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January

2024-01-12
Georgia
January 12 - 14, 2024
  • All grade level educators
  • Sapelo Island NERR
    Darien, Georgia

Georgia Shorebirds Conservation TOTE Workshop

Description

In October, 2017, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) Hemispheric Council voted unanimously to approve the designation of the Georgia Barrier Islands as a Landscape of Hemispheric Importance! Shorebirds…. yet another chapter in the story of our ever changing planet. As temperatures rise, shorelines change, and habitats are lost in one location and gained in another, these winged globetrotters respond remarkably and adapt as they have throughout time. Unfortunately, their response to these changes is often interrupted by human interactions. Join biologists and birding experts from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Bight Shorebird Conservation Initiative-MANOMET, and the Sapelo NERR for the annual Shorebirds Conservation Teacher Workshop to explore who these birds are, the integral role the estuarine habitat plays in their migratory pathway between feeding and breeding grounds, as well as the many conservation and management efforts in place to ensure their continued survival. With Georgia’s estuarine habitat comprising nearly 400,000 acres of salt marsh, five major river systems, and a vast tidal range, we will boat to Egg Island for winter shorebird observations and invertebrate sampling. We will venture out to pristine stretches of Sapelo’s beach and marsh to observe feeding behaviors, and probe the sediments as the birds do to identify their food sources.

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February

2024-02-23
Washington
February 23 - 24, 2024
  • Oregon K-12 classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and informal educators
  • South Slough NERR
    Garibaldi, Oregon

Essential Estuaries Ed-Venture: Teachers on the Estuary Workshop

Description

Calling all current educators, pre-service teachers, and active STEAM Coach Volunteers!

You are invited to a crab-tastic one-and-a-half day workshop in Garibaldi, Oregon to learn about the benefits, issues, and solutions of healthy estuaries on the North Oregon Coast This workshop will include several engaging crab themed activities (read more below).

  • Learn about estuary topics from coastal professionals
  • Enhance hands-on and outdoor teaching skills
  • Connect with other educators
  • Build knowledge of estuaries, coastal habitats, marine debris, and crabs
  • Receive resources for classrooms and outdoor education.

A $150 stipend is available for current-educators and pre-service teachers who attend this event. Overnight hotel accommodation in Garibaldi on February 23 is available by request. Funding for substitute teacher reimbursement for Friday afternoon is also available.

Register for this workshop on Eventbrite to save your spot. Space is limited for this workshop, and we want you to be there! If you are unable to attend after RSVPing, please email Rachel@tbenp.org so that your spot can be offered to someone else.

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2024-02-28
Washington
February 28, 2024
  • 6-12th grade teachers
  • Padilla Bay NERR
    Mount Vernon, Washington

Teaching about Climate Change and Ocean Acidification

Description

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 in the Ocean Sciences Sequence (OSS) curriculum on Climate Change developed by UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science

What you will receive:
Substitute teacher reimbursement
5 STEM Clock Hours (free)
Ocean Sciences Sequence curriculum ($200 value)
Lunch and light refreshments
$100 stipend upon implementation in your classroom
Questions? Call or email: Chandler Colahan, ccolahan@padillabay.gov (360) 428-1080

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June

2023-06-13
Georgia
June 13 - 16, 2023
  • Formal and Non-Formal Educators of all Grade Levels
  • Sapelo Island NERR
    Darien, Georgia

Coastal Ecology

Description

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. Participants receive curriculum and resource materials. Record of attendance, formerly PLU credit, is available.

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2023-06-14
Alaska
June 14 - 16, 2023
  • Formal and Informal Educators Grades K-12
  • Kachemak Bay NERR
    Homer, Alaska

Teachers on the Estuary Training: Incorporating Local Science into Your Classroom

Description

Join our professional development workshop to gain hands-on experience in estuary science concepts that you can apply in your classroom. Participating in a Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop will give you the opportunity to:

  • Explore coastal habitats and conduct field investigations
  • Learn from local scientists and experienced coastal educators
  • Apply local and national data in your classroom
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2023-06-14
Florida
June 14 - 15, 2023
  • Educators Grades K-12
  • Apalachicola NERR
    Saint Teresa, Florida

Teaching Academic Content Through Nature Journaling

Description

Sessions will emphasize the benefits of nature journaling as a method to support student-centered models of teaching including inquiry, learning cycles and phenomenon-based lessons. Applicants must be practicing k-12 teachers and may be from any grade level and any academic discipline. Activities will be conducted at the Florida State Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUML) with multiple sessions occurring outdoors in the marine environment. Free overnight accommodations at the lab are available and encouraged.

Participants will receive a $200 stipend upon completion of the workshop and will be eligible for 16 in-service credits.

Instructional materials will be included. Additional details provide after registration. Contact: melanie.humble@floridadep.gov

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2023-06-19
Georgia
June 19 - 21, 2023
  • Formal and Non-Formal Educators of all Grade Levels
  • Sapelo Island NERR
    Darien, Georgia

Sea Turtle Conservation

Description

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 address the Estuary Principals and Concepts and 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. Record of attendance, formerly PLU credit, is available and participants receive curriculum and resource materials.

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2023-06-20
Washington
June 20 - 21, 2023
  • Teachers Grades 6-12
  • Padilla Bay NERR
    Mount Vernon, Washington

Teaching Climate Change and Ocean Acidification

Description

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 in the Ocean Sciences Sequence (OSS) curriculum on Climate Change developed by UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science.

What you will receive:

  • 15 STEM Clock Hours (free)
  • Ocean Sciences Sequence curriculum ($200 value)
  • Lunch and light refreshments
  • $100 stipend upon implementation in your classroom

Questions? Call or email: Susan Wood, swood@padillabay.gov (360) 428-1066

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2023-06-20
Virginia
June 20 - 22, 2023
  • Middle and High School Science Teachers
  • Chesapeake Bay - Virginia
    Gloucester Point, Virginia

Using the Coast to Teach Environmental Science

Description

This workshop focuses on topics related to estuarine research and environmental science, and how you can incorporate those topics into the classroom. You will gain a better understanding of Chesapeake Bay habitats and the issues affecting them through hands-on exploration and sharing of lab and classroom activities. Teachers will spend three days at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) learning from the scientists and educators of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR-VA). Teachers will participate in field, lab, and classroom activities, and will receive curriculum and materials to support implementation in the classroom. [Workshop is full and registration closed]

2023-06-27
California
June 27 - 28, 2023
  • Middle and High School Teachers
  • Tijuana River NERR
    Imperial Beach, California

2023 Teachers on the Estuary

Description

Tijuana Estuary's middle and high school teacher training, also known as TOTE, will take place in early summer on June 27th and 28th. It will be all in-person for the first time since 2019, with some asynchronous preparation.

Teachers on the Estuary explorers Authentic Data Literacy and bring coastal research into the classroom.

To learn more about the Tijuana Estuary Middle and High School materials visit on our website.

At this training you will:

  • See and experience science being done at Tijuana River NERR and learn how you can use it to enhance your teaching.
  • Interact with Reserve researchers, visit wetland restoration sites, and see the long-term monitoring that is used to manage these projects (living experiments).
  • Find out how to integrate your training experiences with online nationwide Reserve data and our virtual and in-person monitoring-based field trips.
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2023-06-27
Ohio
June 27 - 29, 2023
  • Formal and Informal Educators Grades K-12
  • Old Woman Creek NERR
    Huron, Ohio

Wonders of Wetlands

Description

The Advanced Wonders of Watersheds is a tried-and-true, yet newly-adapted three day program that investigates water quality, soil health, climate, land use issues, and our link to the Lake Erie Basin. This intensive experience includes scientific investigations, hands-on and inquiry-based activities, and Lake Erie data collection with researchers from Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Reserve. Join us and learn new ways to meet content standards through engaging lessons, outdoor experiences, and real-world applications of increasingly important water quality and land use issues.

Participants receive Healthy Water Healthy People, The Wonders of Wetlands, Project Aquatic WILD, and Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) curriculum guides. One, two, or three graduate credits are available through Ashland University.

To register contact Jennifer Bucheit jennifer.bucheit@dnr.ohio.gov

July

2023-07-24
Massachusetts
July 24 and July 26 - 27, 2023
  • Middle and High School Teachers
  • Waquoit Bay NERR
    Waquoit, Massachusetts

Investigating a Changing Environment Focus on Water Quality and Sea Level Rise

Description

Middle and high school teachers, join our professional development workshop to gain hands-on experience in estuary science concepts that you can apply in your classroom. Participating in a Teachers on the Estuary, workshop will give you the opportunity to:

  • Earn 18 PDPs
  • Explore coastal habitats and conduct field investigations
  • Learn from local scientists and experienced coastal educators
  • Apply local and national data in your classroom

July 24 (6-8 pm- virtual) July 26-27- on site

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2023-07-25
South Carolina
July 25 - 27, 2023
  • Elementary, Middle, High School, Pre-service teachers and Non-formal Educators
  • ACE Basin NERR
    Green Pond, South Carolina

Exploring the ACE Basin

Description

Every summer we offer a workshop for teachers using South Carolina estuaries as our classroom. Join us as we explore salt marsh dynamics with marine researchers to collect and analyze data. You’ll bring home standards-based, STEM classroom lessons to teach your students!

Each day we will explore a different aspect of the estuary. Part of the day will be spent in the marsh or on a boat with biologists and science educators learning how to monitor the estuary and analyze the data. The rest of the day will be spent using lesson plans and educational resources to plan how to translate that research to your students. We will investigate coastal environmental issues and ways to promote solutions in your classroom and school.

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2023-07-31
Florida
July 31 - August 1, 2023
  • Educators Grades K-12
  • Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR
    Ponte Verda Beach, Florida

TOTE 2023: Growing Community Partnerships and Addressing Education Needs

Description

This Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) training will focus on connecting educators to community organizations that provide opportunities to further engage students. Although this training pertains to all K-12 teachers, it may specifically relate to educators and students who are limited by factors such as distance, transportation, and financial ability. This two-day workshop will offer opportunities to register with the GTM Research Reserve for estuarine science programs as well as network with representatives from local organizations that can also offer programs or assist with developing additional opportunities.

Day 1: Monday, July 31, 2023 (8:30am-3:30pm)

Day 2: Tuesday, August 1, 2023 (8:30am-3:30pm)

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2023-07-31
Rhode Island
July 31 - August 3, 2023
  • Middle and High School Science Teachers
  • Narragansett Bay NERR
    Prudence Island, Rhode Island

Teachers on the Estuary: Salt Marshes and Climate Change

Description

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 content is designed for middle and high school science teachers.

Participants will be given $500 to use towards outdoor learning and/or stewardship projects with their students. Workshop is FREE, including shared dorm-style lodging and meals on Prudence Island. To ensure everyone’s safety, all participants must be fully vaccinated to participate.

To register contact Maureen Dewire maureen.dewire@dem.ri.gov
2023-07-31
Maryland
July 31 - August 4, 2023
  • Middle and High School Educators (Elementary and Informal Educators welcome)
  • Chesapeake Maryland NERR
    Crocheron, Maryland

Teachers on the Estuary: Science and Social Emotional Learning

Description

Science-informed environmental literacy programming and Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences make multi-disciplinary learning come alive and meaningfully supports social and emotional learning and wellness for both students and teachers. During this dynamic five-day program, you will be joining a caring group of partners to explore the Chesapeake Bay's cultural coastal habitats and iconic communities by practicing mindful engagement with the environment and conducting field investigations with local scientists, community leaders, and educators from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Maryland's Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This course is designed to model a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience through participant-driven field experiences, authentic research and the celebration of our coming together as a community of educators in an immersive, joyful and supportive environment.

Participants will be encouraged 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, 3 Act 48 hours in PA, and 15 contact hours in VA.

Length & Location: The entire course will be conducted online over five days and will incorporate individual outdoor, inquiry-based investigations in your community.

Credit: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, Maryland teachers are eligible for 3 MSDE Continuing Professional Development credits, Virginia and Washington, D.C. teachers are eligible for documentation of 45 contact hours, Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 professional development hours. Graduate credit is available from Mary Baldwin University and for an additional fee. Visit our credit page for more information and registration.

Cost: $65 (subsidized materials fee).
*A $200 MWEE implementation support fund is available to each participant upon completion of all course requirements.*

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August

2023-08-01
Maine
August 1 - 3, 2023
  • Middle and High School Science Teachers
  • Wells NERR
    Wells, Maine

Teachers on the Estuary Workshop: Preparing Students to Be Water Stewards

Description

We are putting teachers on the estuary again this summer by offering a free workshop that will provide educators with activities to bring back to their classes. The workshop will train up to twelve educators in water quality and weather monitoring, nature journaling, and solutionary teaching and learning. It is geared towards middle and high school science teachers, though other educators are welcome to apply.

The three-day Teachers on the Estuary workshop will get teachers outside on the estuary and marsh, learning by doing. It will also expose teachers to a Reserve scientist, who will present on current research and provide applicable ways of teaching scientific concepts back in the classroom. And new this year, the Institute for Humane Education will present on how to use their four-part Solutionary Framework to prepare students to be water stewards.

This TOTE workshop will equip teachers with activities they can replicate with their students. Time for reflection while nature journaling and processing with fellow teachers will be provided each day.

Each teacher will receive a $150 stipend, as well as $150 worth of equipment to use with students. Teachers traveling a distance will also receive free lodging in Wells. Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided each day of the workshop.

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2023-08-07
Wisconsin
August 7 - 11, 2023
  • Grades preschool-12
  • Lake Superior NERR
    Superior, Wisconsin

Rivers2Lake Education Program: Summer Institute

Description

For the past eleven years, the Rivers2Lake education program has built a community of educators dedicated to sharing the Great Lakes with their students. The program has trained and mentored 106 teachers, helping them integrate Lake Superior research, history, policy, and stewardship into their classrooms. Rivers2Lake teachers engage PK-12 students in outdoor and inquiry-based learning well beyond their year of participation. Working with partners including the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, the Great Lakes Aquarium, the National Park Service, and the Superior Rivers Watershed Association, Rivers2Lake brings the Great Lakes Literacy Principles to life. Rivers2Lake is run by the education program at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior, Wisconsin. Target Audience: Teachers within the St. Louis River watershed and/or Wisconsin's Lake Superior Basin. Grades preschool-12, and occasionally educators in nonformal settings. Accepting applications from April 6, 2023 through May 4, 2023.

Rivers2Lake Goal:

The Rivers2Lake Education Program (Rivers2Lake) uses the Lake Superior watershed and the St. Louis River, its largest US tributary, as a foundation for authentic, experiential teacher and PK-12 student learning and increased Great Lakes literacy.

Rivers2Lake Objectives:

1. Educators who participate in Rivers2Lake engage in a supported change process with professional mentors, resulting in career-long confidence in, and commitment to, using interdisciplinary, outdoor, and inquiry based learning focused on Lake Superior.

2. Rivers2Lake teachers integrate place-based information and data, educational materials, regional experts, and a personal understanding of the Lake Superior Watershed into curriculum, resulting in engaging educational content that improves Great Lakes Literacy.

3. Through learning and stewardship actions focused on the Lake Superior Watershed, students in Rivers2Lake classrooms demonstrate understanding of the Great Lakes, develop a stronger sense of place, and increase their commitment to stewardship.

4. By participating in outdoor and inquiry-based learning experiences with Rivers2Lake teachers and mentors, students in Rivers2Lake classrooms demonstrate improved academic learning and engagement.

5. Rivers2Lake fosters the development of a dynamic and expanding professional learning community of teachers, non-formal educators, natural resource professionals and others committed to Great Lakes-centered learning.

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2023-08-10
New Hampshire
August 10 - 11, 2023
  • Middle and High School Teachers
  • Great Bay NERR
    Greenland, New Hampshire

Extraordinary Eelgrass –Underwater Ecological Superhero

Description

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a program of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) that offers field-based professional development for teachers on watershed and estuary topics at Research Reserves. This year's TOTE is FREE and focuses on EELGRASS, one of the most critical species and ecosystems on the planet.

Joining this two day workshop will be scientists and coastal leaders who are working together on a joint NERRS Science Collaborative study dedicated to eelgrass in the Great Bay Estuary. A $100 stipend to be used in the classroom will be awarded to each teacher who attends. The workshop will take place both indoors and in the field, as weather permits and will include snorkeling off the New Hampshire coast, kayaking and walking on uneven terrain. YOU WILL GET WET!

To register contact Kelle Loughlin kelle.loughlin@wildlife.nh.gov
2023-08-16
Washington
August 16 - 17, 2023
  • Formal and Informal Educators Grades 4-8
  • Padilla Bay NERR
    Mount Vernon, Washington

Teaching about Ocean Science and Climate Change, grades 4-8

Description

This two-day workshop is field-based and on site at Padilla Bay. Explore ocean and climate science activities for your students.

  • Earn 15 STEM clock hour credits.
  • Receive Ocean Sciences Sequence curriculum ($200 value).
  • Lunch and low-cost housing provided.
  • Receive $200 stipend upon implementation with your students.

Enjoy learning with colleagues at beautiful Padilla Bay.

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2023-08-29
Delaware
August 29 - 30, 2023
  • Formal and Informal Educators
  • Delaware NERR
    Dover, Delaware

Teachers on the Estuary: Art and Science

Description

Teachers, join our professional development workshop to gain experience and inspiration for connecting art and science. Participating in Teachers on the Estuary, or TOTE, workshop will give you the opportunity to

  • Explore coastal habitats
  • Learn from local artists and experienced coastal educators
  • Communicate local and national data in your classroom through art and music!

Please register by August 15, 2023

Workshop Dates:
August 29th 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
August 30th 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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September

October

2023-10-14
California
October 14 - 15, 2023
  • Middle and High School Educators
  • Elkhorn Slough NERR
    Watsonville, California

TOTE - Water Quality Investigations

Description

TOTE is a hands-on, three day Estuarine Science workshop focused on developing inquiry based lessons for middle and high school teachers. Spend two days with Reserve scientist in the field exploring estuarine science and investigating the water quality of the Elkhorn slough. Gain confidence in taking your students outdoors to conduct data collection investigations. Develop lesson plans and curriculum that help students apply their data.

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November

December