May Updates

by Kerri on 2016/05/05

in Southeast

NMEA 2016 – Early Bird Registration Extended!

The NMEA16 team is happy to announce that early bird registration for NMEA16 has been extended to May 16! This will be the ONLY extension of this rate, so please don’t delay in registering.

And while we are able to provide some wiggle room with registration, the conference hotel rate at the Renaissance Orlando will NOT be extended, so make your reservations today! This family-friendly, premier location is offering a conference rate of only $129/night, but reservations must be made by May 25, 2016 at 5pm. If you’re traveling alone and looking to save a few bucks, we’ll be providing a link to a room share sign-up early next week. Stay tuned!

If you’re on the fence about joining us, you don’t want to miss out on all we have planned! In addition to daily plenaries and concurrent sessions, the always-popular Exhibit Hall, and the NEW Ocean Science Research Track, some of the week’s highlights include:

  • Monday, June 27 – Pre-conference Workshops, Buddy Welcome Reception, Tweet-up, Conference Kick-off Event
  • Tuesday, June 28 – NMEA Youth Conference, Evening Event at SeaWorld
  • Wednesday, June 29 – Chapter Basket Auction, Silent Auction, Banquet, Live Auction
  • Thursday, June 30 – NMEA Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Stegner Lecture, Ticketed Evening Event at SEA LIFE Orlando
  • Friday, July 1 – Enjoy deeply discounted experiences at some of the best attractions Florida has to offer with field trips around the state!

Looking to bring your family? The Renaissance has tons of amenities for both kids and adults and is just a stone’s throw from the iRide Trolley (shuttle to a variety of area attractions). NMEA16 field trips offer several options for children and SeaWorld is offering a $100 discount on its popular Camp SeaWorld.

Be sure to visit the conference website for updates. In addition, there are a number of volunteer positions needed for the NMEA conference in Orlando. If you are interested in volunteering, or have questions, please e-mail Kerri at: southeast@fmsea.org

Aquatic WILD & Schoolyard Wildlife Workshop
July 11, 2016 9:00am – 3:30pm
Hosted by Science Eye and Flamingo Gardens: 3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330
Participants are introduced to Aquatic WILD & Schoolyard Wildlife materials, activities, and strategies. Through hands-on practice, educators gain the experience and confidence needed to work with their students and to integrate Aquatic WILD & Schoolyard Wildlife into their teaching. Please see attached flyer for details, and visit http://goo.gl/forms/iJP51TXrnk to register.

Citizen Science Water Quality Workshop
Loggerhead Marinelife Center has launched a Water Quality Monitoring Program! This program integrates state-of-the-art research techniques and equipment with hands-on monitoring for local residents, teachers and students. The next Public Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 1:00pm at LMC in Juno Beach. Participants will learn about water quality and sampling techniques to become Citizen Scientists for our community. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kerri Allen at kallen@marinelife.org to register for this free workshop

PBC Natural Areas “Adventure Awaits” Event Series
With 10 free events scheduled from February through mid-May, there are many opportunities to interact with Environmental Resources Management naturalists as they lead sunset hikes, cycling and paddling tours, teach nature photography skills and explore the night sky. Participate in one experience or multiple activities. To learn more or to register, view the series schedule.

Go Teach! Classroom Grant Cycle Open
Go Teach! classroom grants encourage educators to reach beyond traditional classroom instruction, dream big, and create innovative and exciting educational programs for their students. GoTeach! Grants provide an opportunity to fund your idea to specifically address your classroom’s needs and abilities, take your students to a higher level, or develop a project to try a new approach to learning. The Foundation awarded over $45,000 through 54 direct to teacher grants last year. Please find the 2015-16 Final Report and 2016-17 Grant Application online at: EducationFoundationPBC.org/GoTeachClassroom-Grants

Upcoming Aquatic Species Collection Workshops:
Boca Raton – May 12th, 2:00pm to 5:00pm – Click here to register
Marathon – May 17th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm – Click here to register
Juno Beach – June 10th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm – Click here to register
For all Aquatic Species Collection Workshops, the cost is $25. Upon completion you will receive a certificate from FWC, valid for three years, that allows you to collect marine and freshwater fishes and invertebrates for educational use.

2016 NMEA Youth Conference Flyer

Aquatic WILD & Schoolyard Wildlife

Water Quality Workshop LMC

I hope everyone has registered for the NMEA conference this summer!  It is going to be a blast!  If you haven’t registered there is still time to get the early bird pricing but don’t delay!  Make sure you have booked your hotel room too, they are going fast!

We have an upcoming Whitney lab lecture on May 12

 

Next Evenings at Whitney Lecture, May 12, 7 p.m.

Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens

AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory returns on May 12, 2016, at 7 p.m. with the program titled Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens. Danny Lippi, International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and qualified tree risk assessor as well as University of Florida master naturalist instructor, will talk about the biology of tree growth, specifically how older trees grow in comparison to younger trees. The free lecture is presented at Lohman Auditorium located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., on the Whitney Laboratory campus.

 

There is also still time to register for the following two workshops on Sapelo Island in Georgia.

Teachers on the Estuary

Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop

June 6-8, 2016

 

The beaches and estuaries of the southeastern coast provide critical habitat for five of the seven species of sea turtles.  Though these magnificent creatures have travelled the planet for millions of years, not only witnessing, but adapting to climate change time after time, many of today’s populations are in decline due to current threats and challenges.  All are listed as threatened or endangered, including Georgia’s primary nesting turtle the Loggerhead.

Join the Sapelo NERR along with biologists and scientists from Georgia DNR, and Armstrong Atlantic State University to learn about the role of sea turtles in the vast estuarine and ocean habitats.  Lectures and activities will include life history, anatomy and morphology, threats and rehabilitation, and current projects relevant to marine turtle and estuarine research; followed by nightly walks to look for nesting mother turtles along Sapelo’s Nannygoat beach.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop is in its 14th year, and is open to both formal and non-formal educators of all grade levels.  2 PLU’s are available and participants receive curriculum and resource materials.

 

On-Island Accommodations:  UGAMI (University of Georgia Marine Institute) dorms, 2 beds per room, central A/C, community kitchen, extra fridge space for snacks, beverages, etc. 

 

Physical Activity: nightly beach patrols for nesting turtles, transportation: open, flatbed truck with board seats

 

Cost:  $250 includes on island accommodations at UGAMI, all meals and activities on and off island, and all resources

          

For questions or if registration materials are not included please contact: 

Georgia Graves, georgiabeachwalk@bellsouth.net

Please register by May 10, 2016

Teachers on the Estuary

COASTAL ECOLOGY TEACHER WORKSHOP

SAPELO ISLAND, GEORGIA

June 23-26, 2016

Join us for an in-depth look at Georgia’s coastal systems and discover the abundance and variety of wildlife found along our shores and in the estuary.  Emphasis is placed on estuarine and marine ecology, coastal species identification and adaptations, coastal geology, activity sessions, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve(NERR) System’s System Wide Monitoring Programs(SWMP) for potential estuarine impacts resulting from climate change.  This workshop is open to both formal and non-formal educators of all grade levels.

Participants receive curriculum and resource materials.

2 PLU’s are available.

On-Island Accommodations:   dorm style, 2 beds per room with central A/C and bathroom, community kitchens, extra fridge space for snacks, beverages, etc.

Physical Activity: includes beach and marsh activities and (optional) evening turtle walks; participants should be tolerant of heat and sun. 

Transportation on the island is by flatbed truck with board seats.  It may be bumpy, but a great way to see Sapelo!

Cost:  $250

Questions?

Please contact georgiabeachwalk@bellsouth.net 

 

Deadline for Registration: May 15, 2016

 

There is lots of exciting news to report in our region including lots of news on the NMEA conference. And don’t miss out on our next Regional Outing happening April 24. Read below for these and more great information and opportunities.

NMEA 2016 – Registration Open!

Join hundreds of fellow marine science education enthusiasts in sunny Orlando for a week filled with learning, sharing, and exploration! Classroom teacher? Informal educator? Government or agency outreach personnel? Volunteer? Researcher? No matter your connection to marine science education, NMEA16 has something for you!

In addition to daily plenaries and concurrent sessions, the always-popular Exhibit Hall, and the NEW Ocean Science Research Track, some of the week’s highlights include:

  • Monday, June 27 – Pre-conference Workshops, Buddy Welcome Reception, Tweet-up, Conference Kick-off Event
  • Tuesday, June 28 – NMEA Youth Conference, Evening Event at SeaWorld
  • Wednesday, June 29 – Chapter Basket Auction, Silent Auction, Banquet, Live Auction
  • Thursday, June 30 – NMEA Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Stegner Lecture, Ticketed Evening Event at SEA LIFE Orlando
  • Friday, July 1 – Enjoy deeply discounted experiences at some of the best attractions Florida has to offer with field trips around the state!

The Renaissance Orlando is home to NMEA16, so make your reservations today! This family-friendly, premier location is offering a conference rate of only $129/night, but reservations must be made by May 25, 2016 at 5pm.

Looking to bring your family? The Renaissance has tons of amenities for both kids and adults and is just a stone’s throw from the iRide Trolley (shuttle to a variety of area attractions). NMEA16 field trips offer several options for children and SeaWorld is offering a $100 discount on its popular Camp SeaWorld. For more information on these and other family-friend activities, visit the NMEA16 Family Friendly Opportunities page.

Be sure to visit the conference website for updates. In addition, there are a number of volunteer positions needed for the NMEA conference in Orlando. If you are interested in voluneteering, please e-mail Kerri at: southeast@fmsea.org.

Going, Going…. SOLD!

Do you have an eye for what everyone wants? Does the last few minutes of an Ebay auction get your blood racing? Do you have lots of connections to organizations with great merchandise? How would you like to assist with the auction for the NMEA conference. You don’t even have to attend the conference to be of assistance (though you’ll be missing out on other great events as well if you don’t go). You can help us gather donations for the conference auction, both live and silent, by using the 2016 NMEA Auction Donation Letter to help us solicit the places you like to shop and visit for your marine life fix. Popular auction items include:  education resources, jewelry, outdoor gear, crafts/artwork, gift certificates, charter fishing trips, vacation packages, or guided tour events.  Any treasures that may bring a high bid are welcome. If the organization you represent wants to donate or you have collected thing on our behalf please fill out the online donation form, so we can properly credit and value the donations. email me at eastcentral@fmsea.org with any questions or to let me know what places you have solicited so we don’t duplicate our efforts.

Turtles And Trash Can Mix

Normally you want to keep your turtles and trash separate but not when it involves a FMSEA East Central Regional Outing to the Brevard Zoo. Join us on Sunday, April 24, 9:00 am at the Brevard Zoo, located at 8225 N Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940. We will start the day with a behind the scenes tour of the Turtle Hospital as well as some of the zoo’s other conservation efforts. You can even join in by planting a mangrove and creating an oyster mat. Then you can get trashy as we tour the Washed Ashore exhibit, which uses marine debris to create amazing sculptures and raise awareness or the problems of ocean pollution. FMSEA will then provide lunch from the Zoo’s Flamingo Cafe. After lunch you’ll be allowed to explore the rest of the zoo on your own, though we may have another surprise or two in store for you. Please contact me at eastcentral@fmsea.org to register for the regional outing or with any questions. This is open to any current FMSEA members. Have a friend or colleague that would love to join you? Have them register to become a FMSEA member for only $10 since we are past the half year mark and they can join in on this amazing outing as well.

Trash Talking

While we are on the subject of marine debris, how would you like to cut it off at the source? Come join us at Riverwalk Nature Center on April 30, from 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. to learn how you can combat plastic pollution through the Litter Quitter program! Litter Quitter is a new Keep Brevard Beautiful program — backed by Brevard Zoo and the local Surfrider Foundation chapters — that encourages local businesses to become sustainability trendsetters by reducing use of common litter items, like single-use plastics, plastic bags and Styrofoam, in exchange for free marketing related to their eco-efforts. Litter Quitter program coordinator Allison Arteaga will be training public outreach volunteers to help recruit new businesses and grow the program, so be sure to register online for your chance to get involved!

Cyber Turtles

And to keep on the topic to turtles as well, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a non-profit sea turtle hospital located in Juno Beach, Florida, has received grant funding that will support a limited number of free Virtual Field Trips scheduled anytime now through December 31, 2016.

With just a computer and internet connection, Virtual Field Trips allow your students to journey through our sea turtle hospital. The staff uses Skype to connect to classrooms worldwide for a lesson on sea turtle ecology, an introduction to each of the sea turtle patients, and a look into thier hospital.

The programs are private (one classroom at a time), so there is plenty of time for student questions.  The entire Virtual Field Trip, about 40 minutes in length, is live and interactive. They are happy to customize each lesson to suit your needs and the interests of your students. If you are interested in booking a Virtual Field Trip, or have any questions, please contact Demi Fox at 561-627-8280 ext. 107 or dfox@marinelife.org.

Dig Into the IRL

Florida Tech will be hosting The Indian River Lagoon Teachers’ Workshop Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 16, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will provide tools, lesson plans and continuing education credits for teachers working in counties which border the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Over the course of four days, teachers will be engaged in a series of lectures, classroom demonstrations and field activities to expand their knowledge of the IRL. Example topics may include: history of the IRL, the presence of invasive species, trends in seagrass health, impacts of nutrients, resources for species identification, management strategies and much more.

All educators within Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties are eligible to attend. The material covered during this four-day workshop will be applicable to those teaching middle and high school students. The cost is $75 to attend or $260 if you also want sleeping accommodations and meals provided.  Register at the link above. Questions should be sent to Dr. Kelli Hunsucker: khunsucker@fit.edu The workshop is sponsored by the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Marine Resources Council and the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dig Even Deeper into the Coast

Why stop at learning about the IRL when you can learn about the entire coastal environment. University of Florida IFAS Extension Brevard County will be offering the Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Module starting on May 26. The class includes 40 contact hours of classroom lectures and field experience in various marine habitats around Brevard County. Visit the Master Naturalist Website to see the entire syllabus and to register.

Wish for a Fish

Have you wanted to collect and keep marine life in your classroom for education? Don’t wait for the beginning of the school year to get your collection permit. Riverwalk Park is offering a collection workshop on May 7, from 11-2. The cost for the class is $25 and includes a permit that is valid for 3 years and will allow you to house various marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates for education. Register today as space is limited. If you can’t make that day we will also offer a permit class with the FIT IRL Workshop mentioned above. We’d encourage you to apply for the entire workshop but if you can’t commit for the whole week there are very limited number of extra spaces available to attend just the collection class held on June 14 at 8:30 am.

On the Job Hunt?

If you are looking for some part time or summer work in marine education look no further. Riverwalk: A Family Park is looking to hire a temporary rec aide to assist with environmental education programs, aquarium maintenance, and maintenance of our 6 acre nature preserve along the Indian River Lagoon. The position pays $10.22/hour and hours will vary between 8-25 hours per week depending on programing needs. To apply just send me your resume and a cover letter at eastcentral@fmsea.org.

Looking for more hours but can only work during the summer? Consider working as a camp counselor for our marine Biology Camp. Assist with 13 campers ranging from grades 5-11 for four weeks of camp spread through June to August. In between camp weeks you’ll be assisting with our summer outreach programs like our traveling touch tank and sea turtle obstacles course. Training for camp begins in May. The pay is $9.36/hour and will be 43 hours during camp weeks and will vary on the weeks in between. To apply please send your resume along with this application to eastcentral@fmsea.org.

Until next time Best Fishes! Also, don’t forget to send me any information you’d like me to share in the next regional update.

 

April Updates

by Kerri 2016/04/01 Southeast

NMEA 2016 – Registration Open! Join hundreds of fellow marine science education enthusiasts in sunny Orlando for a week filled with learning, sharing, and exploration! Classroom teacher? Informal educator? Government or agency outreach personnel? Volunteer? Researcher? No matter your connection to marine science education, NMEA16 has something for you! In addition to daily plenaries and […]

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March Updates

by Kerri 2016/02/28 Southeast

NMEA 2016 Call for Proposals The call for concurrent session proposals for the 2016 NMEA conference – Making Waves: Current Connections in Marine Science – has been EXTENDED to March 11th! Plan to share your passion and experiences with your fellow marine educators June 27-30, 2016 in Orlando, FL. All session proposals must be submitted […]

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FMSEA East Central Update – February 2016

by Brandon 2016/02/10 East Central

The is a lot going in this update so please take your time to read to the end. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the plethora of information. First we’ll start with some conference news. Registration should be up shortly but there are many other things going on right now with the conference you […]

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FMSEA 2016 Awards – Call for Nominations

by Jaclyn 2016/02/02 Crow's Nest

Dear FMSEA members, Each year, FMSEA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Orlando […]

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Open Positions for FMSEA Board 2016

by Jaclyn 2016/02/02 Crow's Nest

Dear FMSEA members, Your board of directors are working hard on getting ready to host the National Marine Educators Association conference in Orlando, June 25 through July 1, 2016! We will have several positions open on the FMSEA board for 2016. Please read below about the open positions and what duties they entail. Treasurer: The […]

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February Updates

by Kerri 2016/01/30 Southeast

NMEA 2016 Call for Proposals The call for concurrent session proposals for the 2016 NMEA conference – Making Waves: Current Connections in Marine Science – is NOW OPEN! Plan to share your passion and experiences with your fellow marine educators June 27-30, 2016 in Orlando, FL. All session proposals must be submitted online at: http://www.marine-ed.org/?NMEA_2016_Presenters […]

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Southeast Regional Outing – February 26th

by Kerri 2016/01/29 Southeast

For our next regional outing, please join us on Friday, February 26th for a unique opportunity to sail with The International SeaKeepers Society! The program will be led by The International SeaKeepers Society staff and researchers from the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience at the University of Florida. The day’s activities will be run by […]

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