World Ocean Day in Boston

The New England Aquarium is hosting a family-friendly festival on Central Wharf, Boston, on Sunday June 6th.

They are seeking environmental organizations to present activities for families — for more information, contact Hannah Stinson ( ; download an application for a table here.

Underwater Adventure Videos Available for Classroom Use

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World is an underwater adventure program that has been broadcast on more than 260 public television stations since May 2008. It is also available online at and via free podcasts through iTunes.  The shows have been used in the classroom to illustrate science topics; accompanying study guides for each segment were created with the intent that teachers could incorporate the show into science education. The shows are produced by Oceanic Research Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s oceans and marine life through education. ORG’s educational films have been used in the classroom since 1995.

Job Opportunity – School Program Coordinator, Virginia

The Marine Science Consortium is seeking a creative and talented educator to fill a School Program Coordinator position. This full-time, year-round position is a key part of the program leadership team and is responsible for the coordination and oversight of MSC’s busy and growing school program. This includes staff leadership, program development, day to day coordination, and serving as a member of the MSC Leadership Team.  Preferred Start Date: June 1st, 2010 Application Deadline: May 14th. Interviews begin immediately. Position opened until filled.
Contact at  Phone 757-824-5636, Fax 757-824-5637,

Job Opportunity – Marine Educator, Florida

Mote Marine Laboratory has an opening for a dedicated and enthusiastic marine science educator to work within a creative, collaborative, and committed education work group. The Marine Science Educator II will work closely with the Public and School Programs Coordinators, under the supervision of the Center Director, to teach and assist in the development of on-site and outreach educational programs based at Mote field stations around Florida. Programs can occur on land, boats, and in the water. This position will be specifically tasked with 1) creating and leading weekend programs, 2) coordinating First-Year High School Internship Program (and aquarium care), 3) developing programming and curricula for schools and underserved audiences, and 4) managing content updates for CSPP pages on Mote website (among other duties).
For more information contact Tim Oldread

Great Whales Curriculum for Grades 6-9 on DLESE

The Great Whales, developed by the Marine mammal Institute at Oregon State University, is now available. The curriculum is geared for Grades 6-9.  You can locate the curriculum on DLESE – Digital Library of Earth System Education. The Great Whales curriculum offers engaging teaching activities that explore the past and present status of whales, whale biology and anatomy, current research to discover whale migratory patterns as well as defining their winter and summer habitats. Different species of great whales are presented with information about their biology, migration patterns, habitat needs, exploitation, and current threats to different species.

Discovering Undersea Asphalt Volcanoes – Slideshow and Story

Join scientists as they discover that mysterious mounds on the seafloor near Santa Barbara, Calif., are the remnants of ancient asphalt volcanoes.

Asphalt Volcanoes on the Seafloor
An audio slideshow on the exploration of Il Duomo

Undersea Asphalt Volcanoes Discovered
Erupting oil paved the seafloor with mysterious mounds

Webinars: A New Way of Connecting Museums and Schools – Workshop

Webinars are a creative tool that museums and arts organizations can use to reach out to schools and new audiences.  Tom Daccord of EdTechTeacher introduces ways to use this exciting technology that combines traditional classroom methods—visual media, white board writing, and conversation—allowing participants to virtually be a part of a larger classroom.  Workshop registration is open to museum professionals, educators, and others who are interested in learning how webinars can help their organization interact and connect with audiences around the world.  The $25 registration fee includes lunch and morning coffee.  The workshop is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.

Friday, June 4 or Saturday, June 5,  9:00 am–3:30 pm, National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA


Teachers on the Estuary PD Workshops Applications Due

Applications for Teachers on the Estuary professional development workshops in New England are due this Friday,  April 30. This summer three New England National Estuarine Research Reserves will offer Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) professional development workshops.  Each workshop is a research and field-based professional development opportunity designed to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of estuaries using local research examples.  The workshops will provide resources and hands-on experiences to support the incorporation of estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching.

The Narragansett Bay TOTE held in Bristol, Rhode Island (with a day on Prudence Island) will run from June 28 to July 1, 2010 with a half day follow-up on November 6, 2010.

The Waquoit Bay TOTE on Cape Cod in Massachusetts will run from July 12 to 15 with a half day follow-up on November 20, 2010.

The Wells TOTE in Wells, Maine will run from July 26 to 29, 2010 with a half day follow-up on November 6, 2010.

The workshops are designed for middle and high school teachers, but other educators are welcome to apply.  Participants will work with local scientists and coastal educators to explore estuary habitats and practice field and classroom-based studies and activities.  Learn how to use real data and guide student investigations while trying out a new web-based estuary curriculum.  The workshops are free, but space is limited, so an application is required (available on the websites listed above).

Record Number of Right Whales Sighted in Block Island Sound

A NOAA marine mammal aerial survey team based at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has sighted nearly 100 endangered North Atlantic right whales feeding in Block Island Sound, the largest group ever documented in those waters.

A “flukeprint” is the whale equivalent of a footprint. It appears on the water’s surface when a whale dives and when just underwater flexes its tail, or fluke, upward to help propel itself deeper. This creates a smooth patch of water on the surface that looks somewhat like an oil slick, and to whale spotters is one of the telltale signs whales are present.

All of the whales were actively surface feeding, indicating dense patches of copepods, the tiny marine zooplankton on which right whales feed. During this time of year, right whales are migrating through southern New England waters generally headed northward to feed at different times and places throughout the summer.

North Atlantic right whales are particularly susceptible to collisions with vessels, causing serious injuries and deaths of the animals. The likelihood of a seriously harmful collision is reduced when vessel speeds are slowed.

The whales were sighted both within and just outside of waters that are also part of a seasonal management area for large whales intended to reduce the risk of harmful collisions. Within the area, vessels 65 ft or larger are required to abide by a speed limit of 10 knots or less between November 1 and April 30 of each year. NOAA has extended protection in adjacent areas by implementing a short-term management area that mariners are expected, but not required, to either avoid or to voluntarily reduce speeds to 10 knots or less while transiting.

Climate Change Online PD Workshop

Oregon State University E-Campus offers Global Climate Change Issues and Impacts Workshop, taught by Vicki Osis.

The course will provide information geared for teachers and general audiences about climate change and impacts of warming that are being expressed in various bioregions of the world. Topics in the course will also include current reports about oil supplies and the concept of peak oil, as well as alternative energy research, development and conservation. Teaching activities will be provided for various topics such as impacts on coral reefs and forests etc. A focus of the course will be how to teach a controversial and scary topic to students.

July 19-August 13, FW 808 1 credit professional development credit. Total Cost $75.00 ($50.00 for 1 credit. $25.00 admission to OSU if you are not an active student.)  Contact Vicki if you wish more information or to receive a syllabus of the course and to enroll in the class.