Hello wonderful FMSEA members! I wanted to take a second and introduce myself. My name is Jaclyn and I will be serving as president-elect for the next year. For those of you who have the summer off I hope you are enjoying your time! For those working summer camps and other projects I hope you are all having a great start to summer as well!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about FMSEA.  If you would like to have an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop scheduled in the West Central Region please contact me as soon as possible!

It’s a little late but….










Jaclyn Gerakios



I hope the summer is off to a great start for everyone. Some of you are relaxing after school being out while others (like myself) are just ramping up into our busiest time of year with summer camps. Just a few quick things of note. First and foremost is to remind you that if you didn’t attend the FMSEA conference your membership will be expiring at the end of this month. We now have online renewals to make it easy for you to not miss out on any of your great FMSEA benefits like scholarships for professional development, discounts on admission/programs at various marine facilities around the state, and of course updates from me. At only $20 a year it is a steal.

Quick Conference Recap

Speaking of the FMSEA conference, if you did attend I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I was glad to see such a great turnout to my Biggest Reducer talk on a lunch waste reduction program. If you’d like to find out about that program to use at your facilities, I’m happy to share the information. I also particularly enjoyed Maia McGuire presentation on microplastics and will be looking to incorporate her activities into our programming. Also to note I was elected to serve another two years as your regional leader. It was a landslide vote, probably mainly because I was running unopposed. After this term I would encourage one of you to consider running. It is being suggested I run for president then and I would gladly start grooming someone to replace me in this role if you have an interest in getting more involved with FMSEA. Also, I was proud to receive the FMSEA Service Award at the annual banquet. It was a complete surprise to me and was added to two other awards I withing the last month: the Charlie Corbeil Conservation Award and Keep Brevard Beautiful’s Education Award. We like to tout our members accomplishments so if you receive any honors or accolades please let me know so I can share with our membership.

Collection Workshop Reminder

Just a quick reminder that we do have an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop coming up this Monday at 2pm on the campus of Florida Tech in Melbourne. Go to https://www.regonline.com/ascw-FIT-150608public to register.

Barrier Island Center Events

There are a lot of great things going on at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach this month. Of particular note is their celebration of World Sea Turtle Day where you can join in a scavenger hunt for prizes. Check out all the great things on their events calendar.

Cheating Fish?

We’ll close with an interesting article on fish behavior. Nature, the International Weekly Journal of Science, offers the online news article, Animal behaviour: inside the cunning, caring, and greedy minds of fish.  The article discusses behaviors that show how fish cooperate, cheat, and punish. http://www.nature.com/news/animal-behaviour-inside-the-cunning-caring-and-greedy-minds-of-fish-1.17614?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20150528

Remember if you have programs or events you would like promoted please send me the information to include in our regional blog. I look forward to serving you all for another term but need your help to get the information out to everyone.


June Updates

by Kerri on 2015/05/21

in Southeast

Hello FMSEA Southeast! It was wonderful to see so many FMSEA members at our annual conference in Tampa last month. The theme “Vision of the Past, Key to the Future” was truly exemplified with the Key to our Future panel and sessions provided many innovative ideas and resources to bring back to the classroom.

For those of you who are headed to NMEA in Newport, Rhode Island later this month, give me a shout. We look forward to having a strong Florida presence at the National meeting! Meanwhile, there are many great opportunities available to us throughout our region. As always, if you have anything you would like me to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop
June 4th, 2015 11:00am
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach, Florida 33408
Click here to register

FREE Outdoor Photography Workshops for Students
Environmental Resources Management is offering free outdoor workshops for student photographers at Winding Waters Natural Area. Click here for more information, and to sign up.

Climate Change Interpretation Workshop at the Palm Beach Zoo
June 3rd, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Come to the Palm Beach Zoo for a free Climate Change Interpretation Workshop to gain valuable tools for having productive conversations with guests about Climate Change. See attached flyer for details and to register.

Run 4 The Sea at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Saturday, June 20th 7:00am
Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s 4th annual Run 4 The Sea will be held in beautiful Juno Beach along the scenic Atlantic Ocean and A1A and celebrates ocean conservation and endangered sea turtles. The event features a fun one-mile run for children and a four-mile run for adults, as well as a post-race celebration with music and breakfast. For more information, and to register, click here.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership World Oceans Day Live Twitter Event
On June 8th from 1:00 p.m. EST – 5:00 p.m. EST an array of ocean experts from across the field will be available live via Twitter to answer your questions. All you have to do is add #MyOceanQ after your question, and one of the available experts will tweet you an answer. This is your time to learn more about the massive body of water that covers an astonishing 71 percent of the Earth’s surface!

Trash Talk Webinar for Educators
Ocean Today will premiere a 15-minute TRASH TALK special feature for World Ocean Day on June 8. It is specially designed to be part of your World Ocean Day festivities. In addition to the special feature video, this webinar provides fun activities that you can organize after the film! It’s a perfect event for museums, zoos, aquariums, learning centers and schools. Featuring NOAA Marine Debris Program Educational Specialist Leah Henry, this fun and informative ten minute webinar provides a quick demonstration of hands on activities you can easily offer after you show the TRASH TALK special feature for your World Ocean Day event. Each activity requires props found at home or office and is easy to prepare.

Ocean Classrooms offers FREE short course in Ocean Literacy
A short course based on the seven principles of Ocean Literacy from NOAA; this course shares important concepts about our ocean and also gives you insight into what our courses are like. You’ll find engaging storylines, professional images, narrated videos, interactives, and supporting materials.

Opportunity for Professional Development and Extended Field Experience for your Students at MacArthur Beach State Park
Wonderful opportunity for 3rd – 8th grade teachers at Title I schools within a 20 mile radius of John D. Macarthur Beach State Park
– A 5-day paid Natural Science Education Training
– Materials and equipment for your classroom
– An extended Field Experience for your students in the 2015/2016 school year
– Chartered busing from your school and back for your Field Experience
Please see the attached flyer for more information, and to register.

Indoors and Out Professional Development Workshop
Are you a teacher or other education professional excited about engaging children in science and nature?  Get Wet, Wild and Dirty at the Indoors and Out Professional Development Workshop June 8-11 from 8:30AM-3:00PM daily.  Travel through South Florida’s beautiful ecosystems including Pan’s Garden, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Peanut Island Coast Guard Station, and Mounts Botanical Garden as you discover amazing hands-on science activities and other strategies that will help you improve your students’ academic success while connecting them to nature.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and to register.

5-Day NSET MacBeach Training

Indoors and Out 2015

Climate Change Interpretation Workshop

Evenings at Whitney lecture

by Jennie Fagan 2015/05/07 Northeast

Northeast FMSEA members — if you weren’t able to come to the conference last weekend in Tampa you missed a great one.  We had such good speakers and it was hosted in great venues!  Make sure you have marked your calendar for NMEA 2016.  It will be in Orlando and it will be a must […]

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May Updates

by Kerri 2015/04/29 Southeast

Hello FMSEA Southeast! We are gearing up for another great annual conference this weekend in Tampa, I hope you are able to join us! I am excited to see all of the innovative and creative things you are doing in your classrooms and facilities, and look forward to seeing old friends and new faces alike. […]

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East Central Regional Update April 2015

by Brandon 2015/04/16 East Central

Sorry you haven’t heard from me in a little while but things have been crazy busy as I’m sure it is for many of you as many teachers are dealing with testing and many informal educators are dealing with those schools that want to get programs in before the end of the year. I have […]

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Register today for FMSEA 2015 and book release: Saved by the Sea by David Helvarg

by Brandon 2015/04/01 Regional Reports

Dear FMSEA members, There is still time to register for our annual FMSEA 2015 conference! Conference dates are April 30 – May 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. Please see the attached PDF for the conference schedule and the amazing guest speakers we have lined up! To register click the link below: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1646830   Also from […]

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April Updates

by Kerri 2015/03/31 Southeast

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well; we have lots of great workshops and events this month, and our FMSEA Annual Conference is just a few weeks away! As always, if you have anything you would like me to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 2015 FMSEA Annual Conference Registration is still […]

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Sarasota – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 3/27/2015

by Kathy 2015/03/18 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP 3/27/2015 15:30:00 WORKSHOP OPEN OR PRIVATE? Open VENUE Riverview High School 1 Ram Way Sarasota, FL 34231 FACILITATOR Jason Robertshaw jrshaw@mote.org CO-FACILITATOR Diane Bassett Diane.Bassett@sarasotacountyschools.net 941.266.2628 REGISTRATION LINK https://www.regonline.com/ascw-riverview-150327 NOTES Third floor of three story building, classroom #5-316.

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Clearwater – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 3/25/2015

by Kathy 2015/03/18 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP 3/25/2015 17:00:00 VENUE Saint Paul’s School 1600 Saint Pauls Drive Clearwater, FL 33764 FACILITATOR Jaclyn Gerakios j.gerakios@st.pauls.edu 7272600799 CO-FACILITATOR Jenna Cummings REGISTRATION LINK https://www.regonline.com/ascw-clearwater-150325

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