research season trip dates should be announced by the end of this month!

Please feel free to share this message with a student you think would be interested in an internship with The Wild Dolphin Project! For more information please visit our “Student Intership Opportunities” page on our website here: http://www.wilddolphinproject.org/participate/student-internship-opportunities/. To sign up you will need to email your proof of student status to fieldwork@wilddolphinproject.org. Once your documents are reviewed and accepted, payment in full will be required in order to secure a spot on the trip(s). You may do this via the “donate” tab on our website or mail a check to the address listed below. We will then email you application documents and other pertinent trip information. Accommodations aboard Research Vessel, Stenella, as well as a walk-through video are available for your reference here: http://www.wilddolphinproject.org/our-research/research-vessel/.

Now may be a good time to shop our store for WDP merchandise and memberships for holiday gifts for family and friends. As always, we thank you for your continued support of our research!

Please stay tuned for the remainder of the trip dates to be announced shortly. Remember: friends of WDP get first sign up opportunity before it releasing to the general public.

Wild Dolphin Project
PO Box 8436
Jupiter, Florida 33468
T 561.575.5660
F 561.277.2442

3. School Programs Intern at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
For further information and instructions, please see: https://www.marinelife.org/about/careers/school-programs-intern/

4. Aquatic WILD workshop
Greynolds Park, North Miami Beach, FL
Saturday, 1/28/2017

Registration is required. To reserve your spot, contact Marcia Bisnett seleefer@webtv.net

5. Big Bend Science Symposium in Cedar Key, FL February 1st-3rd
See attached flyer and this link (https://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/) for information about the upcoming Big Bend Science Symposium in Cedar Key, FL February 1-3rd. The Keynote Address and poster session on Thursday are open to the public and Friday morning will be open to participation by area High School students. Please share with anyone that may be interested. Registration link: http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/Basic/1400057452

6. Special Explorations for Teachers and Students
Now Open for Submissions: the University of Florida’s Center for Pre-Collegiate Education and Training’s Special Explorations for Teachers and Students: https://www.cpet.ufl.edu/teachers/sets/explorations/scheduling/

7. Florida Manatee Festival
January 14, 2017 – January 15, 2017 N Citrus Avenue and Kings Bay Park, Crystal River FL 34428 Florida’s Premier Manatee Festival in the Manatee Capital of the World. Food, art, crafts, entertainment, and a chance to see the incredible Manatees of Three Sisters Springs.

8. Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science Training Workshop
February 24th from 1:00 – 3:30 PM in Cedar Key, FL. In this hands-on training workshop, volunteers will learn about basic horseshoe crab biology, procedures for sampling breeding populations of horseshoe crabs, and procedures for measuring and tagging horseshoe crabs. Volunteers will be familiarized with gear and understand how the data they collect is used by the FWC and other agencies. Volunteers who complete the workshop will be eligible to volunteer for the Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science program in the Big Bend (sites in Cedar Key, Hagen’s Cove near Steinhatchee, and Shired Island near Horseshoe Beach), but are not required to do so. Weather and time permitting, the workshop will include a field portion. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/horseshoe-crab-citizen-science-training-workshop-tickets-29328289704

9. 23rd annual Public Interest Environmental Conference: “Land Conservation: The Worth Of the Earth.”
February 9-11th in Gainesville, FL. For over twenty years, the Public Interest Environmental Conference (PIEC) has sought to promote an understanding of the legal aspects of environmental protection, to serve and inform individuals as to the necessity for improvements in environmental legal protection, foster the development of sound environmental legislation, measure the effects of environmental litigation, and to assist other groups involved in environmental education. The conference brings together legal practitioners, academics, policy makers, and private citizens to discuss preeminent issues surrounding a different environmental topic each year. The theme of the 2017 conference is land conservation and will examine the challenges, concerns, and future of land conservation law and policy from a regional and national standpoint. See: https://ufpiec.org/

10. National Marine Science Educators Associate (NMEA) National Conference
When: June 25-June 29, 2017
Where: Charleston, SC
To register and for full details: http://www.marine-ed.org/page/2017conference

11. Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Position: Coordinator, Academic Support Services position
We have an opportunity for an educator with a science background to join our Harbor Branch education staff. We are planning to fill the position ASAP. The bulk of the current work is focused on teaching in our high school classes that we do as part of the Marine and Oceanographic Academy (see: http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/moa/). The position description and link to the application website follows.

The Coordinator, Academic Support Services will coordinate various marine education programs, including developing curriculum, scheduling visiting groups, managing teaching labs, and training other instructors.
Applicants must apply electronically on the website https://jobs.fau.edu by completing Faculty, Administrative, Managerial and Professional (AMP) Positions Application, position number 980318.

12. FREE Oil spill science resources
I wanted to share some new resources that our Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team has been working on. These outreach materials are designed to educate natural resource managers, emergency responders, elected officials, and other adult audiences but I thought some of you might find them useful for your classes or educational programs.
Outreach publications – We have 11 publications that are now available. These publications answer questions about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For example: Is Gulf seafood safe to eat?; How did the oil spill impact habitats?; How were fisheries affected?; Where did the oil go?; and more! Visit http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/ to download copies.
Scientific presentations – We’ve had a slew of scientists present their research and latest findings during our science seminars. Topics range from oil spill impacts on habitats, fisheries, and people; how dispersants are used; and where the oil went after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All are available at http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/presentations/.
We’ll have lots of new information coming out over the next year so stay tuned! If you’d like to be added to our email list, please let me know. Our science seminars are available for streaming if you teach outside of the Gulf and we are currently working on shorter publications that may be of interest to you all.

-Dispatches from the Gulf: http://dispatchesfromthegulf.com/ – This documentary is a new episode in the Journey to Planet Earth series and highlights all of the research that’s underway. It’s really cool!!
-Educational resources: http://education.gulfresearchinitiative.org/ – The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative has so many activities on their website that were designed for informal and formal educators. Check them out!

-Outreach products: http://gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach/publications/ – The Team that I work with (cc’d on this email) has created outreach publications that pull together new science on topics such as dispersants, oil on our beaches, impacts to fisheries, and seafood safety. They are designed for adults but would also be suitable for older students.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We hope you find these resources useful!
Larissa Graham
Oil Spill Science Extension Specialist
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Office: (251) 438-5690
Cell: (251) 348-5436

13. Scholarship Opportunity for high school seniors!
We offer a $4000 scholarship to high school seniors entering college to study environmental science (see flyer attached). Let me know if you have any questions or issues. Thank you!

Jessica Andreasen | Naturalist, Green Cay Nature Center
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
12800 Hagen Ranch Rd. | Boynton Beach | Florida 33437
T: 561.966.7001 | F: 561.496.4369 | jandreasen@pbcgov.org
Connect with us: www.pbcparks.com

14. Free AMS DataStreme Earth Science Courses!
The American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Program still has openings for their free courses. Besides enhancing your knowledge of weather, ocean, and climate science, you can earn 3 grad credits through SUNY Brockport FOR FREE.
Here are the links to these programs:

DataStreme Atmosphere

DataStreme Ocean

DataStreme Earth’s Climate System

Each site has a link to the application form, and the LITS (Local Implementation Teams). Even if there is not a LIT in your State/Locality, we can accommodate you via Skype and other distant learning connections.


Mike Passow
(AMS Education Resource Agent for NJ/NY)

15. Marine Science Education Professional Development, Big Pine Key, FL
Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (NHMI) is now accepting registrations for our annual Marine Education Workshop.

Registration Fee: $250.00 TEACHERS/EDUCATORS

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

NHMI is located on Big Pine Key, in the Lower Florida Keys, 120 miles southwest of Miami via US 1. This Marine Education Workshop will offer the opportunity to study a variety of marine science concepts. Unique sub-tropical program sites within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary include: Soft and hard coral communities, mangrove islands, nearshore sponge and seagrass beds, and Negoniolithon Shoals.
All educators, naturalists and others with an interest in the marine environment, 21 and older, are invited to join us.

In-Service Credit: Available to participants through your county/school office.

An FWC/FMSEA Aquatic Species Collecting Workshop to earn a 3-year certification to collect aquatic species for educational purposes within the state of Florida will also be offered during the weekend.

This is a great opportunity to experience first-hand the unique approach NHMI/Seacamp uses to educate youth through a customized experiential education program,
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about any aspects of our programs.

Judy Gregoire
Newfound Harbor Marine Institute
305-872-2331 ext 238

16. OneNOAA Science Seminars
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. Below is an abbreviated summary of the seminars. Click on the title (web link) of each seminar for detailed information. Additional information including how to subscribe to this OneNOAA Science seminars list is at the bottom of this email. 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.gov, Lori.Brown@noaa.gov, or Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov.

17. WORLD OCEAN RADIO: Sacred Places
This week’s audio episode of World Ocean Radio entitled “Sacred Places” is now available online at worldoceanobservatory.org/radio-item/sacred-places-special-new-year-edition. You may also read World Ocean Radio as a weekly blog post on Medium.com.
In this New Year’s episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill details a number of sacred places around the globe–on islands, along the shore, on the banks of rivers, lakes and streams–and the allies that these spaces have found in protective movements, enforcement, and international action. He outlines the relationship of biodiverse regions around the world to their sacred and scientific importance, and how conservation justifies protection while simultaneously meeting the goals of religionists and conservationists alike.
Trisha Badger, Managing Director
World Ocean Observatory

18. Deep-Sea Science in the Classroom: Exploring Coral Communities of the West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries
January 18, 2017 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific
Take your students on an incredible journey hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ocean, without ever leaving the classroom! Using research footage from ROVs, your students will be able to utilize real scientific methods to explore the unique deep-sea coral communities along the West Coast.

Join Rietta Hohman of the Greater Farallones Association to investigate threats, such as ocean acidification, that these precious ecosystems face and learn the importance of long-term scientific monitoring and protection. These educational materials are aligned to NGSS and are available to download for free.

This webinar series will provide educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom.

19. Restoration Ecology Internship, Archbold Biological Station, Florida Beginning May 2017.
Applications due March 6, 2017. Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room and Board. A Restoration Ecology Internship is available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida, with shared responsibilities in the Restoration Ecology Program (supervised by Dr. Betsie Rothermel), the Plant Ecology Program (Dr. Eric Menges) and Land Management (Archbold Land Manager, Kevin Main). The intern will conduct an independent project with a field component in sandhill restoration, and also work as a research/land management assistant for 20 hours per week implementing sandhill restoration, including control of invasive plants. The intern will be an integral part of a team restoring sandhill at Archbold Biological Station using a combination of fire, mowing, and herbiciding/pulling of exotic plants, as well as experimental plantings of desired native species. The restoration area supports a population of gopher tortoises and many endangered plants. The intern will also have opportunities to assist with other long-term monitoring and research projects in plant ecology and herpetology. This internship is supported by a grant from the Ecological Society of America. Archbold interns live on site in dorm-style housing and receive breakfasts and lunches on weekdays, a weekly meal allowance of $54, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work half-time (average of 20 hours per week) as research assistants and the rest of their time developing and implementing an independent project. This internship will run for approximately 7 months (May – November). Our internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of scientific research, from project development and data collection to oral and written presentations, providing ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology. Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000-ha preserve, an outstanding regional library, and a GIS lab. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed field station atmosphere.

Additional information can be found at the Archbold website:
http://www.archbold-station.org/ To apply for a Restoration Ecology internship, please provide the following (preferably as a single document in PDF format): a cover letter indicating relevant experience, research interests, and how this experience would further your professional goals; a resumé or CV; and a summary of grades, including GPA. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by March 6, 2017. EMAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY! Send to Betsie Rothermel at brothermel@archbold-station.org.

The Florida Marine Science Educators Association invites you to propose a session at:
Topics on ocean literacy, marine & ocean conservation, new & innovative marine science content, research, activities, and K-16 curriculum are encouraged.
All concurrent sessions will be Saturday, May 6th.

Please complete and submit the Call for Presenters form by using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/mf0OkEmhC2ZJ4DBF2

Deadline for proposal submission is 5:00PM March 15, 2017. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent during the following week of March.
Questions? Contact:

21. Sponsor students in Bow Seat’s NEW Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition!
Are you looking for an engaging and meaningful way to bring ocean pollution issues “to life” with your students? Do you want to help your students build ocean literacy skills through a hands-on and creative project?

This Competition is a great opportunity for students to build communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills, as well as deepen their understanding of the marine debris problem while making a real difference at their schools and in their communities. Students can earn scholarships of up to $5,000 – and Sponsors can earn awards too!

The Challenge:
Design and carry out a project on your school’s campus or in the local community that uses the creative arts to: educate the public about marine debris, inspire people to change their behavior, and engage them in activities that reduce or prevent marine debris. The Competition, sponsored by a grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, is open to middle and high school students in the U.S.

It’s perfect for green teams, environmental clubs, Scout troops, marine science interns, or any ocean-loving teens!

Registration is easy and takes less than 10 minutes. We ask for basic contact information, a brief project description, and a signed letter of commitment from an adult sponsor (letter template provided). All registrations must be approved by the Bow Seat team before students proceed with their project. Encourage your students to register early!

$750 Sponsor Appreciation Awards
We appreciate the work that you do to inspire, engage, and support students interested in environmental awareness, advocacy, and the arts, which is why we grant Sponsor Appreciation Awards of $750 to Sponsors who help change the lives of their students and change the world for the better. These awards are nomination-based.

Posters and Postcards
Email me if you would like printed copies of our 11×17″ posters and 5×7″ postcards to hang in your classroom or share with students and colleagues.
Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, students, and social media networks, and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.

P.S. Our other program, the annual Ocean Awareness Student Contest, is also accepting submissions through June 2017. Your students can submit works of art, poetry, prose, or film that speak to the theme Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions.

Thank you!
Alyssa Irizarry
Program Director
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

22. Project Learning Tree Opportunities
Save The Date!
Plan now to attend the 2017 PLT Conference!
November 3-5, 2017
Hillsborough County!

Plant Camp 2017
The University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is looking for 24 science and environmental educators (of elementary, middle or high school) interested in attending PLANT CAMP 2017. Applications deadline is February 19, 2017. Visit http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/education/plantcamp.shtml

All about water!

Rubber, Plastic and More – Top Science Project Ideas

Endangered animals campaign

A Toolkit for Engaging People in Conservation

What Research Says About Environmental Literacy, Behavior, and Conservation Results

Explaining climate change

Funding Opportunities:
Deadline January 31st – Urban Waters Restoration Grants – The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development. For more information, please go to http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/home.aspx.

Kids Gardening Grants- Visit https://www.kidsgardening.org/garden-grants/ for several funding opportunities for youth gardening.
Upcoming Workshops

PreK-8 Workshop
January 28
Alachua County
For more information and to register visit:

PreK-8 Workshop
January 28
Palm Beach County
For more information and to register contact: Danielle Vande Zande at: dvandezande@swa.org

Municipal Solid Waste Workshop
February 4
Palm Beach County
For more information and to register contact: Brian Elkins at: education@swa.org

Envergy and Society Workshop
February 4
Dade County
For more information contact: Marcia Bisnett at: seleefer@webtv.net

PreK-8 Workshop
February 13
Indian River County
For more information contact: Susan Flak at: smf92064@gmail.com

Early Childhood Experiences Workshop
February 18
Duval County
For more information contact: Greta Combs at: educator@treehill.org

PreK-8 Workshop
February 20
Palm Beach County
For more information contact: Veronica Frehm at: veronica@macarthurbeach.org

SE Forests & Climate Change Workshop
February 20
Pinellas County
For more information contact: Lara Milligan at: lara317@ufl.edu

Focus on Forests Workshop
March 11
Dade County
For more information contact: Marcia Bisnett at: seleefer@webtv.net

PreK-8 Workshop
March 26
Hillborough County
For more information contact: Dolly Cummings at: campbayou@gmail.com

23. Applications for LC Summer Teacher Institute Now Available
Library of Congress 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes –Teaching with Primary Sources

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections. They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content.

Five week-long sessions will be offered this summer:

General Focus – open to K-12 educators across all content areas:

June 19-23
June 26-30
July 10-14
Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:

July 17-21
WWI Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach some aspect of WWI as part of their curriculum, or collaborate with those who do:

July 31-August 4
The institute and course materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.

Applications are due March 17 and require a letter of recommendation.

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

December 2016 Southeast Regional Update:

1. New Ocean Today Every Full Moon collection of videos – Now Live!
A NEW EVERY FULL MOON episode all about marine debris is here!
The release of this award-winning collection happens to fall on Spring Tide Supermoon Monday!

Are you ready to talk trash and protect the sea from marine debris? This full moon we are excited to share with you the Regional Emmy® award-winning TRASH TALK Special Feature, a Hands-on Activity Demo and Bonus Content.

This series explores the impacts and causes of marine debris with a science and solution driven approach that is fun, timely and useful. Go to the just released collection and start talking trash.

Check out the videos now! – http://go.usa.gov/xkhJw

Come back next full moon to explore The Adventures of A Maritime Archaeologist featuring Jim Delgado.

Kurt Mann
NOAA’s National Ocean Service
Executive Producer, OCEAN TODAY

World Ocean Radio | Earth Optimism Series
The Earth Optimism Series is a project in partnership with the Smithsonian
Institution’s Ocean Portal to profile conservation actions and innovations to reduce our impacts on the planet. Each week we highlight examples of what people around the world are doing to address climate change and work toward sustainability. The Earth Optimism Series will run through April 21, 2017 when the Earth Optimism Summit takes place in Washington, D.C. Share your ideas: earthoptimism.si.edu.

3. Everglades Youth Conservation Camp is currently hiring all staff positions for the 2017 Summer Season.

The Everglades Youth Conservation Camp is located on the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area in Loxahatchee. During the summer we provide residential summer camp programs for children completing grades 3rd to 8th. Each week children are delivered to our site on Sunday and stay with us until Friday afternoon. We have 10 air conditioned cabins to accommodate staff and campers. We offer nine programs all focusing on conservation education and outdoor recreation, such as paddle sports, shooting sports, fishing, and wildlife discovery. For more information about our summer programs, please visit our website at www.fyccn.com/eycc.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be available from June 4th to August 4th (9 week period) and enjoy being outside. We provide housing, meals, and a competitive salary.

If you are interested in a summer position, please contact Janice Kerber for application, Janice.kerber@myfwc.com.

For more information, please call the camp’s office at 561-624-6929.

4. Reef Relief is currently hiring Summer 2017 Interns:
Coral Camp Education Intern (Summer 2017) June- Mid August
Interns selected will present classroom lessons on marine science and provide program support for the summer Coral Camp for Kids Program for children 6-12 years of age. This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands on experience in marine education and conservation.

You will become familiar with the following areas:
· Marine and Environmental education for children
· Operation of Reef Relief’s environmental center
· Fieldwork for the Key West Marine Park
· Marketing, fundraising, planning and organizing special events

Applicants must have a degree in marine science and/or education, or the applicant must be actively seeking one.

How to apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a non-profit organization so all internships are unpaid, and housing is not provided. Reef Relief® is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving & protecting our coral reef ecosystem.

Phone: (305) 294-3100
Post Office Box 430, Key West, Florida 33041–430
Key West Office: 631 Greene Street, Key West, FL 33040
Website: http://reefrelief.org

5. Grassy Waters – Ice Age Exhibit
On display until Dec. 31st. For more information please see below. We have also started some exciting new programs, including a bike program (see attached) and sunset and full moon paddles. The dates for these programs are:

Full Moon Paddle Dec. 10th, 4-7

Pedal the Preserve: Guided Bike Program Dec. 11th, 10-11:30am

Sunset Canoe Dec. 18th, 4-6pm

Please visit wpb.org/grassywaters for more information. Call the nature center with questions and to make reservations, at 561-804-4985.

6. BirdSleuth K-12, Cornell Lab of Ornithology – Mini-Grants Opportunities!
The work you do deserves recognition! If you’ve been getting kids outside and engaged with habitat improvements or citizen science, tell us about it on our Action Map and you could be eligible for our mini-grants. Learn more about our current mini-grants and see how you can win a classroom set of binoculars or funds to continue your schoolyard improvement project.

Apply for a Mini-Grant: Our Celebrate Urban Birds project awards mini-grants to organizations, educators, and youth who have ideas for creative neighborhood projects. Underserved audiences are especially encouraged; apply by Dec. 31. Get the details.

7. Project Learning Tree Updates:

Funding Opportunities – Deadline December 15th – Temper of the Times Foundation Grants for Environmental Marketing Expenses – The Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues and awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. The funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. For more information, please go to http://www.temperfund.org/procedures.html.

Due December 31st – Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program – Grants, up to $5,000, are available to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. For more information, please go to http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-grant.

Deadline December 31st – Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program – For more information, please go to http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving.

Deadline January 23rd – Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grants – Community Project grants provide support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities. Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming. For more information, please go to https://floridahumanities.org/grants/apply-now/community-project-grants/

Upcoming Workshops:

PreK – 8 Workshop
January 28
Alachua County
For information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uf-plt-educators-workshop-jan-28-2017-tickets-29413686127

Energy and Society Workshop
February 4
Dade County
For more information contact: Marcia Bisnett at: seleefer@webtv.net

Pre-K 8 Workshop
February 20
Palm Beach County
For more information contact: Veronica Frehm at veronica@macarthurbeach.org

8. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Internships Available- Spring and Summer

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park was established to protect a diverse and undisturbed subtropical coastal habitat from development. The Park is named for John D. MacArthur, whose generosity allowed the State of Florida to secure the land. Developed in part with funds donated by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Park opened to the public in 1989.

Student Interns may receive training as nature center docents, animal care specialists, and nature walk interpreters, depending on time and interest. Interns may also participate in sea grass surveys, exotic plant removal, sea turtle nest surveys, assisting with turtle walks, habitat restoration and other species surveys or research, Facebook and web site posting.

Different internships are available:
1. Environmental Education/Science Education Program Student Internship (Fall/Spring)
Our programs are designed to meet the Florida Next Generation Science Standards for first through twelfth grade. Each program combines nature exploration and age-appropriate hands-on experiences. We offer 14 different programs for public, charter and private schools in Palm Beach County.

2. Natural Science Education Summer Camp Internship (summer)
Interns will be given leadership roles in facilitating our Natural Science Education Summer Camp, which is focused around Natural Science and Marine Biology concepts. Activities include: exploring the organisms of coastal ecosystems by participating in scientific investigations such as fish counts on the Rock Reef, seagrass surveys, and biodiversity studies in the estuary. Campers hike, kayak, and Skype with Scientists. The goal is for campers to walk away a clear understanding of good stewardship and how to take care of our environment.

3. Parks and Recreation Administration Internship (Fall/Spring and summer)
The Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 160 parks spanning 700,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach, attracting over 20 million visitors per year, and the only three-time NRPA Gold Medal Award winner, 1999, 2005 and 2013. This Award honors excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. .

4. Communications Internship (Fall/Spring and summer)
Under the supervision of the Marketing/Membership Coordinator, the Communications Intern will assist in creating and managing communications supporting MacArthur Beach State Park. The position will help to develop content for the Friends website, digital media, program materials, social media outlets. The intern may also provide support in PR activities and event planning.

For more information on internship opportunities, please contact Cheryl Houghtelin at cheryl@macarthurbeach.org.

9. WORLD OCEAN RADIO: Why We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About Carbon
This week’s audio episode of World Ocean Radio entitled “Why We Need a New Vocabulary to Talk About Carbon” is now available online at worldoceanobservatory.org/radio-item/why-we-need-new-vocabulary-talk-about-carbon. You may also read the blog post on Medium.com.

About this episode:
We continue the Earth Optimism Series this week, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Portal, to address ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, host Peter Neill sites from a recent article by William McDonough published at Nature.com entitled, “Carbon Is Not the Enemy”, which argues for a new vision for how we view the carbon cycle and for ways to redefine its value and mitigate its negative consequences for a possible new climate future.

This episode is part of the Earth Optimism Series, 24 episodes to air between September and April 2017, profiling conservation actions and innovations to reduce our impacts on the planet. The Earth Optimism Series is brought to you by the World Ocean Observatory in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Ocean Portal, to raise awareness of the Earth Optimism Summit during Earth Day weekend, April 21st through 23rd, 2017 in Washington, D.C. and around the world. Share your ideas at earthoptimism.si.edu.
Trisha Badger, Managing Director
World Ocean Observatory

10. Viva Moby! Portugal’s miniboat Moby leads the charge around the Atlantic!

“Let the Regatta begin! Congrats on getting the first unit ready to go in the water,” Jim Manning of NOAA congratulates Raquel Costa and Luis Sebastiao, point persons for miniboat Moby, prior to launch off Fail Island, Azores. See her tracks and find out more by clicking here.

The Atlantic Regatta is a consortium of 34 institutions, organizations, and schools from seven different nations around the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Regatta was created so student have the ability to work together while helping their miniboats sail completely around the Atlantic. Students can connect through Skype, or other online platforms, share their culture, learn about other’s cultures, and watch the wind and currents around the Atlantic Ocean create a gyre that connects us all. Click here to learn about the Atlantic Regatta, find a miniboat being launched near you, or to get involved in recuse and recovery. Contact ariadne@educationalpassages.com for more information

11. 2017 FMSEA CONFERENCE – Call for Presenters
Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA)
2017 Annual Conference
St. Augustine, Florida
May 4 – 7, 2017

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

Please complete and submit a Call for Presenters form by: 5:00PM March 15, 2017. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent during the following week of March.

Questions? Contact:

12. Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship
Check out this opportunity to connect with scientists in Antartica! Note the deadline for applications is December 23, 2016. Educators will be notified in early January of their acceptance into the program. We are accepting classes grades 5-9. We will group into relevant age groups to ensure balance in the call schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions. We expect admission to be very competitive so register early!

13. Professional Development in Bermuda
I am offering a professional development workshop for educators in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) this summer from June 26-July1. Participants will learn about the latest techniques in oceanographic and environmental data collection including ocean “glider” technology. Participants will also learn how to plan and implement a future field study course at BIOS for their students.
Contact me for more information: Edandpat74@comcast.net or Kaitlin Baird at: kaitlin.baird@bios.edu
For more information:http://www.bios.edu/education/educator-workshops-at-bios/

14. FREE At-Sea Professional Development on Exploration Vessel Nautilus
Teachers (artists and informal educators too!)
Science Communication Fellowship applications are available now to explore the Eastern Pacific Ocean this summer with Dr. Robert Ballard’s Corps of Exploration and Ocean Exploration Trust! This team of explorers conducts cutting-edge scientific exploration of parts of the global ocean never seen before using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and multibeam mapping technology.

The Science Communication Fellowship invites K-20 and informal educators for a professional development experience aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as science interpreters among a team of STEM professionals.
· Gain exposure to and experience in the applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the field of ocean exploration,
· Strengthen your science communication skills,
· Collaborate with exceptional educators from around the country,
· Explore side-by-side with renowned and early-career scientists and engineers,
· Share the adventure with your students, community, and the world as the expedition is broadcast live on www.NautilusLive.org.

Apply by January 13, 2017 to spend 1-3 weeks at sea between May-September 2017 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Ocean Exploration Trust encourages a diverse pool of applicants including educators from traditionally underrepresented minority populations or serving schools with students traditionally underrepresented in STEM. The application packet includes full program details: http://www.oceanexplorationtrust.org/#!communication-fellowship/cb0

Contact the OET Education Team with your questions via education@oet.org

15. Sign-ups are open for live ship-to-shore events during International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 366: Mariana Convergent Margin, December 15 – February 7!
Events are live and interactive from the JOIDES Resolution research ship and 30-45 minutes. They are free, but first-come, first-served and we do fill up!
You can sign up here:

16. Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship
Applications are invited for the 2017 Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship. The award is a one-year scholarship for graduate studies in coastal wetlands and carries a stipend of $5,000 to support field-based research. For the purposes of this scholarship, coastal wetlands are defined as those tidal or non-tidal wetlands found within U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) at a university within the United States.

See http://ccrm.vims.edu/education/garden_club for application requirements. Applications are due January 15, 2017.
Email should be directed to gcawetlands@vims.edu.

17. “Save The Date” announcement for the outdoor recreation day Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be hosting on 4 March 2017. The day will give area families a free opportunity to sample many different outdoor recreation opportunities. I would like to invite you all to participate in this event to show families where and how to take the next steps in developing their outdoor recreation skills. (see flyer attached)

18. NMEA 2017 Call for Presenters is OPEN!

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2017 Conference will take place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina from June 25 – 29th 2017! NMEA is a dedicated, influential member-based organization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, scientists, and more from around the world working together to advance the understanding and protection of our freshwater and marine ecosystems. It is a national organization powered by 17 individual, regional chapters who provide the on-the-ground efforts that support and promote national initiatives in education and conservation such as ocean literacy. The Call for Presenters will remain open until December 15th 2016. Please visit the website for more details.

19. On January 8, Biscayne National Park will be hosting a special event on reptiles.
One of the activities will be using a dichotomous key to identify sea turtle species found in our area (green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback). We have a few individual “stuffed” turtles, especially hawksbill, but looking to borrow greens and loggerheads. These could be real, or accurate plastic models. I’m willing to pick up and return the items from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and may even extend to Monroe or up to southern Brevard (since I visit family up there often).

Contact Gary Bremen at gary_bremen@nps.gov, or call at 305-338-6584.


by Veronica 2016/11/12 Southeast

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

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East Central Regional Blog – November 2016

by Brandon 2016/11/05 East Central

It seems like we just finished up the national conference but would you believe its already time to think about the next FMSEA annual conference. If you haven’t heard yet we’ll be holding it in one of my favorite Florida cities, St Augustine, May 4-7. You can even reserve your hotel already at the Hampton […]

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2016-2019 North Regional Director Spotlight

by Savanna 2016/10/12 Littoral Drift (Community News)

Savanna Barry became the new North Regional Director for FMSEA in August 2016. She is excited to be serving in this role and looks forward to increasing FMSEA membership in the north region. But first… a little background about Savanna.   Savanna grew up on a small farm in central Virginia and discovered her interest […]

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by Veronica 2016/09/30 Southeast

Live Ship-to-Shore Events with the JOIDES Resolution! Live ship-to-shore event sign-ups are now open for IODP Exp. 363 Western Pacific Warm Pool, October 6 – Dec. 8, 2016. Live events are free but fill up on a first come-first served basis. You can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrP1wutec52z6o5D73jTQRgqMJ_sb0it45YPAroCbxb-B7mA/viewform For more information, visit here: http://joidesresolution.org/node/1746  And see […]

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FMSEA Board Meeting 9/17 and 9/18

by Jaclyn 2016/09/20 Captain's Log (President)

Hello, FMSEA members! I wanted to send you a quick update on the Board of Directors meeting we had this past weekend.  The meeting was held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. We used the board meeting to introduce some new faces to the board, including our new regional directors and treasurer! Please check […]

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President 2016-2017 Introduction

by Jaclyn 2016/09/20 Captain's Log (President)

  Hello!  My name is Jaclyn and I FMSEA President for 2016-2017.  I wanted to give you all some information about me.  I have been teaching for over 5 years. I hold a Masters of Science in Environmental Education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology. I am certified as a Florida teacher in […]

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by Veronica 2016/09/07 Southeast

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

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