Job Opportunity – Deckhand, CT

Soundwaters is seekign applications (due 1/15/10) for Deckhand/Educators for the 2010 sailing season (mid-March through August and August through mid-November). Seven crewmembers work in a close-knit high-energy environment aboard the 80’ schooner SoundWaters to deliver environmental and nautical science programs ranging from 3-hours to weeklong. For more information visit their website

Palmer Long Term Ecological Research Polar Blog

This year the Palmer LTER Education & Outreach Program launches Changing Your Latitude – an interactive blog expanded this year to include posts from researchers at Palmer Station and then later aboard the 230-foot icebreaker Laurence M. Gould. The Blog
You can track the ship, explore the environment with Google Earth, view more photographs and enjoy videos. Educators can download newly designed instructional materials that parallel the scientific research and encourage students to post questions directly to the scientists.

Research Cruise to Measure Atlantic Plastic Marine Debris

Sea Education Association (SEA) is preparing to conduct the first-ever research expedition dedicated solely to examining the accumulation of plastic marine debris in the North Atlantic Ocean.  The expedition, scheduled to begin in June, will expand upon a 20-year data set previously collected by SEA that reveals a region of extensive plastic pollution in a narrow latitude band in the western North Atlantic Ocean.   This trip will explore an area southeast of Bermuda that, it is hypothesized, is an extension of the high plastic pollution region defined by more than 200 previous SEA voyages in the Western North Atlantic. Observations from those trips indicate the area has large concentrations of plastic debris comparable to the region of the Eastern North Pacific Ocean dubbed the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The expedition is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, and is in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woods Hole Sea Grant.  The cruise, tentatively scheduled for June 10-July 14, will take place on the SSV Corwith Cramer, SEA’s 134-foot brigantine-rigged sailing oceanographic research vessel. The crew will consist of 11 professional mariners and up to 22 additional participants, many of them alumni of SEA’s core academic program, SEA Semester.

Cruise details


Field Trip Cruise Aboard Collecting Vessel – Woods Hole

Bring your class on a field trip to Woods Hole to collect specimens and observe the diversity of the benthic community. Experience first-hand how organisms are collected for scientific study, cruise aboard the collecting vessel R/V Freedom.  Sponsored by the Zephyr Education Foundation

Educator Appreciation Night at New England Aquarium – September 30

On Wednesday, September 30 join your colleagues for a fun, informative evening exploring the educational programs offered at the Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theatre.  Experience a Giant Ocean Tank Talk,  embark on a cruise of Boston Harbor,  catch a screening of Under the Sea 3D in our IMAX theater and more!

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  (Early birds may arrive at 3:30 p.m. for free Duck Boat tours and a harbor cruise)

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE!

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by Monday, September 28. Space is limited, and events are on a first come, first served basis.

To register, visit http://www.neaq.org/educators.

Please note: This event is for educators only.  Please pass this information on to other colleagues.

For questions, please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206.

Sunset Whale Watch to Benefit Humpback Whale Studies at PCCS

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS)  invites you to a whale watch on Friday, August 7, 2009, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Complimentary wine, beer & picnic supper–$100 all inclusive. Free one-year membership for newcomers to PCCS!
Reserve by calling 508-487-3622, ext. 104 or e-mailing jeyoung@coastalstudies.org
All proceeds directly benefit the Humpback Whale Studies Program, which has been studying and protecting the whales you watch for over 30 years

Follow a Teacher’s Expedition to the Bering Sea

Tom Harten, a teacher with the CHESPAX environmental education program of the Calvert County Public Schools in Maryland, will travel to the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea as part of the PolarTREC program, a project that partners teachers with scientists conducting polar research in both the arctic and in Antarctica. Starting on July 15, Harten’s month-long project will investigate the impact of climate change on seabirds nesting on these remote islands. He will post journal entries from the field as video and audio podcasts and answer questions from students and teachers.