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 break from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

If you are available and interested in helping please contact Heather Segura at hsegura@flaquarium.org

Also please don’t forget we are hosting an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Clearwater on Wednesday March 25th at 5:30. Spots are still available – please click here to sign up!

Thank you!

Jaclyn

 

March Updates

by Kerri on 2015/03/01

in 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 currently being accepted for the Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour, a four-day exploration of forestry in Florida. The Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour will bring 45 teachers from across the state to Fernandina Beach to experience the wonders of Florida’s forests and forest industry; all while earning 30 Continuing Education Units. The tour will empower teachers with knowledge about private tree farms, harvesting and wood products that Floridians use every day. Teachers will have the hands-on experience and knowledge to integrate forestry into their classroom. All tour meals and hotels are provided, free-of-charge. Dates for the 2015 Florida Forestry Teachers’ Tour are June 23-26. Applications will be accepted through March 9, 2015. To apply, please visit: FloridaForest.org/Programs/Teachers-Tour.

Natural Science Education Trainings:

3/23 – Project and Aquatic WILD
This FREE workshop will be held at MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach, Florida. Please see attached announcement for details and to register.

Sea Camp Marine Education Workshop: Big Pine Key

Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April 26th
Please see attached flyer for details and to register. The weekend also includes an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop!

Project Learning Tree Workshops

Urban Forestry (3rd – 8th grade)
3/14 – Greynolds Park, Miami
Register: Marcia Bisnett at seleefer@webtv.net or 305-322-6273

Municipal Solid Waste Workshop
3/23 – Solid and Municipal Waste Authority, Palm Beach
Register: Brian Elkins at belkins@swa.org or 561-640-8949

Florida Master Naturalist Special Topics – Conservation Science

Date: March 11 – 21, 2015
Location: Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL  33415
Click here for more information and to register

Science Without Borders Challenge

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 here.

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!

2015 FMSEA Annual Conference

Registration is open for our 2015 FMSEA Annual Conference that will be held in Tampa on April 30 to May 3, 2015. Early bird registration rate is $155 for annual members and $130 for lifetime members. Registration link and hotel information can be found on our website.

FMSEA invites you to propose a session at our 2015 conference. Topics on marine and ocean conservation, new and innovative marine science content, research, activities and curriculum are encouraged. All concurrent sessions will be Saturday, May 2. Please complete and submit a Call for Presenters form by: 5:00 PM March 15, 2015. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent during the following week of March.

Also, as a FMSEA member, you are eligible to apply for scholarships to attend professional development opportunities including the FMSEA conference. You must apply 60 days in advance; go to our website for more information and the application.

Jobs & Internships

  • Sustainability Intern, City of Sunrise (attached)
  • Everglades Summer Intern Program (attached)
  • Junior Marine Biologist Camp Counselor Positions, Juno Beach (attached)
  • River Center Environmental Education Internship, Jupiter (descriptions here)

 

NSET Flyer_Registration form_ 2014_15

Seacamp Teachers Workshop 2015

Sunrise sustainability internship announcement

Everglades Summer Internship 2015

JMB Camp Positions

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:

  • President-Elect
  • Membership Secretary
  • NMEA Rep
  • Regional Directors
    • Northeast
    • East Central (our region)
    • Southwest
    • 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 president-elect@fmsea.org. If you want to know more about the responsibilities of the regional leader position then feel free to email me rd-eastcentral@fmsea.org.

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.”
—Pat Purcell

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 irlcoast@gmail.com. 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.

NNOCCI

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.

We apologize for any cross-posting.

Contact  jevanswilent@neaq.org for more information

Snorkel Scholarships

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!

ELIGIBILITY:

  • 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

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • 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

AWARD

  • 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 ginettehughes@mrdf.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/

West Central Regional Updates February 2015

by Jaclyn 2015/02/19 Regional Reports

Hello FMSEA members! Please see below for some exciting happenings in our regions: We are hosting an Aquatic Species collection workshop at Saint Paul’s school in Clearwater on March 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The address is 1600 Saint Paul’s Drive Clearwater, Florida 33774 You will pull into the main lot and look for the building labeled […]

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FMSEA Southwest Regional Update – Spring 2015

by Jason 2015/02/17 Regional Reports

Hello FMSEA members, here is an update for the Southwest Region (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier). Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can help […]

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Aquatic Species Collection Workshop March 2015

by Jaclyn 2015/02/10 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

  Hello FMSEA members! We are hosting an Aquatic Species collection workshop at Saint Paul’s school in Clearwater on March 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The address is 1600 Saint Paul’s Drive Clearwater, Florida 33774 You will pull into the main lot and look for the building labeled science. We will have a door open and signs […]

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February Updates

by Kerri 2015/02/02 Southeast

Hello Everyone! We have lots going on in our region, I hope you can take a minute to check out all the cool workshops, trainings, outings, and events happening this Spring. If you have anything you would like me to share on the blog, please don’t hesitate to reach out!   Regional Outing On Saturday, […]

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Sarasota – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 3/14/15

by Kathy 2015/01/30 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

This notice was posted in error. The workshop has been postponed.

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January Update

by Jaclyn 2015/01/24 Regional Reports

Hello West Central Regional members, Nominations are now open for FMSEA Board of Directors! The FMSEA Board of Directors is a nominated panel of individuals who are responsible for the operational aspects of the FMSEA organization. Each year various positions become available for re-election. Board positions that are up for election at the conference: President-Elect […]

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FMSEA Awards

by Jenna 2015/01/23 Crow's Nest

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 […]

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