There are lots of great things to share this month so I’m just going to get on with it.
Regional Outing in New Smyrna Beach
As previously mentioned we will have our regional outing on Sunday March, 15. It will be held at the Marine Discovery Center at 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. We will be getting hands on while exploring the salt marsh before lunch and then get on the water in kayaks after lunch. Lunch is provided by FMSEA. There is limited space so we will ask that you register through Eventbrite to reserve your spot. Please register by March 9, so we can make the lunch orders. I will also offer a shuttle van from Riverwalk Park in Rockledge should anyone from the south of end of our region care to carpool. Email me directly if you wish to join the carpool.
Get your Stump Speech Ready
As you know the FMSEA annual conference is coming up (check out this cheat sheet #FMSEA15 Quick Facts (PDF) for the scheduled events and more info) and with that also means elections. Board positions that are up for election at the conference include:
- Membership Secretary
- NMEA Rep
- Regional Directors
- East Central (our region)
- Southeast regions.
Self-nominations are accepted. If you are nominating another individual, please make sure that the individual is aware and accepting of the nomination. Please provide the following with your nomination:
- A short biography, 200 words or less.
- Statement on why you would like to be a part of the FMSEA Board of Directors.
- Nominations and biographies are due to Jenna Cummings, President Elect, by no later than Saturday, February 28, 2015
- Please email materials and or any questions regarding elections to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to know more about the responsibilities of the regional leader position then feel free to email me email@example.com.
We Want to Give You Money
FMSEA awards scholarships to educators every year? 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.
- 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.
- Scholarship Application Deadlines for Major Conferences (60 days prior):
- FMSEA 2015 Deadline: Saturday, February 28, 2015
- Conference April 30- May 3 (Tampa, FL)
- NSTA STEM Forum & Expo Deadline: Monday, March 20, 2014
- Conference June 29- July 2, 2015 (Newport, RI)
- Forum May 20–23, 2015 (Minneapolis MN)
- NMEA 2015 Deadline: Wednesday April 29, 2015
Click the following link to apply today for a FMSEA Teacher Trust Fund Scholarship.
We Also Want to Award You
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 FMSEA 2015 Conference in Tampa, FL. Nominate someone today!
All Award Nominations must be received by Friday, February 27, 2015.
JOHN BEAKLEY “MARINE SCIENCE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR” AWARD
The FMSEA Outstanding Marine Educator Award began in 1986. It was renamed in 1999 in honor of John Beakley, a Marine Science Resource Teacher in Palm Beach County and one of FMSEA’s founders.
“I consider John to be the founding father of Marine Education in the State as he made numberous trips to Washington to obtain funds to develop the Jacksonville Marine Science Center, the Crystal River Marine Science Station, and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Station (no longer open). He was the major force in establishing FMSEA in 1968.”
This Award is given to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to promoting and developing marine science in Florida. Nominees need not be members of FMSEA, but member nominations are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. Please ask the person you nominate to address the following categories (we encourage bullets of information as opposed to a narrative):
FMSEA SERVICE AWARD
The FMSEA Service Award began in 1993 and is given each year to a member who has exhibited dedicated service to the organization. Nominees must be FMSEA members. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination must address the following points. Please submit bullets instead of a long narrative:
STUDENT PROJECT AWARDS- AWARD FOR JUNIOR STUDENT PROJECT, THE JOHN BOOKER AWARD FOR SENIOR STUDENT PROJECT
The purpose of the two Student Project Awards is to encourage continuing education and study of the marine environment. A $300 Cash Award will be given to both a Junior and Senior Section student whose research demonstrates outstanding environmental science research with a marine and/or aquatic science connection.
For information and submissions, contact:
Jenna Cummings (FMSEA President-Elect) president-elect @ fmsea.org
That Could Be You Up There
So if you are going to run for office, get a scholarship, or accept your award don’t forget to also register for the conference. Though why just attend when you can also inspire. Calling ALL Presenters! We need YOU to present at the FMSEA15 Conference – Vision of the Past:Key To The Future in Tampa. Share your ideas, workshops, demonstrations or best lessons by presenting on Saturday, May 2. Presentation proposal deadline is March 15. See you in Tampa! Go to the FMSEA15 Conference page for more information on registration and presenting.
You Wouldn’t Believe the Size of It
Join Rodney Smith at one of his Surf & Shallow Water Fishing Workshops scheduled for February or March throughout several counties in our region. For more information either go to anglersforconservation.org or contact me, Rodney Smith 321-750-3374 firstname.lastname@example.org. A portion of the workshop proceeds will be contributed to the Anglers for Conservation’s Hook Kids on Fishing programs. This $50** workshop will not only cover the surf & shallow fishing fundamentals and skills needed to improve one’s catching, it will also detail the areas were you can save money and time while pursuing this outdoor activity. Captain Rodney Smith will share the knowledge needed to catch redfish, snook, pompano, whiting, drum, flounder, mackerel, and a host of other species.
**Attendees receive a FREE Surf & Shallow Water Fishing Tackle bag valued at $25
Get Paid to Learn
How would you like to enhance your communication skills regarding climate change and get money for your institution while doing it? I’ve taken this training through the National Network for Ocean & Climate Change Interpretation and it not only helped me communicate on climate change but taught skills that improved my communication techniques across the board.
A Professional Development Opportunity: Application now open for Study Circles Fall 2015
For informal educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues, a fully funded program for strategic climate change communication.
Visit www.neaq.org/NNOCCI or www.nnocci.org for more information and to apply.
Please encourage colleagues to apply and share with your own networks.
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Contact email@example.com for more information
MarineLab, in Key Largo, will be hosting its popular snorkeling teacher workshops again this summer from July 27 – 31, 2015.
The “Introduction to Coastal Marine Ecology” and “Marine Ecology & Research Techniques” will be held concurrently at our oceanfront campus in Key Largo, FL. The workshop is $450 per person, which includes meals, accommodations, snorkeling field trips, evening programs, and snorkel gear.
This year, we are offering financial aid for teachers that are considering bringing a group to MarineLab in the next two years! See the details below and also in the attachment. We hope you will be able to take advantage of this offer!
- Teach 5th -12th grade, science preferred
- Have a history of taking students on field trips to expose them to new experiences
- Serious interest in bringing students to MarineLab within the following two years
- Cannot be a current MarineLab teacher
- Complete the standard workshop enrollment form and send the $100 deposit
- Complete the Application for Financial Aid
- Include a letter from school administration supporting field trip efforts
- Awards will be announced June 1, 2015
- Successful applicants will have 50% of the workshop fee covered by financial aid
- In addition, a $100 cash grant will be awarded to the teacher upon completion of their first MarineLab trip, to help defray their expenses in coordinating the trip
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-741-1139.
Artful Science Scholarships
Inspire your students to learn about science using art! The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to announce that “Reef Relationships” is the theme for this year’s Science without Borders® Challenge. The Science without Borders® Challenge is a yearly art competition that engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The international competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. To participate, challengers must submit an original piece of artwork by Monday, April 27, 2015. The first place winner will win a $500 scholarship. For more details, please view the contest rules and an entry form at:http://www.livingoceansfoundation.org/resources/for-educators/science-without-borders-challenge/