Teacher Workshops at NEAq

New England Aquarium offers several teacher workshops this summer:

Climate Science and the Ocean

On the Waterfront:  Integrating Science Standards through Classroom and Field Investigations

NOAA’s Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Workshop

2010 MITS Summer Institutes – The Process of Adaptation: How Things Change

To register for the summer courses, please contact the Teacher Resource Center for more information. Advance registration is required. Please call 617-973-6590 or email the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org.

Webinar: Using and Adding Your Content to Google Ocean

The Ecosystem Based Management Tools Network offers a webinar on adding content to Google Ocean, by Charlotte Vick, Google Content Manager of Mission Blue, April 27, 2-3:30 pm US EDT.  The webinar will provide a non-technical general overview of the ocean layer of Google Earth 5.0 “Google Ocean” and its current content and will also provide information on how to add your own content (text, images, video, etc.) to the site.  Learn more about Google Ocean at http://earth.google.com/ocean.  Register for this webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/914642472.

Educator Opportunity, RI Teacher at Sea

The University of Rhode Island’s RV ENDEAVOR has space available for educators, of any and all disciplines, who would like to become members of a scientific research team.  The Rhode Island Teacher-At-Sea (RITAS) Program is designed to establish sustainable partnerships between ocean scientists, researchers and teachers who live and teach in Rhode Island. Teachers selected for the RITAS Program will become part of a scientific research team conducting ocean science research during a cruise aboard the RV Endeavor.  As an educational component of the Rhode Island ENDEAVOR Program (RIEP), the RITAS Program is dependent upon the continued support from the State of Rhode Island.

For more complete information and to download an application please visit the OMP website.

Oceans à la Carte: A Workshop for K-12 Educators

University of Rhode Island offers a one-day workshop for educators on May 22 at URI’s Bay Campus.The workshop includes oceanography, marine, and environmental science presentations and workshop sessions for teachers, educators, and homeschool and group leaders.  Choose from a variety of presentations by leading scientists, hands-on activities, and content information sessions. The day will start with a presentation by Chris Deacutis of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program entitled  “Changing World: A Changing Bay? Water Quality Conditions in Narragansett Bay and Potential Climate-Driven Concerns.”

For more information and registration form visit, http://omp.gso.uri.edu/ompweb/content/educator-training

Spring Excursion – Seabird & Whale Tale Trip

Join the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) for an all day marine excursion to view seabirds, whales, dolphins, basking sharks and ocean sunfish along the Mass coast, Sunday, June 13 from 8-4.  NECWA is a volunteer, non-profit organization.  All trip proceeds go to support marine wildlife research, education and conservation.

Enjoy our guided wildlife commentary by David Clapp (Natural History Services), Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club) and Joanne Jarzobski (Capt. John Boats). Travel aboard the “Tails of the Sea”, a 110’ luxury commercial whale-watching vessel owned and operated by Capt. John Boats (www.captjohn.com).

Leave from the Plymouth Town Pier at 8 am and return by 4 pm. While offshore, we will conduct a plankton tow and demonstrations, chumming for seabirds and a free onboard nature raffle.

Tickets: Pre-Sale $90 and then $100 after May 31, 2010.  Go to www.necwa.org to download the registration form.  Space is limited to ensure lots of viewing room along the rail.  Group rates available.  For more trip information, call Krill at 508-566-0009.

This marine adventure is an annual fundraising event for NECWA and supports marine wildlife education, research and conservation in the New England area.  Assistance provided by Capt. John Boats, Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries,  South Shore Bird Club, Natural History Services and Bridgewater State College.

Hurricanes, Science and Society: Weeklong Summer Institute for Teachers

The Office of Marine Programs (OMP) at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is accepting applications for a 1-week Summer Institute for teachers on hurricane science and hurricane impacts on society. The Institute is open to middle and high school science teachers from the Southern New England region. The Institute will introduce teachers to hurricane science, observation and forecasting, preparation for hurricanes, and the impacts of hurricanes. Participants will interact with leading hurricane science researchers and visit coastal field locations as part of the Institute. During the Institute, participants will develop an activity related to hurricanes that they can use in their classrooms. OMP is conducting this Institute as part of the development of a new online resource about hurricanes:  Hurricanes, Science and Society.

Applications are available here: http://omp.gso.uri.edu/ompweb/omp/hss/hssapplication.pdf

You can either type in your information and email it to the contact below, or you can print it out and mail it to the address listed on the application.
Dates: July 26-July 30, 2010

Location: URI Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI

Contact: Holly Morin – hmorin@gso.uri.edu

Application Deadline: May 7 (postmarked by May 7, 2010, for those submitting their applications via USPS)
Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend.  All travel costs are responsibility of the participant.

Ocean Explorium Events

Join the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport (174 Union Street, New Bedford, www.oceanexplorium.org) for the following events:

Thursday April 15

Cosmic Voice Speaker Series

“Does E.T. Exist – Astrobiology and the Search for Life in the Universe”

Dr. Lior Burko

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

University of Alabama Huntsville

Reception at 6:15, Talk at 7pm.

Saturday April 17

Grand Opening of “Sea and Ice – The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Captain Bob Bartlett” Exhibit.  The exhibit chronicles the voyages of the Effie M. Morrissey (Now the Ernestina) as she sailed to the arctic to discover the North Pole.  Educational material and a new Science on a Sphere presentation will accompany the exhibit which will be here through the summer.

Hours 10am – 4pm

Abbey Spargo
Education Programs Coordinator
Ocean Explorium
(508) 994-5400 x  23

Funding Opportunity: EPA National Environmental Education Training Program

Section 5 of the National Environmental Education Act authorizes EPA to fund a National Environmental Education Training Program. The purpose of this program is to deliver environmental education training and long-term support to teachers and other education professionals across the U.S. to enable them to teach effectively about environmental issues.

EPA awards one cooperative agreement to fund this 5 year national program. U.S. institutions of higher education, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, or a consortia of such institutions are eligible to apply. EPA encourages eligible institutions to form consortia to operate this program. To be eligible for consideration, the program must:

  1. Be delivered to a wide range of education professionals that reach diverse demographic populations in all geographic regions of the U.S., including K-12 classroom teachers, faculty in education departments in colleges and universities, and non-formal educators in settings such as parks, nature centers, and museums.
  2. Build on existing national environmental education resources and programs to leverage resources, encourage partnerships, and reduce duplication of effort.
  3. Provide at least a 25% non-federal match.
Other Resources

Funding for Smaller Projects:

For information on EPA funding for smaller scale educator training or other EE projects, please go to the Environmental Education Grant Program.

EPA Grant Webinar:

EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting webinars for the EPA grants community (to be determined shortly). The webinars will address:

  • how to find and apply for grant opportunities
  • an update on the status of Grants.gov
  • preparing a proper budget detail

EPA expects to award funds for this program by September 30, 2010. The program is expected to operate from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015, subject to the availability of appropriations and other factors. Applications are due by July 26, 2010.

EPA Contact: Kathleen MacKinnon

Job Opportunity – Environmental Educator, Florida

The Sanibel Sea School is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting marine conservation through experiential education, located on Sanibel Island, Florida. A detailed description of Sanibel Sea School,  programs and course offerings may be found on www.sanibelseaschool.org.

The Environmental Educator is the curriculum supervisor of, and an instructor for Sanibel Sea School, Inc. The Environmental Educator reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission through the planning and execution of an excellent curriculum of experiential education centered on marine environments and conservation.