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March 13-15, 2018
  • Kachemak Bay NERR

TOTE: The Story Behind the Science


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May 18-20, 2018
  • Delaware NERR

Green Eggs and Sand


Green Eggs & Sand is an innovative workshop experience and set of curriculum modules designed to explore the Atlantic Coast horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon and management controversy. Teachers and educators will get to experience first hand the horseshoe crab phenomena along the Delaware Bay and receive the full curriculum guide to use at their own organization. In addition to the curriculum guide educators will receive horseshoe crab molts, LAL vials, and other additional materials to complete the lessons. As part of the workshop participants will meet and interact with horseshoe crab experts, resource managers, shorebird biologists, and local watermen.

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June 5-9, 2018
  • San Francisco Bay NERR

Project ExCEL


This is a summer STEM institute focused on integrating engineering with science and literacy through the lens of ocean and climate change. The institute is part of an on-going project funded by the California Department of Education for select teachers from San Francisco Unified and Bayshore School Districts, in partnership with SF State University. It is not open for additional enrollment, but we are willing to share activities.

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June 6-7, 2018
  • 6-12th grade teachers
  • Weeks Bay Reserve

Weeks Bay Teachers on the Estuary


Middle and high school science teachers are invited to a Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop: a hands-on, field and research based professional development program. Work with local scientists and experienced coastal educators to explore coastal habitats and emerging concerns in estuarine biology. Join us at Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama.

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June 6-8, 2018
  • Grand Bay NERR

Living on the Edge: Marshes, Monitoring, & Management


FREE workshop! FREE Continuing Education Units!

Join us for our Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop! This year's theme is about all things marshes. Grand Bay NERR educators and scientists will share effective teaching resources for bringing NERR science to your classroom.

The workshop includes light breakfast, snacks, and lunch. There will be two outdoor field trips to marsh research sites.

Space limited to 15 educators! Must contact Avery Sward ( to register.

Contact Avery Sward


June 7-8, 2018
  • Apalachicola NERR

Apalachicola Teachers on the Estuary


Contact Jeff Dutrow


June 12-13, 2018
  • 4-12th grade teachers
  • Rookery Bay NERR

Teachers on the Estuary: Exploring Rookery Bay Reserve


The workshop will focus on Rookery Bay Research Reserve, specifically estuarine research, stewardship, and education.

Agenda: The content of the workshop will be based on NOAA's Estuaries 101 Middle School curriculum and will likely focus on topics such as: sharks, birds, plankton, invasive species, and water quality. We will spend each morning in the field, getting our feet wet exploring the Reserve. Afternoons will be inside, meeting staff and learning about activities you can adapt for your classroom. A detailed agenda will be sent to registrants in June.

Prerequisite: There is some homework that must be completed before coming to the workshop. This online training module will take approximately 8 hours, at your own pace, and be open in late May. Contact Sarah Falkowski for more details: 239-530-5975.

Food: Lunch and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own coffee mug and water bottle.

Accommodations: GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort, located less than 10 minutes away from the Reserve, is offering a discounted room rate of $125/night for a 2-bedroom villa.

Cancellations: This workshop is first-come, first-served, with a waiting list. If you are unable to fulfill your commitment, please notify us as soon as possible so we can open up the space to another teacher.

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June 13-15, 2018
  • Sapelo Island NERR

Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop


The beaches and estuaries of the southeastern coast provide critical habitat for five of the seven species of sea turtles. Though these magnificent creatures have travelled the planet for millions of years, not only witnessing, but adapting to climate change time after time, many of today’s populations are in decline due to current threats and challenges. All are listed as threatened or endangered, including Georgia’s primary nesting turtle the Loggerhead.

Join the Sapelo NERR along with biologists and scientists from Georgia DNR, and Armstrong Atlantic State University to learn about the role of sea turtles in the vast estuarine and ocean habitats. Lectures and activities will include life history, anatomy and morphology, threats and rehabilitation, and current projects relevant to marine turtle and estuarine research; followed by nightly walks to look for nesting mother turtles along Sapelo’s Nannygoat beach.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation Teacher Workshop is in its 15th year, and is open to both formal and non-formal educators of all grade levels. 2 PLU’s are available and participants receive curriculum and resource materials.

On-Island Accommodations: UGAMI (University of Georgia Marine Institute) dorms, 2 beds per room, central A/C, community kitchen, extra fridge space for snacks, beverages, etc.

Physical Activity: nightly beach patrols for nesting turtles, transportation: open, flatbed truck with board seats

Cost: $250 includes on island accommodations at UGAMI, all meals and activities on and off island, and all resources

Please register by May 15, 2018

Agenda Highlights

  • June 13
    8:00am Meet at GADNR, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520 Welcome & orientation, Pre-Test
    Mark Dodd, GADNR Sea Turtle Biologist: Lecture: Management Conservation of Sea Turtles on the Georgia Coast
    2:30 Drive to ferry for 3:30 departure to Sapelo
    Lecture: Sea Turtles and Estuaries: An Introduction to the 6 Estuarine Principles & Concepts Principles 1,3,& 5 will be addressed 9:00 Night patrol for nesting turtles
  • June 14
    Breakfast is self-serve each morning and includes coffee, tea, juice, cereal, bagels, fresh fruit 9:30 Lecture, Dr. Kathryn Craven, AASU: Georgia’s 5 species, Sea Turtle Anatomy and Special Senses, Research on Embryonic development
    Anatomy lab utilizing preserved unhatched eggs and hatchlings from the previous nesting season to observe anatomy and identify various stages of arrested development
    Epibiont Lab- A Closer Look At the Thriving Ecosystem on the back of a Loggerhead. Utilizing an estuarine dock lab to explore sessile organisms typically found on a nesting female’s carapace followed by a low tide seine for loggerhead feeding resources (Principle 3)
    Free Time
    9:39 Night patrol, Nannygoat beach
  • June 15
    9:30 Dr. Brian Shamblin: Genetics Analysis-Mothers, Daughters, and Granddaughters Nesting along the SE Coast!
    Adam MacKinnon: Necropsy of juvenile or adult loggerhead
    Sea Turtles in the Classroom: Estuaries 101 overview and Introduction to System Wide Monitoring Program at Duplin River Station (Principles 2, 4, & 6 will be addressed) Post-test
    4:30 Depart Sapelo
Contact Georgia Graves


North Carolina
June 18-19, 2018
  • North Carolina Research Reserve

North Carolina TOTE



Contact Lori Davis


June 19-21, 2018
  • 6-12th grade teachers
  • Elkhorn Slough Research Reserve

TOTE: Climate Change and Blue Carbon


This 3-day workshop will provide the following:

  • Hands-on field activities supporting the Estuaries 101 curriculum
  • In-depth information about estuaries and other coastal habitats
  • A chance to work with coastal scientists and educators
  • Skill building in data collection and strategies for engaging students in data analysis

Included topics:

  • Plant community diversity using quadrats
  • Water-quality impacts on marsh species
  • Blue carbon storage in a marsh
Register Here


June 19-22, 25, 27-29, 2018
  • Chesapeake Bay NERR - Maryland

Teachers On The Estuary: Researching, Learning & Teaching in Environmental Science


This course takes place at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. The course emphasizes systems thinking in inquiring into environmental science phenomena. Students will learn from and strategize with experts in environmental science to develop tools and methods to investigate a research question of their own choosing. Course sessions will also focus on pedagogy: How can you bring what you’ve learned from an authentic environmental science research experience to your science classroom?

Local Maryland teachers are encouraged to apply for this course as graduate non-degree seeking students. This status allows you to take courses over five years without enrolling in a program. Up to 9 credits can be applied to a graduate degree at the University of Maryland.

June 19-22, 25, 27-29
9:00am - 3:30pm (last day ends at 4:30pm)

Contact Coreen Weilminster


South Carolina
June 26-28, 2018
  • K-12th grade teachers
  • ACE Basin NERR

Teachers on the Estuary: Real Data, Real Applications


Join us this summer to explore coastal habitats and conduct field investigations. Interact with local scientists and experienced coastal educators. Bring local and national data into your classroom. Leave with standards-based curriculum and tools for your classroom. Target Audience: all teachers, all grades, all subjects.

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South Carolina
June 26-28, 2018
  • 3-5th grade teachers
  • Waquoit Bay Research Reserve

2018 Teachers on the Estuary and the Wampanoag Circle of Life


This course will introduce teachers of grades 3-5 to salt marsh and estuary ecology (specifically life cycles and adaptations) through the lens of Cape Cod Wampanoag culture as well as research scientists and experienced coastal educators. The instructors and guest presenters will use hands-on field and classroom activities, grade-appropriate trade book literature, small group work, discussions, and mini presentations by content experts, with plenty of time for questions and answers. The interdisciplinary nature of the course leads us to call it a STREAMSS (Science Technology Reading Engineering Art Math and Social Studies) course appropriate for any teachers of grades 3-5, including classroom teachers, art teachers, music teachers, physical education teachers, special education teachers, and teachers of special populations such as deaf and hard-of-hearing. Preference will be given to grade 3-5 teachers. Others are welcome to apply as long as they can adapt the materials and may be admitted if space permits.

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June 26-29, 2018
  • Sapelo Island NERR

Coastal Ecology Teacher Workshop


Estuaries are interconnected with the world ocean and with major systems and cycles on Earth. Estuaries are dynamic ecosystems with tremendous variability within and between them in physical, chemical, and biological components. Estuaries support an abundance of life, and a diversity of habitat types. Ongoing research and monitoring is needed to increase our understanding of estuaries and to improve our ability to protect and sustain them. Humans, even those living far from the coast, rely on goods and services supplied by estuaries. Human activities can impact estuaries by degrading water quality or altering habitats; therefore, we are responsible for making decisions to protect and maintain the health of estuaries.

These are the 6 Estuarine Principles and Concepts developed by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System to aid teachers in educating their students about the importance of estuaries and what people can do to protect them.

Participants in the Coastal Ecology Teacher Workshop get an in-depth look at Georgia’s coastal systems and discover the abundance and variety of wildlife found along our shores and in our estuary. Emphasis is placed on estuarine and marine ecology, on-going research projects at the reserve, coastal species identification and adaptations, and activity sessions. This workshop is open to both formal and non-formal educators of all grade levels.

Participants receive curriculum and resource materials. 2 PLU’s are available.

On-Island Accommodations: dorm style, 2 beds per room with central A/C and bathroom, community kitchens, extra fridge space for snacks, beverages, etc.

Physical Activity: includes beach and marsh activities and (optional) evening turtle walks; participants should be tolerant of heat and sun.

Transportation on the island is by flatbed truck with board seats. It may be bumpy, but a great way to see Sapelo!

Cost: $265

Contact Georgia Graves


July 9-11, 2018
  • Padilla Bay

Teachers on the Estuary: Feet-in, Hands-on


Using the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences as a framework, this workshop will add an estuary twist with field investigations in mudflat and eelgrass meadow, explorations of local online data, activities from NOAA’s Estuaries 101 online curriculum, and in-depth study of NGSS Practices of Science.

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Rhode Island
July 9-12, 2018
  • Narragansett Bay NERR

Teachers on the Estuary: Exploring the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve


Immerse yourself in the beautiful setting of the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve to learn and witness first-hand the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels on salt marshes. Hear about current research and monitoring projects directly from our scientists and return to your classroom with local data to share this story with your students. This workshop is designed for middle and high school science teachers.

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July 18-20, 2018
  • South Slough Research Reserve

Finding Fish! Teachers on the Estuary


South Slough Reserve is offering a summer professional development opportunity for teachers to learn ways they can employ reserve research projects, like the fish assemblage survey and water quality monitoring, to engage their students in science and environmental issues.

This 3-day training will enhance educators' abilities to:

  • engage students in real, data-driven science
  • use estuary systems as a place-based example of global issues and solutions
  • apply three-dimensional teaching techniques in the field and classroom

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve educators and scientists will use field sites and research in the South Slough and Coos Bay estuaries to provide connections to essential science practices taught at all grade levels. This workshop will highlight the reserve's fish seining (netting) project, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), and the application of NOAA education tools in the field and classroom.

A detailed agenda will be available in May. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions!
(541) 888-5558, ext. 127, or

Deadline to register is June 30, 2018!

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South Carolina
July 23-24, 2018
  • North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR

STEAM Advanced Training 'Art on the Estuary'


Advanced PTD training targeting past participants of SC TOTE trainings and featuring STEM principles with writing and art skills, professional sharing, and classroom implementation strategies. Target Audience: Alumni of previous STEAM workshops held at ACE Basin and North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERRS, which included Informal, Elementary, Middle & High science, art, math, and language teachers.

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July 24-26, 2018
  • Mission-Aransas NERR

Teachers On The Estuary at Mission-Aransas Reserve


The Mission- Aransas Reserve, in partnership with the Nueces Delta Preserve and Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve, will be hosting a summer Teachers On The Estuary (TOTE) Workshop. The workshop will be held at three unique locations in South Texas: The University of Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve in Corpus Christi and the Nueces Delta Preserve in Odem. This FREE two and a half day workshop, scheduled July 24-26, 2018, is designed to help middle and high school teachers bring estuarine and environmental science into their classroom, laboratory and field programs. Workshop activities will focus on resilient coastal environments and organisms and human-estuary connections, and will be aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. This workshop and is associated resources are provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).

TOTE Workshop participants will receive:

  • A free, two and a half day workshop on July 24, 25 and 26 (half day)
  • Hands-on instruction featuring locally relevant research and interaction with scientists who conduct it
  • A $175 personal stipend
  • Supplies for the classroom, field or laboratory activities
  • Visitation to three unique estuarine sites
  • Access to free and downloadable digital lesson plans, data sets and estuarine resources
Contact Kristin Evans


July 30-August 3, 2018
  • 6-12th grade teachers
  • Chesapeake Bay Research Reserve–Maryland

Teachers on the Estuary: A Field-Based Scientific Inquiry


This middle and high school level course is recommended for teachers already familiar with the basics of estuarine ecology. Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is designed to support teachers' understanding of the environment using technology and scientific instrumentation to enhance local, participant-driven field experiences and authentic research. During this dynamic five-day residential program, participants will explore Dorchester County's coastal habitats by conducting field investigations and interacting with local scientists, community members, and coastal educators, as well as practice integrating local and national monitoring data into the classroom through cross-disciplinary, hands-on field activities highlighting Chesapeake Exploration and Estuaries 101 curriculum. Graduate credit or 3 Maryland continuing professional development credits are available.

This workshop is offered in partnership with NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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July 31-August 3, 2018
  • 6-12th grade teachers
  • Lake Superior Research Reserve

Rivers2Lake Summer Institute 2018


A four-day workshop exploring the St. Louis River and Lake Superior incorporates real science with skills in outdoor and inquiry-based learning. Participants work with reserve staff members, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Great Lakes Aquarium, and National Parks Service to develop a broad connection to and understanding of the watershed and estuaries. This workshop includes year-round collaboration and is geared towards teachers who work in the Lake Superior Watershed within two hours of the reserve in Superior, Wisconsin, or our partner, the Superior Rivers Watershed Associaton in Ashland, Wisconsin.

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August 7-9, 2018
  • Chesapeake Bay NERR-VA

Teachers of the Estuary


Contact Sarah Nuss


New Jersey
August 8-10, 2018
  • Jacques Cousteau NERR

TOTE: Discovering the Jacques Cousteau Reserve


Contact Kaitlin Gannon


New York
August 14-16, 2018
  • Hudson River NERR

The 2018 Living Environment Institute - Marvelous Migrations!


Join us for this summer’s Living Environment Institute (LEI), as we explore Marvelous Migrations on land, water, and air. Migrations are a relevant topic to educators everywhere. It is an exciting topic to learn about for students and teachers alike. For three days, LEI participants will explore a wide variety of migrants, including where they live and where they go. We’ll even become field scientists as we spend a day participating in ongoing projects at the Norrie Point Environmental Center, Headquarters of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

LEI participants will bring home an understanding of the marvels of migration. Participants will gain valuable ideas, standards-based curriculum and activities, and connect with a network of peers. We’ll do this with the guidance of professionals like Drew Hopkins, Rebecca Hauser, and Chris Bowser, recipient of the EPA’s Environmental Quality Award, among others, as they share expert techniques for engaging students across disciplines and grade levels.

This program fulfills the requirements of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) program. Additionally, all participants will receive the 300+ page Flying WILD Curriculum and Activity Guide with training on its use.

Space is limited. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact Drew Hopkins


New Jersey
August 15-16, 2018
  • Waquoit Bay Research Reserve

2018 TOTE Workshop for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing


Teachers on the Estuary workshop for teachers of the deaf and hard-of-hearing from five schools in New England funded by a grant from the NERRS Science Collaborative.

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September 8 - November 11, 2018
  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM)

Flagler College Fall 2017 TOTE


Contact Kenneth Rainer