November Updates

by Kerri on 2015/10/30

in Southeast

Pine Jog Wild Orchid 5k
Join us for a morning run through the woods at Pine Jog, one of the oldest nature centers in the country. The Wild Orchid 5K winds through 132 acres of pine flatwood forest and upland hammock, along packed dirt trails, under tree canopies, and past rare, and endangered native orchids. The course has much to offer for every runner, from serious runners to families with little ones and everyone in between. All proceeds benefit the Orchid Lab and the OrKids Program. Please see attached flyer for more information, and to register.

Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is launching a Water Quality Monitoring Program! This program will integrate state-of-the-art research techniques and equipment with hands-on monitoring for local residents, as well as teachers and students. The first Public Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 3:00pm at LMC in Juno Beach. Participants will learn about water quality within the Lake Worth Lagoon, as well as sampling techniques to become Citizen Scientists for our community. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached flyer for details, and contact Kerri Allen at  to register for this free workshop.

Photo Contest at MacArthur Beach State Park
As part of our NatureScaping: An Outdoor Festival event we are having our annual photography contest. This is your chance to enter the beautiful photos you have taken throughout the year.   We are looking for your best photos of Animals and Insects, Flowers and Trees, Beach Scenes and Fun at the Park. Submissions must be taken within the boundaries of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Youth and adult categories and prizes will be awarded in each category and Best in Show. New this year, Best in Show will be featured on next year’s event poster. Please see attached flyer for details.

LinkedIn Group Teacher Scientists Partnership
The T/S partnership group is designed to build community and partnerships related to science education. It is designed to serve at least 3 distinct types of scientists 1.scientific content researchers (bench scientists, theoretical scientists, field scientists, etc.), 2. education researchers, and 3. science education practitioners (teachers, instructors, educators, interpreter, etc.) and welcomes people with diverse roles and expertise (PI, program managers, evaluators, participants, students, fellows, funding officers, administrators, etc.). It is hoped that new teams and projects will form from this group and that teams from grants such as DRK-12, GK-12, Noyce, MSP, SEPA, etc will contribute to this group.

Project WILD and Project Learning Tree at MacArthur Beach State Park
1/4/16 Flying WILD and Schoolyard Wildlife
2/15/16 Project Learning Tree
3/18/16 Project WILD and Aquatic WILD
Please see the attached flyer for more information, and to register.

Youth Making Ripples Film Festival and Competition
The Beneath the Waves – Youth Making Ripples Film Competition – is an opportunity  for K-12 students (< 18 years of age) to use their creative talents and serve as a voice for our oceans. We encourage elementary, middle and high school students to create their own marine related film on a topic of their interest. All submission must be less than 5 minutes. The message of your film can focus on an interesting marine topic, a specific marine related problem or issue, or a call to action for conservation. The competition is free to enter. Winning films receive small scholarships and a yacht expedition with professional film makers and research scientists.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest
Get your art supplies ready, because this year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest is now officially open! Students grades K-8 can submit artwork through November 30th that answers the questions:
• How does marine debris impact the oceans and Great Lakes?
• What are you doing to help prevent marine debris?
Winning entries will be featured in the 2017 Marine Debris Calendar. Be creative and help raise awareness about marine debris! For a complete list of contest rules, visit the website and download the student entry form and art contest flyer.

With school in full swing we’ve been packed with programs here. I hope everything is going great at your facilities and you are keeping equally as busy. There’s a lot of great stuff going on this month so lets get to it so I don’t take up any more of your time then necessary.

What’s a Nerdle?

Sea Grant and UF IFAS are offering a training for a citizen science project looking at microplastics in our local waterways. Volunteers will collect water, filter water, and look for microplastics in filtered samples. You can find out more info about the project at as well as find out who is doing training in your region. In Brevard County check out this flyer to set up a class.

That’s So Fly!

The 2015 4-H fly fishing series will begin on Monday, October 26! Open to youth ages 12-18 of all skill levels who are interested in learning the art of fly fishing. Sessions will be in indoor and outdoor settings and will emphasize casting, conservation education, knot tying and fly tying. Cost is $30 per youth. You may pay on Eventbrite or pay by check made out to Brevard County 4-H Association. First meeting will be at the UF IFAS Extension in Cocoa 6:00-8:00 pm on Monday, October 26. Contact Andy Thompson at 321-633-1702 or for more information. There will be a total of 9 meetings. Space is limited to 15 youth participants. Dates of sessions are October 26, 31, and November 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24.

Fresh from Florida

Join the UF/IFAS Extension office and Wild Ocean Seafood Market for this fun early release day program on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, learning about Florida Seafood! Families will get a tour of Wild Ocean Seafood Market’s Titusville store and be able to participate in some fun activities! Ever wanted to learn how to peel a shrimp? Want to learn more about fish anatomy? How are your cast netting skills? And you get to sample some yummy shrimp afterwards! Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family of 4. Register today via Eventbrite or call Holly Abeels at 321-633-1702 x235 to register over the phone. Reservations are required to participate. Sign up today!

Become Ambassadors for Sustainability!

  • Ten-week training program with continuing volunteer opportunities
  • Learn how to live more sustainably—and find out about sustainability initiatives throughout Brevard County!
  • Topics include Energy, Water, Land Use, Food, and more

The Sustainable Floridians program follows the model of the successful Florida Master Gardener program and aims to develop engaged citizen volunteers who will become local sustainability champions. The Sustainable Floridian will become an active participant in the mission of the Florida Extension Service to transform societies through lifestyle choices and behaviors. After completing the eight-week training program, participants will create a personal sustainability action plan and can contribute to service projects or act as volunteer educators.

Lights, Cameras, Action

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd annual Youth Making Ripples Film Festival and Competition will take place on January 22nd, 2016 (starting at 5:30 pm) at Florida Institute of Technologies Gleason performing Arts Center. As in past years, we will kick off the event with a pre-viewing reception that will include educational exhibits where scientists and educators can interact with K-12 students. We will then move into the theater to showcase this year’s finalists. After the debut of this year’s films we will host a Q & A session where students and the public can engage local scientists about the environmental concerns some of our marine communities are facing. Email for more information.

IRL Day Everyday

OK maybe its not everyday but on November 14th you can celebrate everything great about the Indian River Lagoon and learn more about how you can help it. Check out this flyer for more information.

Creatures about at the BIC

While many of the Barrier Island Center programs have a terrestrial focus this month you will find many aquatic offerings at their Creature Fest including specific stations include seahorse research, plankton viewing, oyster reef critters, touch tank, dolphin rescue. Check out the links for more information.

Mangroves, Oysters, and Pollinators, Oh My!

The 2015 Florida Project Learning Tree Professional Development Conference, Planet Diversity: Trees Gone Wild, utilizes the zoo environment to teach across disciplines.  It provides the opportunity to network with PLT facilitators, educators, program sponsors and partners, environmental, conservation, and natural resource educators. Don’t miss a night hike at the zoo, and concurrent sessions provided by zoo staff, and more! Hosted by the amazing Brevard Zoo, come and be part of an engaging and inspiring experience! Join us November 13 – 15, 2015 for a minimal cost (with or without hotel), and register now at:

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Do you want to do more than just learn about climate change? Join educators across the United States supporting climate resilience. Apply NOW to become part of the 2016 NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) Stewardship Community. Selected educators who meet project requirements will be eligible for:

  • Mini-grants up to $2000 to support a climate stewardship action project.
  • Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences.
  • Special professional development opportunities.
  • Additional monetary and educational resources.

Applications are due by midnight PST, November 22, 2015. To learn more, Go to the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Web Site. Questions? Contact the following NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Coordinators: or

Work in the Keys for the Summer?

One of our member organizations has a job opportunity.

Seacamp is a private, non-profit, residential program that operates a marine science/SCUBA camp for teenagers during the summer and teaches outdoor marine education to school groups from September to May.  Newfound Harbor Marine Institute is our environmental educational organization offering programs in marine science to visiting elementary, secondary, college, and adult groups. Seacamp just celebrated our 50th summer and is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Newfound Harbor Marine Institute is currently hiring Marine Science Instructors and Marine Science Education Interns for the fall and spring seasons.  Positions begin as early as November. Instructors and Interns lead interpretive programs in marine science for visiting schools and participate in support services required to run a residential program. This is an excellent opportunity for science majors and graduates to receive exposure to the tropical marine environment.

Extensive training includes science seminars, American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding, Oxygen Administration, First Aid and CPR/PR, seamanship and boat handling, teaching techniques and more.


Instructor – Must have a college degree in the biological sciences, environmental science, education, or related field.

Intern – Must be working towards a degree in the biological sciences, environmental science, education or related fields. Must have completed at least one year of college level biology and finished their junior year. All applicants should be strong swimmers and should have a desire to work in a residential, community setting

Benefits: Salary/stipend, housing provided on the property, meals when participants are in residence, extensive training opportunities, worker’s compensation insurance, and staff boat use during time off.  All NHMI staff benefit from their role in providing unique, experiential, marine science education opportunities for youth and adults from around the world.

To apply: Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to We will contact you to complete your employment application packet, including official college transcripts and personal and professional recommendations.

Seasonal employment: Fall/Spring (November – May). Spring Only (January-May) Summer (May-August). Multi-seasonal and year-round positions are available. Internship credit is available. No deadline date for applications.

We would appreciate you passing this employment opportunity on to interested students or recent graduates.

Thank you.

Seacamp Hiring Committee
1300 Big Pine Avenue
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

November 13, 2015

The Western North Atlantic Right whale is Georgia’s state marine mammal.  Annually, pregnant mothers migrate from the cold, turbulent New England waters to calve in the calmer, warmer winter waters along the se coast from South Carolina and Georgia to Florida.  Teams of biologists including those from the New England Aquarium and Georgia Department of Natural Resources(DNR) track their movements and births, disentangle whales from commercial fishing lines, and conduct ongoing research on the most endangered of all the great whales.

Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins are one of many dolphin species that take advantage of our estuarine and coastal waters.  They are found here year round and many individuals are well known by teams that monitor resident populations of Georgia’s estuaries.

Manatees that are found along the Georgia coast, typically in the warmer spring and summer months, are native to Florida and are a subspecies of the West Indian manatee.  Primarily relying on Florida’s fresh water springs for habitat, these animals invest considerable energy travelling into Georgia’s estuaries to take advantage of minerals and nutrients found in Georgia’s brackish and salt marsh vegetation.

Join experts in the Marine Mammal field from Georgia DNR, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve(SINERR), and Savannah State University who will speak on these amazing mammals and their connections to the Georgia coast.  Current research, threats, conservation and management strategies, life history, behaviors, and adaptations will be presented along with curriculum and fun classroom activity sessions!  This workshop is open to formal and non-formal educators.

Register by October 23, 2015


LOCATION:  Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Brunswick, Georgia

TIME:  8:45-5:00

COST: $25, includes refreshments, lunch, and resource materials

K-12 CURRICULUM AND RESOURCES:  provided for all participants


For registration materials go to:   Click on the attachments link in the upper right of the page

Or go to the eeingeorgia home page at  Go to Calendar in the pull down menu and click on monthly calendar. 


If you have any questions please contact Georgia at


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