May Updates

by Kerri on 2015/04/29

in 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.

We have several opportunities coming up to obtain or renew your Aquatic Species Collection Certificate, as well as fantastic professional development opportunities, so be sure to check out what is going on in the Southeast Region. As always, if you have anything you would like me to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop
May 6th, 2015 4:30pm
Smithsonian Marine Station
701 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Click here to register

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop
May 23rd, 2015 10:00am
Hobe Sound NWR/Hobe Sound Nature Center
13640 SE Fed Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
Click here to register

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

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.

2015 Hurricane Preparedness Webinar Series
Southeast Coast: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 10:00am ET
The Hurricanes: Science and Society is excited to announce that it has again partnered with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) to offer hurricane preparedness webinars for 5th grade classes. We hope your 5th grade classes can join us for this engaging and informative experience! Schools/classes wanting to participate MUST REGISTER in advance. To register, please go to:

Free Live Ship-to-Shore Events Available Now
IODP Exp. 355 is exploring the development of the Indian Monsoon off the coast of India between now and May 31. Sign up now for live 30-45 minute ship-to-shore video interactions with the scientists on board. Events are free but spaces are limited! Be sure to sign-up here, or check out more information, here.

5 Gyres Institute S.E.A. Change Expedition and Crew Search Contest
For their latest global voyage, 5 Gyres is offering community members the opportunity to apply to be a member of the crew on the S.E.A. Change Expedition across the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre from June 2-23, 2015. Information and application may be found here.

Canoe and Kayak Training at Everglades Youth Conservation Camp
EYCC (Everglades Youth Conservation Camp) is hosting Level 1 Kayak and Canoe Instructor Training in May. Please see attached flyer and contact Janice Kerber with questions, and to register.

FMSEA Awards
FMSEA annually 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. Please visit the website for more information, and to apply!

5-Day NSET MacBeach Training

Indoors and Out 2015

Canoe and Kayak Training

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 some good information to share starting with a reminder about the FMSEA Annual Conference. You can still register but even if you aren’t attending you can still be involved. We have a silent auction that the proceeds go to teacher scholarships, that you are all eligible to take advantage of for continuing education. If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction you can do so by filling out the donation form here.

Shameless Self Promotion

Next I have a job posting you may be interested in. We are hiring a part time marine science educator at my facility in Rockledge. The position deals with the teaching and creation of our environmental education programs, maintaining displays and live animal exhibits in our nature center, and monitoring and upkeep of our 6.37 acre preserve. This is a 25/hour a week position with some benefits. The description is below. If you are interested please apply at and note that the job closes this coming Monday. Please contact me with any questions you may have.


Job Title: Recreation Aide Job Type: Part-Time Permanent
Job Close Date: 04/20/2015 Open To: Internal/External Applicants
Department: Parks And Recreation Department Organizational Unit: Central Area Parks Operations
Description: $10.42 hourly. Actual salary negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Work schedule is variable and includes weekends and evenings. Part-time/25 hours weekly. Central Area/Riverwalk Nature Park. Performs entry level para-professional work conducting games, special events, arts and crafts and other group activities at a County recreation area.
Requirements: Some experience, paid or volunteer, in leisure activities or working with children. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s license prior to employment. Basic knowledge of Florida Fauna and Flora is preferred. In the event of a hurricane, major storm, natural or manmade disaster which may threaten the area, the employee will be required to perform emergency duties as directed.
Job Number: 201505951

Seafood and Eat It

The Brevard County Extension Service will have a Florida Seafood at Your Fingertips workshop on April 25. It will cover the various options of seafood available in the area as well as the great benefits of local seafood. Plus they will be preparing some on site for you to sample. The cost is only $20. Click the link more information on the program and registration.

Aquatic Collection Workshops

There have been two recently added Aquatic Species Collection Workshops that have been scheduled in the region just south of us. One in Ft Pierce on May 6, and one in Juno Beach on June 4. Also, I have had a few inquires to do another workshop in the Volusia County area. If you or anyone else would be interested in that region let me know so I can gauge if we would have enough students to warrant holding one there.

Ride Seahorses in Hawaii

Ok well maybe not riding them but Ocean Matters is giving a scholarship of $2,000 to an adult to come on this very special Ocean Matters trip to Hawaii, June 23-July 1st, 2015. For details, email: Join Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary; National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry; and Friends for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Oahu, HAWAII!

You’ll mirror the young people’s experience by counting, GPS locating, and sizing seahorses in waist deep water, all while staying at a delightfully rustic and world class marine research facility on an uninhabited island.

Hike through a rain forest on the windward side of the Oahu, tracing the source of fresh water with a native Hawaiian storyteller sharing indigenous wisdom. Sing “Puff the Magic Dragon” and other hits by the water’s edge with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary

Hear about the challenges facing the sea, as well as about her beauty and resilience from Brian Skerry’s 35 years of exploring the world’s oceans. Relax with the green turtles, or “honu” in Hawaiian, which haul out on the sands of Laniakea Beach on the north shore. Star gaze and light fires by the water. Explore Oahu’s underwater riches in optional scuba or snorkel trips and partake in other rare experiences that explore the nexus of indigenous knowledge, science, and sustainability

And remember if you have opportunities you’d like me to share here please email them to me. I hope to see you at the conference but until then.

FMSEA 2015

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:


Also from our FMSEA friend and author David Helvarg the release of his new book: Saved By the Sea:

You’ve seen the recent headline, “Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction.”   No one knows this better, or offers a clearer path to restoring our living seas than ‘Saved by the Sea’ author David Helvarg


“This book has the power to change the way you think about the world, about yourself, and the future of humankind.”

-Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

“David Helvarg has done an awful lot to protect the world’s oceans, not least this fine piece of writing.”

-Bill McKibben, author and climate activist

Amazing and often heartrending adventures in and around the ocean…a great read from an outstanding writer.”

Philippe Cousteau, ocean explorer, CNN Correspondent

“Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study says” read the recent New York Times cover story about the report in the journal Science that found “Despite our late start, humans have already powerfully changed virtually all marine ecosystems.”

How we can still turn the tide and restore the blue in our red, white and blue is the message David Helvarg, author and founder of the marine conservation and policy group Blue Frontier ( and co-founder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards conveys in an urgent yet personal manner.

He is an acknowledged leader in the fight to protect our ocean, coasts and the communities and economies that depend on them.   He works with bottom up ‘Seaweed’ (marine grassroots) activists to create change as well as National and Global Leaders like this year’s Benchley Award winners in policy and national stewardship Secretary of State John F. Kerry and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco who will join Helvarg and others in Washington DC on May 14.

The updated paperback edition of his memoir, SAVED BY THE SEA: Hope, Heartbreak and Wonder in the Blue World, is the remarkable story of his Zelig-like life on the frontlines of history and the marine environment, where his struggle has become a visionary and at times all consuming cause.

Helvarg personally witnesses massive assaults on our blue planet from calving glaciers and other climate impacts in Antarctica to Hurricane Katrina, to the BP Oil Spill to coral bleaching in Fiji and Australia in this engaging book while also offering ways to begin restoring the seas he loves.  For this is also a love story.  His love for the sea, his love of high-risk adventure, rallying to a cause larger that any one individual, and his love of the one person who was able to keep pace with Helvarg as he traveled around the globe in search of the next dive or environmental challenge: the late Nancy Ledansky.

A soul mate and adventure partner on many levels, Ledansky helped Helvarg not only in his missions but gave him the motivation to keep going despite the many obstacles he ran into: government informants, guerilla gunmen, polluting oil companies – and other “salt-water special interests” – that only saw profit-and-loss ledgers where he found life abundant but gravely threatened.

When Ledansky was diagnosed with breast cancer, Helvarg writes that she fought the disease with the same courage she battled for the environment: she kept going with a fierce will to survive.  After a series of gains and setbacks Ledansky finally lost her battle in 2002.  For a time this crushing personal loss set Helvarg back, but in dedicating himself to the cause they both shared, he eventually found a reason to continue.

Says Helvarg in SAVED BY THE SEA, “I’d lost many loved ones and was about to lose another but after a time of pain and uncertainty I determined to fight for the one love that still might (or might not) be saved, the one I will always return to…to protect our mother ocean I will also assure myself of continued risk and adventure, a larger social purpose for living, and perhaps even the occasional moment of transcendence, something any one of us might aspire to by taking the plunge.”

Along with the author’s work for the oceans, this book also shows his developmental arc as an award-winning journalist, going from war zones including Northern Ireland during “the troubles,” El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua in the late ‘70s and early 1980s, to working as a Private Investigator on homicide and wrongful death cases to the many investigative stories he reported on as a TV producer, radio reporter and writer including corporate assaults on our oceans, coasts and the people who depend on them.

The book is available on amazon and book stores now!

Hope to see you at FMSEA 2015!



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 CO-FACILITATOR Diane Bassett 941.266.2628 REGISTRATION LINK 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 7272600799 CO-FACILITATOR Jenna Cummings REGISTRATION LINK

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Panama City Beach – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 3/24/2015

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

DATE OF WORKSHOP 3/24/2015 16:00:00 CT VENUE Gulf World Marine Park 15412 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 FACILITATOR Stephanie Nagle 850-234-5271 x 210 CO-FACILITATOR Rosalyn Kilcollins REGISTRATION LINK:

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East Central March 2015 Update

by Brandon 2015/03/09 East Central

Don’t forget that we have the Regional Outing coming up this Sunday at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna. It will be a great day of marsh walks and kayaking thanks to the generous support of the staff at the Marine Discovery Center. There are still a few spaces left so please sign up […]

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Call for Volunteer Judges and Aquatic Species Collection Workshop

by Jaclyn 2015/03/03 Uncategorized

Hello West Central FMSEA members, We are looking for volunteer judges for the 60th anniversary Florida State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF).  The event will be held at the Lakeland Center, March 31st, April 1st and 2nd, 2015. The day for Judging is WEDNESDAY, April 1st from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a lunch […]

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March Updates

by Kerri 2015/03/01 Southeast

Hello Everyone! I hope Spring is off to a good start for you all; we have several great workshops and events happening this season in our region. If you have anything you would like me to share on the blog, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Florida Forestry Teacher’s Tour Accepting Applications Teachers’ applications are […]

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