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

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 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 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.



The is a lot going in this update so please take your time to read to the end. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the plethora of information. First we’ll start with some conference news. Registration should be up shortly but there are many other things going on right now with the conference you should know about.

Calling All Presenters

We are working hard on getting ready to host the National Marine Educators Association conference in Orlando, June 25 through July 1, 2016!  Do you want to be a part of the fun? It is time to put those awesome ideas “on paper” and submit your session proposals for the NMEA 2016 – Making Waves: Connections in Marine Science Education conference! Session proposals will be accepted through February 29, 2016 at

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

While I did get the honor to be invited to an education event this last year at the White House, you can also get a large honor by helping in the political process of the FMSEA Board of Directors. We will have several positions open on the FMSEA board for 2016. Please read below about the open positions and what duties they entail.

Treasurer: The treasurer maintains the banking accounts, FMSEA Legacy Trust fund account and RegOnline registration system, and the 1 Source Conference Phone account. The treasurer is the contact person for all of these systems.  In addition, the Treasurer tracks and makes payments for any bills or reimbursements related to the organization. The treasurer also attends the Board meetings and conference calls.

Secretary: The Secretary must attend all Board Meetings and recording, preparing and distributing the meeting minutes. The secretary is also responsible for maintaining a record of Board policies.

President Elect: The President-Elect serves for one-year as the de-facto vice president, filling in when the FMSEA President is unavailable, before assuming the office in the following year. The President-Elect also collects the nominations for the next round of elections and awards. Other responsibilities including blogging periodically to “The Crow’s Nest”, being in charge of teacher scholarships, awards, and elections.  The President-Elect also serves as a mentor to the Regional Directors.

If you are interested in any of the positions above please send a short biography, a professional headshot, and a statement saying why you are interested in joining the board to your regional director by March 1, 2016.

And the Nominees Are…

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 National Marine Educators Association Conference in Orlando June 25- July 1. Nominate someone today!

All Award Nominations must be received by no later than March 25, 2016.


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 numerous 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):


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:


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.

Submit your application to president-elect @

Also, award nominations for this year’s NMEA Annual Conference are due no later than February 15th.

Please visit the link below for specifics on the application process.

Calling All Beachcombers

The Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach is hosting a Sea Glass Symposium on February 20th from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Richard LaMotte, bestselling author of Pure Sea Glass. To see what other great events are going on at the BIC, check out their February Events Calendar.

Humanity for Habitat

Riverwalk Park in Rockledge and the Brevard County Extension Service will be offering the Florida Master Naturalist Program: Habitat Evaluation Course March 18, 19, 25, and 26. Training for the Habitat Evaluation Module includes 24 contact hours of classroom instruction, field trips, and practical interpretive experience. This course is designed to provide training in principles and commonly used techniques for evaluating wildlife habitat. People that complete this course will better understand the reasons for evaluating wildlife habitat at different scales and the methodologies used to do so. This course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience and will better equip students to participate in data collection for habitat evaluation projects. This course will cover large-scale habitat evaluation, local-scale habitat evaluation, and water quality monitoring. View the full syllabus and register today here.

Have an earnest desire to save the world?

Rivewalk Park also has a position open for an environmental educator (Job Title: Recreation Aide) to assist with their education programs, help maintain a 6.37 acre nature preserve, and maintain an interactive nature center with aquaria. The position is part time/25 hours weekly. You can view the job description at  at the Brevard County Job Listings Site under Job Number: 201605951.

Can Trees Walk?

Join Brevard Zoo and partners for two unique, exciting opportunities to give back to the Indian River Lagoon! Learn about the importance of mangroves and the Indian River Lagoon, as well as what you can do to help this amazing ecosystem. At the end of the workshop you’ll have the opportunity to take home a mangrove seedling to “foster” (with plant care tips!). Once returned, the plant will be used in shoreline restoration along the Indian River Lagoon providing habitat for native wildlife, improving Lagoon water quality, and protecting our shorelines from erosion.

  1. Brevard Zoo, in partnership with Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Indian River Lagoon Shoreline Restoration Project, will host Adopt-A-Mangrove workshops where guests will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Brevard Zoo’s Indian River Lagoon exhibit. Reservations can be made using the following links:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

Thursday, May 26, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (@ Brevard Zoo, 6:00 -7:00 PM)

  1. Join Brevard Zoo and Marine Discovery Center for an Adopt-A-Mangrove workshop and take part in a fun morning collecting and potting your OWN mangrove from Marine Discovery Center’s marsh in New Smyrna Beach! Please bring the following to the workshop at Marine Discovery Center to take part in the fun!

– water shoes

– sunscreen

– shorts or pants that can roll up or get wet

 Reservations can be made using the following link:

Saturday, March 12, 2016 (@ Marine Discovery Center, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM)

Donate Blood Today

Don’t worry it’s not your own that is needed. Brevard Zoo is also working on a terrapin genetics project and is looking for captive terrapins from Florida to collect samples. If you have any at your facility or know of any locally please contact Amy Reaume.

Won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise?

NOAA’s Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries with Point Blue Conservation Science are recruiting for one teacher to join the science team and learn about the offshore ecology in Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries. The teacher will assist in daily operations onboard the R/V Shimada and stay with the team on the research vessel. Travel and food stipend is included in this opportunity.

When: Research Cruise is May 13-22nd, 2016

Where: Science team will mobilize and meet at the ship in San Francisco, CA

What: Selected teacher will work closely with science team during at sea monitoring program called Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies Program ( ACCESS )

Selected teacher is expected to communicate via Teacher at Sea blog during cruise, work closely with science team throughout the mission and produce 2 activities to be delivered in classroom.  Applications due March 11th, 2016 (selected applicant will be notified by March 25th). To get application materials visit:

Get Wet With a Cousteau

Join Philippe Cousteau, EarthEcho International, and Elgin Senior High School as we present a day of ocean-focused webinars as part of the National Biodiversity Teach In on February 12th. Each free webinar will bring an expert scientist into your classroom for an engaging and interactive 45-minute presentation.

The schedule of presenters is below and all times are in Central Standard Time.

Access presentation information, register for webinars, and explore educational resources at

Registration is required for each webinar, but there is no limit to the number of webinars for which you my register. Browse the complete list of speakers below.

Or Adventure With Nat Geo

Join Yo’ Oceans & Elgin Senior High School as we present a day of ocean action and mammal-focused webinars as part of the National Biodiversity Teach In on February 11th. Each free webinar will bring an expert scientist, filmmaker, activist or hero into your classroom for an engaging and interactive 45-minute presentation.

Here is the lineup and registration links- all times are Central Standard Time.


10-11 am Sue Fisher is passionate about banning commercial whaling and dedicates much of her time to whale conservation. Sue will talk about the evolution and culture of commercial whaling and explain why we still need an international ban. She will discuss the political intrigue and the relationship the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has with countries who still participate in whaling for research purposes or subsistence whaling by indigenous countries.

Presentation Title: Are the whales saved? Whale hunting and the International Whaling Commission~ 7th-12+ Grade

Registration link _____________________________________________________________________________________

11-12am Rick Wood is a masterful, engaging, storyteller and conservationist, will speak about the fascinating story of the how the otters of Elkhorn Slough could be the key to restoring healthy sea lion populations at Moss Landing California.

Presentation Title: Deconstructing Eden – Otters, Heroes of the Ecosystem   6-

12+ Grade

Registration Link


12-1pm Naomi Rose is the marine mammal scientist for the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC. She works on several campaigns and coalitions addressing problems associated with cetacean live capture, trade, and captivity, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Presentation Title: Captive Whales: Beneath the Surface    5th -12+ Grade

Registration Link _____________________________________________________________________________________

1-2pm Dr Giles and Elizabeth Seely

Presentation Title: Orca Poop Project- Deborah and Elizabeth will talk about the exciting and fascinating conservation work they are doing with dogs rescued from high kill shelters. Specially trained “poop sniffing dogs” help Deborah and Elizabeth collect data on endangered orca populations. Suggested

Grades: 6-12+ Grade

Registration Link ___________________________________________________________________________________

2-3pm Michael Harris It usually doesn’t work. When humans interfere with nature, the results are usually not good for nature. So when several people from a diverse range of groups came together in 2002 to save a young wayward orca in Puget Sound, a tide of skepticism rolled in. The plan was to capture the young female orca and take her to rejoin her pod some 250 miles away.

Presentation Title: Springer: The Real Life Story of the Rescue, Rehab and Release of a baby orca Suggested grades: 4th- 12th+

Registration Link _____________________________________________________________________________________

3-4pm Carter and Olivia Ries always wanted to create an organization that would educate their peers on various issues which is why they started One More Generation (OMG) back in 2009.  As they learned about animals around the world that need help, they would go to their friends and they quickly realized that most of them were also unaware of the issues.  As they started looking at ways they could make a positive impact, it became apparent that education was the missing link.  They found that when they educated others on various issues, they would always find people interested in helping.  The only thing holding them back up until that point was a lack of education about that particular subject.

Presentation Title: Youth Empowerment Suggested Grades: 3rd-8th grade plus!

Registration Link _____________________________________________________________________________________

4-5pm Jacque White Why are salmon dying in the Salish Sea? Tune in to hear Executive Director of Long Live the Kings, Jacques White talk about how 40 organizations are working internationally to solve the biggest mystery impacting salmon recovery and sustainable fisheries.

Presentation Title: “The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: Why are salmon and steelhead dying in the shared marine waters of British Columbia and Washington State and why does it matter? Suggested Grades:  9-12+ Grade

Registration Link

“This project is funded, in whole or in part, by a grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation.”



I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start. Mine seems busier than ever. I have some great announcements for you starting with the 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 don’t forget as a member you are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend professional development opportunities including our conference. You must apply 60 days before the PD so you’ll need to submit the application by February 28. Go to for more information and the application.

Save the Date for Fun in the Field

Mark your calendars for our next regional outing. We will be hosting an outing for our region on Sunday, March 15, 10a-2p, at the Marine Discovery Center. The day will be filled with field activities in the marsh and in and on the water. Lunch will be provided by FMSEA. I’m working with MDC currently to finalize our activities and will have further details for you later. Just don’t forget to save the date now, as you’ll enjoy seeing all they have to offer at the Marine Discovery Center.

The Next James Cameron

The Youth Making Ripples Film Festival is this Saturday, Jan. 24 at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne… tell your friends!  More info can be found at  The format for the night will include:

5-6 pm light refreshments, interactive demos/kiosks and research posters

6-7 pm 1 hour of exciting marine science films from around the world

7-8 pm Q & A session with local scientists

The entire event is FREE so bring a friend! You can RSVP by emailing

Learn To Live Sustainably

Learn how to reduce your footprint, increase your handprint, and make connections for a better Brevard County!

The mission of the Sustainable Floridians Program is to guide Floridians on how to take individual responsibility for protecting Earth’s limited resources. Through a discussion-to-action format, the program educates participants about making wise use of resources, making households and communities more resilient and financially sound, and understanding the impact of individual lifestyle choices.

The course will meet at the Brevard County Extension offices in Cocoa, on two weekends in April: April 10 at 5 pm to 9 pm, April 11 at 9 am to 3 pm & April 17 at 5 pm to 9 pm, April 18 at 9 am to 3 pm. Cost is $30. Register at

 Sea Turtles Dig the Dunes

It’s’ time once again to join together and take action to help protect our dunes and restore important sea turtle nesting habitat. Please see the Sea Turtles Dig the Dune Flyer for more details on the upcoming annual sea oat stewardship workshop in Melbourne Beach on February 7. There will be planting opportunities followed by a presentation form Larry Wood on the hawksbill sea turtle. Please call Donna Lee Crawford at 321-723-3556 to make your reservation as soon as possible as space is limited.

On the Half Shell

So what is going on in the world of oysters? I’m sure you ask yourself that on a regular basis. Well now you can find out. Check out the Brevard Zoo’s latest Oyster Restoration Newsletter to learn all things oyster. Don’t delay in reading it as they have some volunteer opportunities coming up as soon as Sunday. And for those a little further North don’t worry, they do monitoring and other restoration in Volusia County as well. Contact them to find out how to get involved.

The Keys Are Lovely This Time of Year

Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (NHMI) at Seacamp on Big Pine Key, FL will host their annual Marine Education Workshop on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2015. In addition to the traditional professional development experiences scheduled at NHMI, a FMSEA/FWC Aquatic Species Collection Workshop and an Everglades Literacy  Workshop will also be offered during the weekend. Contact Judy Gregoire with any questions or to request a registration form for the weekend at or 305-951-7429.

Its for the Birds

The Great Backyard Bird Count is delighted to be able to offer a free webinar to help teachers, homeschoolers, informal educators, nature centers, and others engage students and teach science using birds and the GBBC. The K-12 Education team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will deliver this live webinar which is being offered at these dates and times:

— January 27: noon and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
— February 4: 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

You’ll learn about citizen science, about the GBBC, how to participate, and how to use the count in your lessons. The session will include bird ID tips, education resources, interactive activities, and an opportunity to ask questions. Register today.

Arts and Outside

The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation in collaboration with Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort proudly invite you to Nature Explore workshops devoted to reconnecting children with nature.

  • What:  Using Your Outdoor Classroom and Arts & Nature workshops
  • When:  Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 9 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where:  Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort – Activities Center | Kissimmee, FL
  • How to Register:  Sign up by February 6, 2015 to reserve your spot!

Job Opportunity

Are you ready to translate your hard work into a huge impact? Nature’s Academy is a nonprofit educational organization that seeks to enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship. The Program Director is responsible for leading the education team in developing and implementing a dynamic set of programs. They seek a candidate ready to join the organization, lead staff and inspire excellence for an exciting future of positive change.  Please see the NA Program Director Description for full details. Closes on Feb 9.

Educational Diving Scholarship

If you are a teacher or educator, you may be eligible for CEDAM’s Lloyd Bridges Scholarship. This year’s recipient will join REEF’s Field Survey Trip to Grand Turk, July 11 – 18, 2015.  For more information on this trip, see the description for Grand Turk on REEF’s website

The scholarship, awarded annually, enables a qualified educator to participate in a CEDAM-sponsored or -sanctioned expedition. CEDAM will cover the full cost of the  field trip and reimburse up to $800 for  air transportation. REEF Field Surveys are led by REEF staff or expert volunteers; participants have the opportunity to collect data, participate in daily talks, and interact with REEF members, staff, and local partner organizations. This is a hands-on experience during which participants have the opportunity for experiential learning in and out of the water.

The goal of the scholarship program is two-fold: One, to have educators experience the wonders of the underwater world and then be able to share these wonders with his or her students or constituents. Two, to have these inspired individuals go out and do what they can to help protect one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. To be eligible, applicants must be a certified scuba diver, a teacher (elementary or secondary level), or actively engaged in an education program at an institution or environmental organization, such as an aquarium, science center, or relevant non-profit organization. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. CEDAM International will cover the recipient’s REEF Field Survey expenses (excluding incidentals and personal expenses), and up to $800 for air transportation costs.

All applicants must complete an application form and return it along with the required essay, a resume, and one letter of recommendation, to CEDAM by April 15, 2015.  All of the necessary application components should be sent electronically to both and  Additional information and the scholarship application can be found at

Estuarine Water Quality in the Classroom

Join a webinar introducing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Data in the Classroom curriculum module, “Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality.” Experts on monitoring water quality at NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves will teach you the following skills: accessing data to monitor extreme events; generating graphs to use in your classroom; helping your students develop their own questions about life in an estuary; and exploring data sets driven by the questions of actual students. Education coordinators from the research reserves will introduce the lesson plans and demonstrate how the module’s unique scaffolding  can help students develop skills to access and use online data.

The NOAA Data in the Classroom curriculum helps teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale. Each module features easy-to-use curriculum materials and specially designed websites that enable students to access and use real data.

Webinar 1: Thursday, January 29th – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (lasts 90 minutes)

The webinar will help middle school teachers increase their ability to use the waterquality module in the following ways:

  • Understand which types of data are provided by the research reserves’ System-Wide Monitoring Program and how data are collected
  • Access and plot     water quality data from 28 research reserves across the country to study factors that influence life in an estuary
  • Extend student investigations to explore extreme events, using parameters outside those addressed in this module
  • Lead students in looking for patterns and changes in water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity when exploring an estuary
  • Guide authentic student-driven investigations
  • Access tools and curricula to support next-generation science standards as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming

Participants should meet the following course expectations:

  1. Have a basic understanding of water quality parameters within an estuary system and the significance of parameters
  2. Review the teacher’s guide outlining the five activities that make-up this water quality module and associated resources on the website
  3. Complete a quick assignment ahead of the webinar (email to follow)
  4. Participate in evaluation of the webinar
  5. Submit a reflection statement addressing questions (required just for those interested in receiving a Data in the Classroom digital badge)

Education coordinators are available for support during the school year and provide opportunities for field-based professional development at reserves around the country. Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now:


February 2014 Update

by Brandon 2014/02/14 East Central

Welcome to another update of all things FMSEA. There are some great classes and job opportunities in this update. A quick reminder that if you plan on attending the FMSEA Annual Conference in April and want to apply for a scholarship from FMSEA you will need to do so before the end of the month. Also, […]

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