Kathy Russell will be hosting an Aquatic Species Collection workshop at the Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, from 2-4 on Saturday February 25.  If you are in need of this certificate or you need to renew now is a great time to do it!




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


February 2017 Southeast Regional Update:

MAY 4 – MAY 7, 2017
Link to register: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1913822

2. The Florida Marine Science Educators Association invites you to propose a session at 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – ST. AUGUSTINE FMSEA ON THE FIRST COAST: SHINING LIGHT ON OCEAN LITERACY May 4 – 7, 2017

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 as soon as possible. Questions? Contact: proposals@fmsea.org

Here is the link to register for the conference (register now and get our early bird rate): https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1913822
Our conference hotel is the Hampton Inn and Suites, Vilano Beach. We have secured a rate of $164 a night, please mention FMSEA when you make your reservation.

3. FMSEA Member Educator Scholarship to attend FMSEA 2017 Conference​
The FMSEA Board of Directors voted to establish an environmental education trust fund at its October 10, 1993 meeting. The fund is in support of staff development which includes teacher in-service training and enhancement. A special thank you goes to R. Duncan Matthewson for his efforts in helping to establish this fund.

Individual Scholarships will be presented to FMSEA members to attend either an environmental professional development program or a professional conference (including the FMSEA annual conference). Awards may cover registration, travel or accommodation costs. Applicants are encouraged to secure matching funds from sources other than FMSEA. All award winners must agree to:
§ acknowledgments of FMSEA support in all activities related to the funded program,
§ file copies with FMSEA of all products/projects generated by the program,
§ a short, written report on the program/conference for the annual FMSEA Journal or present a session at the first FMSEA Annual Conference after the completion of the project.

Scholarship Applications are due 60 days prior to program/conference for which you are applying. Submitting an application does not guarantee funds will be awarded. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
§ FMSEA Teacher Trust Fund – Individual Scholarship Application Google Form version
§ Submit your application to president-elect @ fmsea.org

4. Marine Education Workshop, 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
Director, Newfound Harbor Marine Institute
305-872-2331 ext 238

Chuck Brand
Director of Marketing

5. Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology course, in the British Virgin Islands
Do you know enthusiastic high school students interested in marine biology? We are Accepting High School Applications for this summer’s Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology course, in the British Virgin Islands.

The Marine science And Nautical Training Academy (MANTA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education and research organization founded by full-time research scientists at the Hollings Marin e Laboratory, in Charleston, SC. Our mission is to provide high school and college students a unique opportunity to learn about the marine environment, and participate in marine science research and conservation projects.

The program provides an intensive, experienced-based field study program in fundamental and applied marine science. Students will live on a large catamaran sailboat in the British Virgin Islands for two weeks while learning marine science, and practical skills used in the field like SCUBA diving, sailing, and seamanship of a research vessel. Lectures and experiential learning are used to teach students about coral reef ecosystems, as students develop and test their own hypotheses by designing and executing short field experiments. The course is taught by faculty at the College of Charleston and other marine scientists from our floating classroom and research platform.
Visit our website for examples of What We Research as well as more details about the High School Program, July 10-24, 2017. Our college program was recently featured in the Fall Edition of the College of Charleston Magazine, check it out.

Please forward this message to interested students, have them identify a teacher reference, and submit a free quick online application for High School Email melannie.bachman@manta-online.org for more detailed information about the syllabus, itinerary or enrollment.

Thank you!
Dr. Rusty Day, Executive Director &
Melannie Bachman, MSc, Vice President
Melannie J Bachman, MScMANTA-Marine science And Nautical Training Academy
Vice President
417 Planters Trace Dr
Charleston, SC 29412

6. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is now accepting applications for a Data Collection Intern this spring semester.
For further information and instructions, please see: https://www.marinelife.org/about/careers/data-collection-intern

7. Marine Science Camp Internship with the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, FL.
This unique paid internship will provide the opportunity to learn about marine and estuarine ecosystems of Southeast Florida by working with our day camps for ages 6-16. All camp sessions are heavily water-based and include activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and seine netting in various locations throughout Florida’s Treasure Coast region.

Interested candidates can submit application packages by Wednesday February 15, 2017. Please see attached posting for details. I appreciate your help with spreading the word!

Many thanks,
Cristin Krasco
Education Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator
Smithsonian Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium

8. South Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society General Meeting Announcement – February 23, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Sunset Lakes Community Center
2801 SW 186 Avenue Miramar, Florida 33029

4 C.E.U.’s will be available for SFAPMS Members
Guests are welcome to attend and earn C.E.U. credit at a charge of $20.00

Online registration is available!

Email: info@sfapms.org
(Phone) 954.370.0041

The Boca Raton Public Library is pleased to announce its 2017 One Book Boca title, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery. The library staff chose this National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller for its funny, entertaining, touching, and profound exploration of this fascinating and intelligent sea creature and the implications regarding the connections it makes with humans. Last year, the BRPL created its first community reading experience to encourage connection among community members through the reading of one book.

Author and popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has been called “equal parts poet and scientist” by The New York Times. She is a frequent speaker at schools, museums, libraries and universities. Montgomery will discuss the book, her work and animal adventures (she is also the author of The Good Good Pig andBirdology) at the Downtown Library on February 12 at 3:00pm. Register through the calendar at bocalibrary.org. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk at the Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd Avenue, in Boca Raton.

“We are thrilled to bring back our community reading initiative with bestselling author Sy Montgomery,” notes Oyuki Poletz, Program Services Librarian. “Her insight into the connection between humans and the natural world is profound.”

BRPL offers both print and eBook versions of The Soul of an Octopus for check-out by library cardholders. For groups and schools interested in hosting their own programs, the library offers a discussion guide at bocalibrary.org, and a display of Montgomery’s books for middle- and high-school students will be on display in the Youth Services section of each library.

10. Archery Trade Association is hosting an Archery Academy at the Ocala Youth Conservation Center
The Archery Trade Association is hosting an Archery Academy at the Ocala Youth Conservation Center. The Archery Academy will include a USA Archery Level 2 Certification course and cover how to implement existing beginning and intermediate archery and bowhunting programs. This is a great opportunity for those starting a new program or expanding an existing one. Read all the information below and if there are any questions my contact information is below.

When ready to register, email the following information to joshua.gold@myfwc.com.

Ocala Youth Conservation Center
7325 NE 170th Ave
Silver Springs, FL 34488
February 21st -23rd, 2017
Starting time 1pm on the 21st
Adjourning at 1pm on the 23rd
$190 1st Participant of Organization
$130 2nd Participant of Organization
Costs above include lodging, meals, membership and background screening

Thank you,
Joshua Gold
Education Coordinator, Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
2574 Seagate Drive, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Office: (850) 617-9381
Cell: (850) 510-7205

11. Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – FIU Biscayne Campus – Fri Mar 03 2017
FMSEA/FWC ASCW Pre-Workshop Notification – FIU Biscayne Campus – Miller-Walker – Fri Mar 03 2017

FIU Biscayne Campus 3000 NE 151st St
North Miami, FL 33181

FACILITATOR: Dawn Miller-Walker – dwalker@scienceeye.com

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-nmiami-170303

NOTES: The address serves the entire FIU campus. Visitor parking is in Lot 2 for $1/hour – takes quarters ($0.25/15 min) (it may take other payment, I’m not sure). The Marine Science Building is a short walk on the other side of the main campus buildings of Academic 1 and Academic 2. We will be on the first floor, room 105.

12. Information Exchange for Marine Educators – February 2017

There have been many interesting internship and fellowship opportunities coming across the listservs this month. I’ve highlighted several of them — check these out.

This newsletter is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program, with additional support from the National Marine Protected Areas Center, to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. It is intended to encourage exchange of information and programs. We hope that it will also promote collaboration among the different educators addressing similar issues in their programs. Please share this email with your colleagues and constituents. If you request materials or respond to a request for information, please mention that you learned about it in NOAA’s Information Exchange.

The information included here has been compiled from many different sources, including EE-NEWS@NAAEE, scuttlebutt, EEinGEORGIA, the Scout Report, and others. We have attempted to verify web addresses, but make no guarantee of accuracy. The Department of Commerce/NOAA does not necessarily endorse or promote the views or facts presented on these sites.
Collected archives and issues of the newsletter, past and present, are available at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/resources/education/welcome.html#exchange. To subscribe or unsubscribe to this list, send information to include in the newsletter, or discuss further enhancements, please contact the editor directly at phyllis.dermer@noaa.gov, or by phone at (865) 932-5074

Please see the attached document for details of the following resources, programs, and opportunities.

13. Call for Exhibitors is OPEN! – National Marine Educators Association
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2017 Conference will take place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina from June 25 – 29th2017! 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 Exhibitors will remain open until May 1, 2017. For more information visit exhibits.NMEA2017.org or email exhibits@nmea2017.org.

14. 2017 Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour Accepting Applications NOW!
Get a first-hand look at the role Florida’s forestry industry plays in your every day life, from your bed to your cell phone, all while earning 30 CEU hours.
The Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour brings 45 teachers from across the state to Fernandina Beach each June to see how forestry works in Florida. This four-day event demonstrates to educators that sustainability is the key to responsible forestry. Participating teachers experience all aspects of forestry practices from the planting and growing processes to the mills and end products. They also learn about chemical by-products created in the process of making paper. In short, they see the industry’s many efforts to maximize the effective and efficient use of resources.

All lodging, meals and tour transportation are provided, free-of-charge, thanks to private donations and forestry sponsorships.

Dates for the 2017 Tour are June 20-23. Applications will be accepted January 30-March 10.
To learn more about the Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour, please visit: www.FloridaStateForests.org/TeachersTour

15. Summer Internship Opportunities at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Are you, or someone you know, looking for a great summer internship? MacArthur Beach offers amazing field experiences and learning opportunities through our Natural Science Education Summer Camp program and sea turtle programs. Housing for out of state candidates may be available. For more info http://www.macarthurbeach.org/internships

How to Apply: Fill out the application found at www.macarthurbeach.org/internships and send it to cheryl@macarthurbeach.org

Veronica Frehm
Southeast Regional Director, FMSEA

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Founded in 1968, the Florida Marine Science Educators Association is a professional group of individuals and organizations devoted to the cause of aquatic education in Florida. We are a regional chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water, both fresh and salt.

First-year teachers are eligible for a free FMSEA membership. Learn more at fmsea.org/welcome.

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.



January 2017 Regional Update

by Veronica 2017/01/11 Southeast

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! Sincerely, 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 […]

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December 2016 Update

by Veronica 2016/12/13 Southeast

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! Sincerely, Veronica December 2016 Southeast Regional Update: 1. New Ocean Today Every Full Moon collection of videos – Now Live! A NEW EVERY FULL MOON episode […]

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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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