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January

2020-01-17
Georgia
January 17 - 19, 2020
  • Sapelo Island NERR

Georgia Shorebirds Conservation Workshop

Description

Educators will explore the integral role the estuarine habitat plays the migratory pathway of shorebirds, as well as the many conservation and management efforts in place to ensure their continued survival. Venture to pristine beach and marsh habitat to observe feeding behaviors, and probe sediments to identify food resources. Resources and curriculum provided.

Contact Georgia Graves georgiabeachwalk@gmail.com
2020-01-24
Hawaii
January 24 - 25, 2020
  • He'eia NERR

Kick-Off Workshop for Ko'olaupoko Educators

Description

Purpose of this program is to Build a Learning Community in the Heʻeia Ahupuaʻa. Public elementary school teachers in Ko'olaupoko area and non-profit educators from organizations in He'eia are the target audience.

Contact Frederick Reppun freppun@hawaii.edu

February

2021-02-11
Washington
February 11, 18, and 25, 2021
  • Padilla Bay NERR

Carbonated Water: Teaching Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, Winter 2021

Description

A Professional Development Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers
Thursdays, February 11, 18, and 25, 4:00 - 6:00pm. This is a 3-session, interactive, online class using Zoom.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain knowledge of climate change and ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest
  • Explore sources of local environmental data and work towards incorporating data into inquiry-based science learning experiences
  • Receive materials and activities included in the Ocean Sciences Sequence (OSS) curriculum on climate change developed by UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science

What you will receive:
7 STEM Clock Hours (free)
Ocean Sciences Sequence curriculum ($200 value)
Questions? Email: Susan Wood, swood@padillabay.gov Register

March

2020-03-5
Washington
March 5 - 6, 2020
  • Padilla Bay

Carbonated Water: Teaching About Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, Spring 2020

Description

Engage in hands-on (feet-in), field-based learning.

Explore climate change and ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn climate science in three-dimensions: Cross Cutting Concepts, Core Disciplinary Ideas, and Science and Engineering Practices and identify these in classroom activities/lessons.

Explore online data to develop an activity or investigation using local environmental data.

Develop a plan for implementing one aspect of climate science into your class using NGSS standards.

Participants receive:
Ocean Sciences Sequence curriculum - $200 value
Free WA State clock hour credit
$100 stipend
Lunch and refreshments
Inexpensive overnight accommodations available in Padilla Bay’s guesthouse

Contact Susan Wood swood@padillabay.gov

April

2020-04-20
North Carolina
April 20 - 21, 2020
  • North Carolina

North Carolina Teachers On The Estuary

Description

This offering has been canceled. Please contact the education coordinator about rescheduling.

Contact Lori Davis lori.c.davis@ncdenr.gov

May

2021-05-02
Delaware
May 5 - June 2, 2021
  • Delaware NERR

Delaware Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)

Description

Join the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve education staff for Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)! Through this free 5-night virtual teacher professional development, teachers will engage with estuary science, tools for engaging students virtually, and gain access to content and curriculum developed by DNREC, NERRS, and NOAA staff. This TOTE workshop is geared towards middle and high school teachers and focuses on data analysis, observation skills, and critical thinking.

Register
2021-05-15
California
May 15 - 16, 2021
  • Elkhorn Slough NERR

TOTE - Blue Carbon and Climate Change

Description

Email Virginia Guhin for more details and to register for this workshop.

Contact Virginia Guhin Virginia.Guhin@wildlife.ca.gov

June

2021-06-16
Oregon
June 16 - 18, 2021
  • South Slough NERR

Climate Science TOTE

Description

In-person or hybrid workshop exploring regional climate issues through data and observation.

Contact Jaime Belanger jaime.c.belanger@state.or.us
2021-06-17
North Carolina
June 17 - 18, 2021
  • North Carolina NERR

North Carolina Teachers On The Estuary (TOTE)

Description

Email Lori Davis for more details and to register for this workshop.

Contact Lori Davis lori.c.davis@ncdenr.gov
2021-06-22
Virginia
June 22 - 23, 2021
  • K-12th grade teachers
  • Chesapeake Bay - Virginia NERR

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) Virtual Workshop

Description

Looking for ways to bring estuaries into your classroom? Join CBNERR-VA education staff for two days of wetland exploration from the comfort of your home! This year's workshop will include synchronous virtual sessions with asynchronous activities for teacher participants. (K-12 Teachers)

Contact Sarah Nuss mcguire@vims.edu
2021-06-24
Ohio
June 24 - 29, 2021
  • K-12th grade teachers
  • Old Woman Creek NERR

Advance Wonders of Wetlands TOTE

Description

Teachers who have taken the Wonders of Wetlands training can advance their knowledge with on the ground science and research skill building. Visit the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve for a field day to see how natural resource managers use research to inform their management techniques. Teachers will also get an in depth look at water quality issues in the western basin of Lake Erie and how natural resource managers and farmers are working together to keep Lake Erie clean. (K-12 teachers and non-formal educators)

Contact Jennifer Bucheit Jennifer.bucheit@dnr.state.oh.us

July

2021-07-20
South Carolina
July 20 - 22, 2021
  • ACE Basin NERR

Explore an Estuary NERR You!

Description

Join us as we venture to multiple National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) in South Carolina!

We will explore the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Charleston Harbor, and the ACE Basin NERR. Teachers will investigate similarities and differences in South Carolina's estuaries, as well as gaining educational resources and lessons to inspire their students to be estuary stewards. Target Audience: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, homeschool educators, and non-formal educators of all subjects!

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2021-07-26
Maryland
July 26 - 30, 2021
  • Chesapeake Bay - Maryland NERR

TOTE: Resilient Communities and Coasts

Description

How can we make the curriculum come alive with real-time data, while exploring how human and environmental health are tied to resilience? Learn to integrate local and national environmental data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities from NOAA’s Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 curricula. During this dynamic five-day residential program, you will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats and iconic communities by conducting field investigations with local scientists, community leaders, educators from the National Oceanic Atm and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This course is designed to model a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience through participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. Participants are asked to complete the MWEE101 online course prior to the start of the in-person course. This will allow us to better utilize our time together. Taking this online course will also allow you to get 1 additional CPD credit in MD and hours in PA and VA.

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August

2021-08-04
New Jersey
August 4 - 6, 2020
  • Jacques Cousteau NERR

Virtual TOTE- Bringing Estuarine Science to the Classroom

Description

August 4-6 TOTE will be for science teachers - local research and climate change impacts. 1/2 days in AM only. Target Audience: Science Educators

Contact Kaitlin Gannon gannon@marine.rutgers.edu
2021-08-18
New Jersey
August 18 - 20, 2021
  • Jacques Cousteau NERR

Virtual TOTE- Cross Curricular Climate Science

Description

TOTE Aug 18-20 will be for non-science teachers discussing similar topics above but more introductory. 1/2 days in AM only. Some background info - NJ Climate change education will be incorporated across seven content areas—21st Century Life and Careers, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages. Target Audience: non-science formal teachers, content areas: 21st Century Life and Careers, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages. Mathematics and English Language Arts as well.

Contact Kaitlin Gannon gannon@marine.rutgers.edu
2020-08-12
New Jersey
August 12 - 14, 2020
  • Jacques Cousteau NERR

TOTE- Estuary Data in the Classroom

Description

WE'VE GONE VIRTUAL!

This multi-day research and field-based training program improves teachers' understanding of the environment using local research. The program also promotes the stewardship of watersheds and estuaries, highlighting resources and materials from the Estuary Education website.

Contact Kaitlin Gannon gannon@marine.rutgers.edu
2020-08-12
Maine
August 12 - 14, 2020
  • Wells NERR

Eyes on the Estuary: Observation and Monitoring on Land and Watersheds

 

Due to the current situation, this workshop will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined. Please check back for updates.

2020-08-29
Alabama
August 29-30, 2020
  • Weeks Bay NERR

Down By the Bay

 

Due to the current situation, this workshop will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined. Please check back for updates.

September

2020-09-12
Alabama
September 12-13, 2020
  • Weeks Bay NERR

Down By the Bay II

 

Due to the current situation, this workshop will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined. Please check back for updates.

October

2020-10-15
Texas
October 15 - November 5, 2020
  • Mission Aransas NERR

Teachers On The Estuary Virtual Workshop: Field journals as tools for scientific investigations

Description

TOTE workshops are designed to help middle and high school teachers and educators bring estuarine and environmental STEM concepts and practices into their classroom, laboratory, and field programs.

This year, TOTE goes virtual giving teachers the opportunity to conduct field investigations, interact with local scientists, and integrate environmental monitoring data into the classroom all while practicing safe physical distancing! Participating teachers will engage in a variety of activities that model and support student-centered learning and virtual connections through the use of field/nature journals. Activities will demonstrate the benefits of using journals to support scientific process skills and content understanding, as well as model strategies for in-person and virtual implementation.

Weekly sessions (4) on Thursdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm CST, October 15 - November 5, 2020 (Zoom)

  • Minimum of 15 total instructional hours; facilitated and self directed
  • Field/nature journal activities linked to local research and monitoring projects
  • Live interactions with regional scientists and content experts
  • Workshop supply kit: sketch book, curricular guide to field journaling, watercolor pencils, pens, digital resources, tote bag, tasty snacks ($200 value)
  • Access to free, downloadable estuary education resources digital lesson plans, data sets, and estuarine resources
  • Opportunity to join a field day at Mission-Aransas NERR in 2021 (date TBD)
Register

October

2020-10-23
South Carolina
October 23 - 25, 2020
  • ACE Basin NERR and North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR

Watersheds to Wetlands: Teachers on the Estuary

Description

This workshop will feature watershed and estuary concepts, Estuaries Education lessons and resources, and free, online water quality data. Come spend three days in the ACE Basin National Estuarine Reserve with educators from ACE Basin NERR, North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, and SC Sea Grant Consortium to learn how all of our actions affect the estuary.

Register

December

2020-12-1
Maine
December 1, 3, 8 & 10, 2020
  • Wells NERR

Water Quality and Sea Level Rise Teacher Workshop

Description

Please complete the workshop registration form by Sunday, November 29. Contact Suzanne at suzanne@wellsnerr.org or (207) 646-1555 x116 with questions.

Join the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve for four afternoons of virtual learning on Zoom geared towards upper middle and high school teachers on the topics of sea level rise and water quality. Participating educators will gain valuable resources to implement in both the virtual and in-person classroom with students. Teachers who participate in all four virtual trainings will receive a stipend of $100. There is no cost to attend. Workshop is limited to twelve educators. The agenda is as follows:

Tuesday, December 1
3:30-5pm
Water Quality Investigations with Jeremy Miller, Research Associate at Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
*There will also be approximately one hour’s worth of homework to complete before December 8

Thursday, December 3
3:30-5pm
Sea Level Rise Investigations with Gayle Bowness, Science Education Program Manager at Gulf of Maine Research Institute
*There will also be approximately one hour’s worth of homework to complete before December 10

Tuesday, December 8
3:30-5pm
Water Quality Investigations Question/Answer Session & Discussion with Jeremy Miller

Thursday, December 10
3:30-5pm Sea Level Rise Investigations Question/Answer Session & Discussion with Gayle Bowness

Register