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February 15 - 17, 2019
  • South Slough NERR

Teachers on the Estuary - Climate Workshop with South Slough Reserve


Wade into climate science on the Oregon Coast with South Slough! The Reserve offers hands-on, interactive trainings for classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators who work closely with schools.

This unique winter workshop will meet from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM February 15 & 16th, and 9 AM - 3:00 PM on February 17th, 2019. (Overnight housing is available.)

We will use the phenomenon of ocean acidification to explore causes and effects of changing atmosphere on estuaries and oceans.

Participating educators will receive:

  • $150 stipend
  • NGSS structured activities that demonstrate climate-related phenomena
  • strategies for teaching about climate change
  • lunch & snacks each day
  • field trip and classroom support
  • 20 hours of professional development
  • South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve educators, scientists and partners will use field sites and research in the South Slough and Coos Bay estuaries to provide content for essential science practices and make cross-curricular connections. This workshop will use research from the Reserve to review climate science, and examine an unexpected data story observed by Reserve scientists.

Please contact us with questions! 541-888-5558 x127 or

Deadline to register is January 25, 2018



North Carolina
April 2 - 3, 2019
  • K-12th grade teachers
  • North Carolina

North Carolina TOTE 2019


Open to K-12 Teachers.

Contact Lori Davis


June 5 - 7, 2019
  • 1st - 4th grade teachers
  • Kachemak Bay NERR

Our Abundant Ocean – Alaska’s Marine Food Web


This Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) will introduce teachers to climate science research with a focus on Alaska’s marine food web, including the diversity of marine invertebrates in Kachemak Bay. Teachers will come away with resources and experiences designed to support the incorporation of watershed, estuary and climate change topics into classroom teaching to promote scientific literacy and stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. Target audience 1st - 4th Grade Teachers

June 12 - 15, 2019
  • Sapelo Island

Coastal Ecology Teachers on the Estuary


Open to formal and non-formal educators all grade levels.

Contact Adam Mackinnon
South Carolina
June 18 - 20, 2019
  • 6-12th grade teachers
  • ACE Basin

Teachers on the Estuary: Becoming Estuary Stewards


Join educators and researchers from the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Clemson Extension for this exciting and educational workshop!

Using South Carolina estuaries as our classroom, join us as we:

  • Explore salt marsh dynamics with marine researchers to collect and analyze data
  • Engage your students in Project-based Learning using real world examples
  • Bring home standards‐based, STEM classroom lessons
June 19 - 21, 2019
  • Sapelo Island

Georgia Sea Turtle Conservation TOTE Teacher Workshop


Open to formal and non-formal educators all grade levels.

Contact Adam Mackinnon
June 19 - 21, 2019
  • 4-8th grade teachers
  • Padilla Bay NERR

Teachers On The Estuary: Feet in and Hands on


Using the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequence 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.

Contact Susan Wood
June 24 - 25, 2019
  • 6-12th grade teachers
  • Elkhorn Slough NERR

TOTE - Water Quality in the Elkhorn Slough


A 2 day workshop for middle and high school teachers, focused on building competence and confidence around the topics of water quality parameters, best practices for collecting data, and strategies for engaging students. The workshop will be a combination of fieldwork and class activities. Strategies and activities will introduce Estuaries 101 and Estuarine Education Principals.

Contact Virginia Guhin
June 24 - 26, 2019
  • Old Woman Creek NERR

Wonders of Wetlands TOTE


All Aboard! It’s not too late to sign up for this unique workshop for teachers and educators. The Advanced Wonders of Watersheds takes place Monday, June 24 - Wednesday, June 26, and is an intensive 3-day program at Old Woman Creek National Estuary in Huron, Ohio. This Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop provides investigations of increasingly important water quality and land use issues, one to three graduate credits through Ashland University, and engaging activities led by local resource professionals. Participants will receive curriculum guides, classroom resources, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect research data on Lake Erie with the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station. Rejuvenate your routine, gain new skills, and treat yourself to an academic adventure this summer!

Contact Jennifer Bucheit
June 24 - 27, 2019
  • 6th grade teachers
  • Chesapeake Bay NERR

Teachers on the Estuary: A Field Course on Virginia's Coastal Ecosystems


Held at VIMS’ Eastern Shore Laboratory the course provides 28 hours of instructional time in the classroom, lab and field. VA Science Standards of Learning (SOLs) for 6th Grade, Life Science, Earth Science and Biology are addressed using estuary and coastal science topics, and a model for conducting MWEEs is practiced. During field activities, teachers visit and characterize five habitats types and collect water quality and biodiversity data. In classroom/lab sessions, teachers analyze data and discuss how course content and skills can be adapted to their own classrooms. Participants receive teaching materials, and laboratory and field activities transferable to their own students and regions as well as guidance and field equipment for conducting MWEEs at their own schools.

Contact Sarah Nuss
New Hampshire
June 26 - 27, 2019
  • Great Bay

Climate in the Classroom



Contact Kelle Loughlin


July 15 - 19, 2019
  • Old Woman Creek NERR

Teachers on the Estuary earning a certification in Environmental Education


Join Old Woman Creek as they partner with Ohio’s EE Certification program with EECO. This certification program is based on NAAEE’s national competencies for an Environmental Educator. Old Woman Creek NERR is the perfect location to get Teachers on the Estuary through their innovative TOTE program. You can earn two graduate credits through Kent State University, and this allows formal educators the opportunity to gain professional development in a way that is recognized by the Ohio Department of Education.

We will use Ohio's only National Estuarine Research Reserve as the classroom for the unique collaborative program.

Call Jennifer Bucheit at 419-433-4601 with questions.

Contact Jennifer Bucheit


New Jersey
August 7 - 9, 2019
  • Jacques Cousteau

TOTE: Keeping Up with Climate Change


Identifying the local environmental and community changes associated with climate change and what is being done about it. Plus helpful tips for communicating climate change.

Contact Kaitlin Gannon