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South Carolina
July 12 - 14, 2022
  • K-12th educators, non-formal educators
  • ACE Basin NERR

Teachers on the Estuary: Explore the ACE Basin


During this workshop we will explore the three rivers that give the ACE Basin its name; the Ashepoo, the Combahee and the Edisto. 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.

July 12 - 14, 2022
  • K-12th grade teachers
  • Old Woman Creek NERR
    Huron, Ohio

Wonders of Wetlands TOTE with Cuyahoga County Teachers


Educators will spend 40 hours of professional development at the reserve or within the Lake Erie watershed learning about water quality, wetlands and Lake Erie. Educators will get hands-on experience with water quality monitoring, fish surveys, and agricultural land assessments. Target audience: K-12 educators and Non-formal educators.

Contact Jennifer Bucheit
July 13 - 15, 2022
  • 9th-12th grade teachers
  • Rookery Bay NERR and Apalachicola NERR
    Naples, Florida

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) Workshop


Day 1 will focus on estuarine research, stewardship, and education. Educators will experience the estuary by boat and explore Keewaydin Island as well as the Environmental Learning Center.

Day 2 will dive deeper into the research and education by trawling in the estuary and meeting Reserve staff, both in the field and in the classroom.

Day 3 will take place at the Environmental Learning Center, where educators will explore sea-level rise science from the intersection of social and environmental issues.

Target Audience: This workshop is open to both formal teachers and informal educators around the country. Must teach science or social studies and work with grades 9-12.

South Carolina
July 19 - 20, 2022
  • Formal and informal educators
  • North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR
    Georgetown, South Carolina

Exploring Waccamaw to Winyah Bay


Experience the Waccamaw River, Winyah Bay, and North Inlet and discover how you can bring estuaries into your classroom! A $50 workshop fee is due upon acceptance; lodging is on your own, but food and on-site transportation are provided. Certificate for fifteen hours (15) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion.


1) Commitment to 2-day workshop (15 hours) plus pre-workshop homework and exit and follow up surveys.

2) MUST be able to tolerate summer temperatures, insects, and physical activities outdoors.

3) Participants are responsible for overnight accommodations (if desired).

4) Upon completion of the workshop, teachers must develop an action plan to share estuary education activities with their students.

July 19 - 21, 2022
  • K-12th grade teachers
  • Old Woman Creek NERR
    Huron, Ohio

Wonders of Wetlands TOTE Cuyahoga County


Educators will spend 40 hours of professional development at the reserve or within the Lake Erie watershed learning about water quality, wetlands and Lake Erie. Educators will get hands-on experience with water quality monitoring, fish surveys, and agricultural land assessments. Target audience: K-12 educators and Non-formal educators

Contact Jennifer Bucheit
July 25 - 27, 2022
  • 9th-12th grade teachers
  • Mission-Aransas NERR
    Port Aransas, Texas

Sea-Level Rise in the Classroom


Explore sea-level rise science from the intersection of social and environmental issues. This multi-day interactive workshop introduces science and social studies educators to the "Sea-Level Rise in the Classroom" curriculum. This curriculum fosters science-to-civics literacy through a high school curriculum focused on sea-level rise resilience and community-driven solutions.

Through the Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) educators will be immersed in the beautiful setting of Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve as they learn about environmental monitoring programs and ways to incorporate this real-time data into their classrooms.



August 1 - 5, 2022
  • K-12th grade teachers and informal educators
  • Chesapeake Bay NERR
    Annapolis, Maryland

Teachers On The Estuary: Science and Social Emotional Learning


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.*

August 1 - November 16, 2022
  • 5th-12th grade teachers and informal educators
  • Waquoit Bay NERR
    East Falmouth, Massachusetts

Teachers on the Estuary : Investigating a Changing Environment


This course is a research and field-based teacher training initiative of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The goal of teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of the environment using local examples and to provide resources and experience to support the incorporation of watershed, estuary and climate change topics into classroom teaching to promote scientific literacy and stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. Participants will learn how to facilitate the design and carrying out of investigations by their students as outlined in the Next Generation Science Frameworks and Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards. The National Estuarine Research Reserves’ Sentinel Sites project (a national effort to determine the effects of changing sea level and inundation on coastal habitats) will serve as an example of how scientists design and carry out investigations. The course will introduce teachers to information and research about coastal systems, specifically salt marshes and coastal impacts of climate change, and to lessons and activities for teaching about these systems. The course incorporates investigations in the field, classroom activities, and the use of on-line data.

August 2 - 3, 2022
  • Middle and High School Science Teachers
  • Wells NERR
    Wells, Maine

Observation and Monitoring on Land and Water


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 ten educators in water quality and weather monitoring, nature journaling, marine debris monitoring, and sea level rise, while exploring marsh and beach habitats on foot and the estuary by kayak.

The two-day Teachers on the Estuary workshop will get teachers outside on the estuary and marsh, learning by doing. It will also expose teachers to scientists, who will present on current research and provide applicable ways of teaching scientific concepts back in the classroom.

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 $200 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.

The workshop is geared towards middle and high school science teachers, though other educators are welcome to apply.

August 9 - 12, 2022
  • Educators in the St. Louis River watershed and Lake Superior Watershed within Wisconsin
  • Lake Superior NERR
    Superior, Wisconsin

Rivers2Lake Summer Institute 2022


4-day immersive program kicks off the year long mentoring of Rivers2Lake (Lake Superior Reserve's TOTE).

To Register Contact Luciana Ranelli
Rhode Island
August 9 - 12, 2022
  • Middle and High School Science Teachers
  • Narragansett Bay NERR
    Prudence Island, Rhode Island

Teachers on the Estuary: Impacts of a Changing Climate on Salt Marshes


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.

Target audience: Middle and High School Science Teachers

To Register Contact Maureen Dewire
New Jersey
August 10 - 12, 2022
  • Formal and Informal Educators
  • Jacques Cousteau NERR
    Tuckerton, New Jersey

Teachers on the Estuary Workshop: New Jersey's Estuaries, from Top to Bottom


Join us for this summer's Teacher's on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop! This year the JC NERR will be partnering with the NJ Sea Grant Consortium with hybrid-style instruction (both remote and in-person). TOTE can be an opportunity to share, get support, explore some data, chat with scientists, and explore the outdoors! The TOTE agenda will be provided to participants after registration.

During TOTE, participants will:

  • Increase their confidence with habitat-based science content
  • Increase their knowledge of the ecological issues facing our mid- Atlantic coastal ecosystems, with a particular focus on New Jersey.
  • Increase their confidence in teaching about coastal ecosystems using local real world science and research.
  • Discover a variety of resources for classroom use


September 30 - October 2, 2022
  • Middle or High School Teachers
  • Elkhorn Slough NERR and South Slough NERR
    Watsonville, California and Charleston, Oregon

Preparing for Climate Change Impacts Through Stewardship


NOAA Planet Stewards, Elkhorn Slough, and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are hosting a simultaneous three-day educator workshop about climate change impacts on estuaries and their adjacent communities along the Pacific Coast, and how to engage schools and communities to take action to address regional impacts of this global phenomenon.

Participants will spend three days at either Oregon’s South Slough or California’s Elkhorn Slough NERR learning about climate change and watersheds, taking part in field experiences, and learning how to incorporate these topics and stewardship actions into their classrooms and communities.

This workshop is planned for in-person learning. Depending on Covid-19 safety guidelines at the time of the workshop, an alternate, virtual experience may be required. All registrants will be kept apprised of programmatic changes.

Workshop topics include:

  • Climate change science and climate change activities that meet NGSS
  • Citizen science and hands-on stewardship to inspire youth to address regional environmental impacts, and mobilize action in their communities

Workshop features:

  • Opportunities to learn from and interact with subject matter experts
  • Hands-on field investigations with a NOAA researcher
  • In-depth information about estuaries and other coastal systems
  • Activities and lessons designed around climate change topics and issues
  • Light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included each day of the workshop
  • Educators will receive resources for their class and field work
  • Stipends will be provided for all attendees upon full completion of the workshop


  • This event is scheduled for September 30 - October 2, 2022. Participants may enroll and attend at either location. There are a limited number of spaces available for this event. You must register at one of the site specific links below to reserve a seat at the workshop! Do it today!

Cost: $40 Includes educational resources, tools and materials for the classroom, light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. Contact Virginia Guhin Contact Jaime Belanger