Waquoit Bay NERR Walks

Numerous beach and coastal walks are scheduled at the Waquoit Bay NERR. For details check the website http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org or contact Joan Muller, Education Coordinator, 508-457-0495 x107

Stellwagen Management Plan Released

On June 17 th , NOAA released the final management plan for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which will guide the sanctuary’s resource protection and conservation efforts over the next five years. Copies of the management plan on CD may be requested by calling 781-545-8026 or via email at stellwagen@noaa.gov. The plan may also be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website, http://stellwagen.noaa.gov. The full NOAA News Release is available online.

Saturday Afternoon Science at URI’s Bay Campus

June 26, 2010 2-5 p.m. FREE and open to everyone
Join our scientists and engineers for an informative and exciting afternoon of ocean exploration. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the ground-breaking efforts of our ocean scientists and engineers, and to discuss the fascinating results of their work. See for yourself how they are expanding our knowledge of planet Earth’s last great unexplored territory.
Audience: Adults and young adults aged 9 and up

Location: URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI
For more information, please visit http://www.gso.uri.edu/saturday-science

Nautilus Live Theater and Online

Beginning today, guests at Mystic Aquarium and people on their computers at home can experience the next generation of deep ocean exploration. With the opening of the Nautilus Live Theater and launch of the Nautilus Live Website (nautiluslive.org), people around the world can virtually join Sea Research Foundation’s Dr. Robert Ballard and his team aboard his new ship of exploration, the E/V Nautilus. Social media will add a new dimension to the four-month-long expedition, enabling participants to learn about and share discoveries in real time and communicate with each other as they watch live ocean exploration and shipboard activities during each leg of the journey.

PD on Cape Cod: Oceans, Coasts and Climate for Teachers

Mon August 2 – Thurs August 5, 2010, 9:00-3:30 plus follow-up session Nov 6
Location: Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, Falmouth, MA, and Woods Hole
This course will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on Massachusetts marine and coastal systems. Participants will carry out field studies, practice using marine and coastal data, and engage in lessons and activities for teaching about climate. We will hear presentations from research scientists studying climate at sea and along the shore. Participants will receive lesson plans and a resource CD. Best for teachers in grades 7 -12.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org/eventshow.aspx?eventid=257

PD at NE Aquarium: Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences

Attention Massachusetts middle school science teachers! The Gulf of Maine watershed program is a field- and classroom-based program that will provide Massachusetts middle school science teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach students about local watersheds and show how climate change affects watersheds. The program consists of a three-day summer workshop, two call back/follow up sessions and a teacher-lead meaningful watershed education experience (MWEE) in the field and classroom for students in grades 5 through 8.

After completing the three-day summer workshop, participating teachers are expected to design and conduct a meaningful watershed experience with their students during the fall semester, including a field trip, if possible, and a classroom experience. The Aquarium staff will provide support for field trips.

During follow-up sessions, participants will reconvene to present their projects to one another, as well as to other educators at the Massachusetts Marine Educators annual conference. They will also share information about their projects with other educators through conversations at their schools and in presentations at local education conferences.

Dates:  July 15 – 17, 2010 (Thursday-Saturday)

Two call back dates, October 2 and December 4, 2010 — Attendance Required

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston
Cost: free (cost of graduate credits additional)

Credit: 45 PDPs or, for an additional cost, 2 graduate credits from Cambridge College
Please register by July 1, 2010

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.

Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary Management Plan

NOAA released the final management plan for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary today.  Based on years of scientific study and developed with extensive public input, the new management plan focuses on key issues affecting the sanctuary, including ecosystem alteration, wildlife disturbance, vessel traffic and its potential threat to marine mammals, water quality and invasive species.  The plan will guide the sanctuary’s resource protection and conservation efforts over the next five years.

The management plan is posted on the sanctuary’s website at http://stellwagen.noaa.gov.

Support for Oil Spill Victims

The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport williams.edu/williamsmystic has been going on field seminars to the Gulf Coast, specifically Cocodrie and Grand Isle, LA, since the fall of 2004.  They have joined forces with a few other non-profits to create New Englanders for the Gulf. http://newenglandersforthegulf.org They are fundraising to provide monies for fisherman who are out of work to buy groceries for their families.  Two WM alumni are currently on Grand Isle to work with officials there and to hand out grocery vouchers to those in need.  Their blog: http://livingwiththespill.blogspot.com/

For more information contact  Aislinn.M.Doyle@williams.edu

Director of Admissions and Enrollment

PD Workshops, Connecticut

Immersion Learning, Institute for Exploration and Mystic Aquarium present these professional development workshops:

Return to Titanic, Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. In this hands-on workshop you will follow Dr. Robert Ballard and a team of scientists as they return to the wreck of the RMS Titanic to determine how much the ship has deteriorated since its initial discovery in 1985. Science topics covered include scale drawings, buoyancy, model-building, weathering, composite images, remotely operated vehicles, latitude and longitude, coordinate grids, communication technology, radio waves, conservation, and careers.

Adventures to the Black Sea Thursday, August 12, 2010, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm In this hands-on workshop you will travel to the Black Sea, examine evidence of an ancient flood, and explore a perfectly preserved shipwreck that is over 1,500 years old. Science topics covered include marine archaeology, density, freshwater and salt water, sonar, earthquakes, plate tectonics, sedimentology, communication technology, satellites, robotic exploration, and careers.

Life at the Extremes Friday, August 13, 2010, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm In this hands-on workshop you will travel to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge—down to a depth of about 2,000 ft (610 m)—to explore the unique “Lost City” hydrothermal vents and search for clues to life’s origins among its microscopic inhabitants. Science topics covered include hydrothermal vents, plate tectonics, minerals, chemical reactions, pH, biodiversity, extremophiles, buoyancy, remotely operated vehicles, communication technology, and careers.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Katie Cubina at 860-572-5955 x267 or katie@immersionlearning.org for more details on how to register. Space is limited, so act soon!

Plastics in North Atlantic Research Cruise

Sea Education Association has launched the Plastics at SEA: North Atlantic Expedition, a 35-day research cruise  to study the accumulation of plastic marine debris in the North Atlantic Ocean. Follow the expedition on http://plastics.sea.edu, which will be updated daily with multimedia content.