Happy International Coastal Cleanup Month! I hope you’re finding some great events to participate in. If you haven’t yet, here are some more going on in the Southwest Region….

4th Annual Monofilament Cleanup

  • Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron
  • Sign up at Sarasota Bay Watch.

National Estuaries Day

  • Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Detail can be found here.

Morning Paddle on Sarasota Bay

  • Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Register online.

Keep Manatee Beautiful

  • Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 am (time may vary with location)
  • Location: Varies, see website for details.
  • Sign up at Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Why keep our coasts beautiful? I think the Ocean Conservancy says it all here,



Greetings FMSEA Southwest Region!

I hope this update finds you recharged and ready to take on another school year!  Read on for information about events in our region and be sure to check out the details of our SW Regional Member Contest.  Please contact me if you have any questions or event updates.  Have a great 2012-2013 school year!
~ Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Southwest Regional Director

Art Exhibition: Wonders of the Sea & Resident Spirits
Now through September 28, 2012
Location: The Art Center, 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL  34236

Wonders of the Sea: This exhibition includes pieces that address the growing ecological concerns of ocean life. By mixing scientific research with intriguing aesthetics, the exhibition delivers poignant messages to the viewer about our local marine life.

Resident Spirits: In this exhibition, twenty-seven photographs will be featured, showcasing many of the splendid and awe-inspiring creatures of Earth’s oceans. From expansive fish schools to elusive turtles and whales, each image captures its subject with a breathtaking beauty and sometimes haunting essence.

How Do We Explore? Professional Development Workshop for Educators
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Location: University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Pete, FL

Contact Teresa Greely for information:
E-mail or call 727-552-2281.
Deadline: September 28, 2012

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL  34236

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit was created to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. The annual event encourages youth to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own conservation projects. In 2011, YOCS attracted more than 150 participants. Join us on November 3, 2012 at Mote Marine Laboratory to see how these amazing students have put their conservation plans into action.
For more information, please contact Sean Russell.


Other Events Around the Region

think + drink (science) Café  @ South Florida Museum
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7 – 9pm
RSVP Required.
2012 International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 15, 2012
8am – 12pm
Join your friends and neighbors as we help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful!
Various Locations
National Estuaries Day Celebration @ Rookery Bay Reserve
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10am – 3pm
More details.
Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference
October 25 – 27, 2012
Tradewinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL
Registration and Information.
Aquatic Species Collection Workshop @ Mote Marine Laboratory
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9am – 12pm
Registration required.
Splash! School Grants
The Splash! school grant program provides teachers with funding to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues.
Up to $3,000 per school.
Deadline: September 7, 2012

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and is ready to begin the new school year! I listed some upcoming events, resources, and grants that may be of interest to our members.  If you know of a local events and or your organization is hosting an event, be sure to let me know!  Also, if you have a new co-worker, encourage them to join FMSEA! As always check out our wonderful website at

Professional Development:

Be sure to register for one of the upcoming Aquatic Species Collection Workshop Completion of the course allows you to collect marine and freshwater fish and invertebrate species for educational/classroom use. The cost is $25 and the permit is good for 3 years.

Upcoming workshops:

When: Wed, August 22, 5pm – 8pm

Where: Riverwalk Nature Center, Brevard County Parks & Recreation, 5355 US Hwy 1, Rockledge, FL 32955 (map)

Fee: $25, Checks should be made out to FMSEA

Contact: Brandon Smith 321-433-4490 Email:


When: Fri, August 24, 2pm – 4pm

Where: Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33413 (map)

Fee: $25, Checks should be made out to FMSEA

To register for the workshop, contact: Clive Pinnock -Facilitator * Phone Number: 561-233-1400 X-4 (office); 561-281-2055 (cell) * E-mail: . * Preregister with name, address, email, phone number, and organization.


When: Sat, November 10, 9am – 11am

Where: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida (map)

Contact: Jason Robertshaw, 941-388-4441 x 250,

Fee: $25, Checks should be made out to FMSEA

Registration form and additional details:


Hillsborough County Extension, Conservation Science Workshop

October 9, 16, & 23,

The presentations in this three workshop series were initially designed by the preeminent conservation biologist, Reed Noss (University of Central Florida) and the founder of the Florida Master Naturalist Program, Marty Main (University of Florida). The three one-day workshops build upon each other in a progressive and hierarchical manner to provide students with an increasing level of understanding of the principles and practice of conservation science.

The workshops will be presented in the following order:
Workshop I: Biological Diversity
Workshop II: Ecosystem Integrity
Workshop III: Conservation Strategies for Sustainable

Go to to find more information.


University of South Florida College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, Florida. How Do We Explore? Professional Development Workshop for Educators
October 20, 2012

Contact Teresa Greely for information: or (727) 552-2281
Deadline:  September 28, 2012


The Institute of Florida Studies is happy to announce its 2012 Fall schedule of courses.  All information is available on our website. Below please find the courses being offered, start dates and times, and costs.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sean Nordquist.  If you have already taken our courses, please pass this information on to co-workers or friends who you think might be interested. All courses are held onsite at the HCC Plant City Campus.

  • Water Operator “C” License – EVS 8003
  • Begins Wednesday, September 5th
  • Monday/Wednesday – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday – 10:00am – 3:30pm
  • $450 + books
  • Wastewater Operator “C” License – EVS 8004
  • Begins Wednesday, September 5th
  • Monday/Wednesday – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday – 10:00am – 3:30pm
  • $450 + books
  • FNGLA – Horticulture Professional – HOS 8001
  • Begins Tuesday, September 4th
  • Tuesday/Thursday – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • $275 + book
  • Landscape Design – HOS 8002
  • Begins Thursday, September 7th
  • Thursday – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • $75

6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

When: October 20-25, 2012

Where: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

Description: The 6th National Conference theme is “Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities,” and we are particularly interested in proposals for sessions, presentations, and posters dealing with the interface of the environment and the economy, but all proposals relevant to coastal habitat restoration will not only be considered, but are highly encouraged.


Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference

When: Oct 25 – 27, 2012

Where: St. Petersburg, FL (map)

Description: “STEM-U-Lating Science”  


Ongoing boating classes, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard. Go to to find a class near you!


Marine Science Education Resources:

Hands-On Oceanography A recurring column in Oceanography magazine, Hands-On Oceanography provides peer-reviewed activities appropriate for undergraduate and/or graduate classes in oceanography. Hands-on is broadly interpreted as those activities that actively engage students (i.e., activities where students have to make decisions, record results, and interpret results). Hands-on activities include, but are not limited to, computer-based models and laboratory demonstrations. Below is a list with links to all of the published activities.\


The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences and the County extension offices offer wide variety of classes, workshops, and resources for educators.  Click below for county links.

  1. Desoto County
  2. Hardee County
  3. Hernando County
  4. Hillsborough County
  5. Pasco County
  6. Pinellas County 
  7. Polk County
Student Workshops: Registration is now open for the second annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit! This exciting event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL! Youth participants attending this year’s summit will learn from marine scientists and conservationists about current threats facing marine ecosystems, will work with mentors to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects, and will take part in workshops designed to give them the skills necessary to successfully implement these projects. Participants will also get the chance to network with conservation organizations, and other young people who are passionate about ocean conservation! New workshops and sessions will be offered for returning participants to further develop their ongoing ocean conservation work! To register for the summit, visit the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit website and complete the online registration form. The registration fee for the event is $13 per participant, and includes lunch, snacks, and program materials.


The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) is a partnership of local governments and state and federal environmental agencies that was formed in 1990 to develop a conservation and management plan for Tampa Bay. In addition to conducting research and implementing strategies for bay restoration, TBEP also develops programs to educate citizens about ways to prevent water pollution and protect Tampa Bay. The Bay Grants program supports community-based restoration and education projects focusing on the Tampa Bay Estuary. Empowering citizens through programs such as this helps foster an environmental ethic and promote community stewardship of the bay.

Deadline: October 1



The Splash! school grant program provides teachers with funding to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues. The Splash! school grant program has undergone various changes for the 2012-2013 school year. It is very important all interested applicants review the following webpages before proceeding to the application: Grant Types¯Select One, Completing Your Application and Making Your Budget. The projects funded during the 2011-2012 school year throughout the SWFWMD have educated an estimated 80,000 students.  The Splash! school grant program is based on the SWFWMD’s core mission and may include education on water conservation, water quality, watersheds and natural systems. Splash! school grants offer up to $3,000 per school on a reimbursement basis only and are available to public school teachers, grades pre-K through 12. Teachers may apply for a grant within his/her individual class but are encouraged to include an entire grade-level or teaching group.

Deadline: September 7


Thank you for reading through the August FMSEA West Central Update!   If you have information on future programs, events or other opportunities that may be of interest to our FMSEA members, please send them to me at



Jenna Cummings

Florida Master Naturalist Program

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Regional Report: Southwest

by Dana 2012/06/03 Regional Reports

June 2012 I hope this update finds you energized after the FMSEA Annual Conference and ready to kick off the summer! Read on to see what’s happening in our region and around the state. Please contact me if you have any questions or event updates. Have a great day! ~ Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Southwest Regional Director

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Mote Science Café

by Dana 2012/06/01 Regional Reports

Brown Bags to Beggar the Dolphin Bad eating habits and poor nutrition are an issue with America’s youth…and Sarasota Bay dolphins? Join the discussion about nutrition in humans and dolphins – including a local dolphin named “Beggar” whose story reveals why feeding wild dolphins is harmful – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 […]

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FMSEA Podcast 1: Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit

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Watch the FMSEA Podcast Check out the inaugural podcast of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA), featuring the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit. We talk to Laura Diederick, Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Ft. Pierce, and learn about their exhibits and programs available at their aquarium. Laura is also the FMSEA Community […]

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