Hard to believe we are approaching the close of another year; time just seems to fly by. The FMSEA board is already hard at work trying to plan next year’s conference at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, May 2-5. Hope you are saving the date.
I am also trying to plan some exciting regional outings for next year. If you have any thoughts or suggestions I would be happy to take them into consideration. I would also like to start up monthly regional trips to our various member organizations. If you would like to host one of these trips and show off your facility and programs to other educators just contact me to set up a date. Now on to our regional events.
Whales and Turtles and Birds, Oh My!
There are many exciting events going on at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach this month. They have programs for almost every extant class of tetrapods in December. Contact them at 321-723-3556 for more information or registration.
Blue Cypress Lake Paddle – Saturday, December 15th @ 1 to 4 p.m. Wind your way through stands of cypress on this beautiful lake. Meet at Middleton’s Fish Camp, 21704 73rd Manor, Vero Beach, 32966. Please wear water shoes, sunscreen and bring your water bottle. Choice of single or tandem touring kayaks. Children under 12 must paddle tandem with an adult. Cost of kayak rental is $38 per person. Enrollment is limited to 20 people/10 kayaks. Make your reservation by Thursday, December 13th. No refunds after this date, unless minimum is not met. If the weather does not permit, after meeting to launch, rain date tbd.
Sea Turtle Survival Obstacle Course – Friday, December 21st @ 1 to 4 p.m. Kids can strap on a turtle shell and wind their way through through our sea turtle obstacle course to learn about the hazards sea turtles face during their long migrations and what people can do to help ensure their survival.
“Sea Stars!” Touch Tank – Sunday, December 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m. Come meet our “Sea Stars” and learn about the diversity of life living in the Indian River Lagoon. Touch tank guests will include a Diamondback Terrapin, and an assortment of conchs and crabs.
“Who’s Home for the Holidays?” Hike – Friday, December 28th @ 10 a.m. Watch those extra holiday pounds fly off as the migratory birds fly in to put on a few! Bring your visiting family and friends to enjoy this special 1 mile guided hike around the Barrier Island Sanctuary. Please wear closed toe shoes, sunscreen and bring your water bottle. Enrollment is limited to 20. Call to make your reservation.
“Disneynature Migration” Film – Saturday, December 29th @ 1 & 3 p.m. Sweep across the surface of the planet on the big screen to witness the mysteries of migration! Learn why and how animals, birds and insects leave their homes to make miraculous journeys. Running time of 25 minutes.
It’s Getting Hot In Here
Would you like to increase your climate science knowledge?
Would you like to join a community of educators interested in projects that make a difference in your local area?
Join NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP). They provide formal and informal educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship.
Applications are being accepted until December 17 for the class of 2013. After completing minimum requirements, you will be eligible for:
- Mini-grant funding to develop and implement a climate stewardship action plan
- Travel stipends to attend and present at key professional development conferences.
- Special CSEP contests with monetary and educational resource prizes.
If you decide to join this effort, you will be committing to:
- Complete and reflect on at least 15 hours of professional development (PD) training in climate science and education in 2013.
- Complete and reflect on at least 9 hours of PD training in climate science and educational for each additional year you remain with the Project.
- Participate in monthly CSEP webinars and regional events (teleconferences, online chats, etc.,) during evening hours.
- Develop and Implement a climate stewardship project in your school, community, or organization, focused on mitigating the effects of climate change.
- Use the CSEP Wiki to post your PD reflections, classroom activities in climate change, stewardship project plans, progress updates, as well as share resources, comments and results with other CSEP educators.
- Fully participate in CSEP evaluation efforts
Educators accepted into the program will be notified early January, 2013 and will be required to attend a mandatory introductory Web seminar for new participants – tentatively scheduled for January 14th OR January 28th, 2013 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time.
Click here to apply today.
Money Money Money Money….MONEY!
There are also several scholarship opportunities for students coming up. I wish you luck if you apply for any of the following:
Applications are invited for the 2013 Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship. The award is a one-year scholarship for graduate studies in coastal wetlands and carries a stipend of $5,000 to support field-based research. For the purposes of this scholarship, coastal wetlands are defined as those tidal or non-tidal wetlands found within coastal states, including the Great Lakes. Applicants should be enrolled in a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) at a university within the United States.
See http://ccrm.vims.edu/education/garden_club/index.html for application requirements. Applications due January 15, 2013. Email should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beneath The Sea, a not for profit organization, has been educating young people about the importance of the ocean/marine environment for 36 years. One way that they provide education is by offering several scholarships annually.
This year they are offering a special scholarship to a team. The Deep Ventures scholarship ($2500) is being offered to a team of students who are developing an underwater robotic. This is the first year they are offering a team scholarships. Teachers/students, take note. Send in your application soon. There are only 7 weeks to the January 15, 2013 deadline for the Beneath The Sea Marine Careers scholarship applications.
Go to www.beneaththesea.org for scholarships application requirements and application forms. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Applications and inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
And don’t forget about the Beneath The Sea Marine Careers Program, a one day program offered on March 22, 2013 for high school and college students and their teachers. Check www.beneaththesea.org for more information about this free program.
The Ocean Awareness Essay Contest is a great way to explore a career as a science writer–and possibly win thousands of dollars doing it! The goal of the From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest is to challenge high school students to think critically about real challenges facing the ocean. Winning essays can earn students (and their school) up $2,500 in prize money. Contest information can be found at www.fromthebowseat.org/.
Although this contest may seem to be all about science, Becca Carifio, one of last year’s winners, has useful advice for this year’s contestants that would make an English teacher proud:
- Enter! You can’t win if you don’t try.
- Write about something that you feel passionate about. Even though there are proposed essay questions, students can ask contest organizers for permission to write about another topic.
- Make it personal. Include your own experiences, opinions, or observations.
- Be entertaining. After all, judges will be reading a lot of essays.
- Proofread and edit. You can never edit too many times!