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2018 Ocean Literacy Summit Report

by Jordan Marino and Val Perini, Northeastern University Marine Science Center

On November 15th & 16th the New England Ocean Science Collaborative (NEOSEC) hosted the seventh biennial Ocean Literacy Summit, at Northeastern University and UMass Boston. The Summit planning team, composed of marine scientists, educators, and ocean literacy leaders in New England, put together a two-day program that followed the theme of Ocean Literacy Principle 2: the ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth. Through presentations, lightning talks, and demonstrations, people came together to share best practices to promote ocean literacy by making marine science more accessible to public audiences. This year also included a special focus on creativity and science and using art and other non-traditional methods of science communication.

The event started with a splash on Thursday with morning workshops at Northeastern University in Boston, afternoon field trips hosted by local NEOSEC partner organizations, and an evening Science Café at the Boston Winery. The four workshops included topics of advancing ocean literacy with technology, using creativity and art to promote science communication, using citizen science to engage the public in ocean research, and an introduction to the Ocean Literacy Framework and its development. Each workshop started with presentations and introductions from a panel of presenters, followed by time for participants to ask questions, try out activities, and explore resources related to each topic. Workshop spaces were a buzz as attendees met presenters and colleagues, brainstorming about how to apply these resources to their work.

Diana Payne from Connecticut Sea Grant, and Sarah Schoedinger from NOAA Office of Education, led the workshop titled, “Ocean Literacy 101: How the Concept of What Everyone Should Know About the Ocean Changed the World”. Diana and Sarah, who contributed to the development of the Ocean Literacy Principles, discussed their conception, and how they have evolved to be included in education standards across the world. The National Science Education Standards have little content on marine science and with this void in mind, the goal of the Ocean Literacy Principles was to provide a framework for integrating ocean literacy into science education.

Sara Williams (left/above) and Dr. Joe Ayers (right/below), from Northeastern University Marine Science Center, give a tour of their labs.

After these workshops, participants were able to choose a field trip to attend. Conference attendees toured labs, met researchers, and enjoyed spectacular ocean views at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, met cuttlefish, sharks, and penguins at the New England Aquarium, visited Courageous Sailing and the USS Constitution in Charlestown Navy Yard, and learned about one of the country’s first metropolitan water systems at the Waterworks Museum.

Dr. Joe Ayers from Northeastern University Marine Science Center gave a tour of his lab.

After field trips, participants made their way to the Boston Winery, for some evening libations, pizza, and conversation. After an entertaining and informative tour by the grandson of the Winery’s founder, participants were treated to three short talks on living shorelines and coastal resilience in Boston. Local scientists, engineers, and landscape architects gave an overview of local work they are doing to prepare Massachusetts for sea level rise. Three chapters of NMEA sponsored the science café: Southeastern New England Marine
Educators (SENEME), Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME), and Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA). Each brought materials to share with attendees. Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management also shared valuable resources they’ve developed to help youth and the public better understand threats facing coastal habitats, and the path towards a more resilient coastline.

On day two of the Summit at UMass Boston, Jeff Donnelly, Senior Scientist and Director at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, kicked off the morning with the Keynote Address discussing his research on hurricane effects on coastal landforms and ecosystems. He shared how hurricanes have evolved over time, and what changes may come in the future. The keynote address was followed by a panel on Sea Level Rise, with a diverse group of panelists who fielded questions from education and outreach, to weather and climate change action plans. They provided several ways to educate the public on sea level rise, and how to stay optimistic about the future. There was a great conversation amongst audience members on successes and challenges of communicating climate change with the public.

Jeff Donnelly, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, delivers the Keynote Address at UMass Boston.

The rest of the day included a science and education fair with hands-on demonstrations and activities, exhibitors of various organizations, lightning talks, and concurrent sessions.

At the science and education fair, a diversity of presenters showcased hands-on classroom activities, from oceanographic monitoring with drifters, to exploring erosion with model “coastlines” in paint trays.  The concurrent sessions paired a scientist and educator to share their expertise on a variety of topics from earth’s recent geologic history, to the influence of ocean life on landforms, to seaweed art.

Just when folks might be feeling an afternoon slump, the learning and fun continued with a marine trivia hour over drinks and snacks, hosted by Edgar B. Herwick III from the WGBH Curiosity Desk. Teams wracked their brains through several rounds of tough questions and after an extremely close competition, team Nudi but Nice clinched the win by only ½ a point!

The Summit concluded with a marine art show: educators and artists showed and sold their art, inspired by their work with the ocean. Artwork ranged from photography, paintings, knit marine animals, algae pressings, and even pottery made with the shimmering purple sands found on local beaches.

Aimee Bonanno, NEOSEC Program Manager, shows off the beautifully made marine animals at the Art Show.

Overall the 2018 Ocean Literacy Summit was a great success. Special thanks to the Summit Steering Committee, including Aimee Bonanno NEOSEC Program Manager, Heather Deschenes Summit Steering Committee Chair, and Val Perini NEOSEC Chair and to all summit sponsors, especially our ocean sustainers and explorers: The New England Aquarium, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program, Maine Coastal Program, and NERACOOS.


Seacoast Science Center Heritage Dinner Series

Strange and Macabre Tales from the Isles of Shoals
with SSC’s Shoals Historian Ann Beattie

Thursday, February 23, 6 pm
Sponsored by Appledore Marine Engineering

Ann Beattie, renowned local historian, has a new collection of uncommonly odd tales from the Isles of Shoals. Based on rigorous research of archival materials, you’ll hear stories about pirates, ghosts, raids, shipwrecks, epidemics, murder and corporate take-over.

Step back in time and explore the antiquated and isolated village of Gosport on Star Island. Explore some of the more peculiar aspects of the murders on Smuttynose Island and discover why the story told by the sole survivor of the violent attack scandalized the nation. Learn of the little-known and mysterious reappearance of famous Shoals poet Celia Thaxter in New York City after her death in 1894.

Dine out on scintillating tales of love and loss at the ghastly and glorious Isles of Shoals! Social hour is 6-7p.m.; dinner and presentation follows. The cost is $45/person for members; $55/person non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to the website or contact Nichole at 603-436-8043, ext. 26. Reservations must be made by February 20.

Upcoming Green Teacher Webinars

The free Green Teacher webinar series resumes for 2012 with nine new dates/topics announced through March—please find details below. You can sign up for these sessions, and find more information on the presenters, at

Can’t attend a webinar? Don’t worry! Archived recordings of all webinars are also available on The Green Teacher Website. (Archives are available free of charge to anyone for one month following each webinar, and are thereafter available to Green Teacher subscribers.)

Webinar: NASA’s Aquarius Studies Our Salty Seas

Educator Webinars
January 17, 2012 at 7pm ET
Register Now!

Tuesday, January 17th, NASA scientists Gary Lagerloef and David Le Vine will kick off a two-part webinar series focusing on never-before-seen discoveries by the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission. By measuring our salty seas, Aquarius sheds light on the inner workings of ocean circulation as well as providing more insight into global system processes such as climate. The 90-minute webinar for educators will reveal some of the complexities of getting accurate salinity measurements from space, as well as the many challenges that have been addressed throughout the history of the Aquarius mission.

As part of each interactive webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a live question and answer session with the presenting scientists. The concept map-based webinars will also provide participants with a rich collection of educational resources relating to Aquarius, salinity and technology.

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

For more information about the webinar series, visit email Annette deCharon at annette.decharon@maine.edur.

Webinar: Paid Summer Research Experiences

Paid Summer Research Experience

What are they good for? How does it all work?
Tips on Finding and Applying to Programs

  • Join our webinar on Thurs, Feb 2nd at 7 p.m. EDT for a short presentation followed by a
    Question & Answer period.
  • Learn how to search for and apply to paid summer research experiences.
  • Preregistration is requested. Please sign up and pre-share your questions with us at:
  • The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) is a non-profit organization created to design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and careers for diverse underrepresented groups. Web:

    Questions about webinar? Please contact:

    Chris Cash
    Director of Student Assistance Programs
    Institute for Broadening Participation
    P.O. Box 607
    Damariscotta, ME 04543
    Mobile 207-975-0003
    Office 866-593-9103

Upcoming Events at Gundalow

Don’t miss your chance to attend the historic launch of our new gundalow on Saturday, December 10th!
Become a member today at the Mate level with a gift of $100 and receive a VIP pass for two to attend this momentous event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Also, Gundalow will host Energy Alternatives: a panel discussion, a free event on Wednesday, December 14. Visit their site for more information on both events.

Upcoming Events at Gundalow

Don’t miss your chance to attend the historic launch of our new gundalow on Saturday, December 10th!
Become a member today at the Mate level with a gift of $100 and receive a VIP pass for two to attend this momentous event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Also, Gundalow will host Energy Alternatives: a panel discussion, a free event on Wednesday, December 14. Visit their site for more information on both events.

Green Teacher Celebrates 20 Years with Fall Issue and Webinar

The Green Teacher Fall issue, “Navigating the Climate Crisis,” marks a 20-year milestone since the first issue of Green Teacher was published in 1991. Editor Tim Grant reflects on how EE has changed over the last 20 years, and looks forward with hope for the future. The issue is filled with articles on a wide number of topics—from helping children come to grips with the current realities of climate change, to innovative strategies for successful outdoor field trips, to helping students anticipate and shape the future, and much more.


Sustainable Happiness, Hope & Resiliency
December 5, 2011, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, ET
Join Catherine O’Brien and Elin Kelsey for an inspiring conversation about sustainable happiness, hope, and resiliency. In the Summer 2011 issue of Green Teacher, Catherine, and Elin introduced these concepts and why it’s so important to move beyond “gloom and doom.” After short presentations, they will share some of the ways they are seeing this work moving out in the world so that participants can start to think of implications for their personal and professional life.

Outdoor Teaching Mistakes
December 7, 2011, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, ET
Presented by Brad Daniel, Professor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies at Montreat College. This webinar will help participants become better outdoor educators by presenting and discussing a variety of mistakes made by those who teach in the outdoors. After a short video illustrating many of these mistakes, a comprehensive list will be compiled and solutions to each one will be presented and discussed.

Building Evaluation Capacity Workshop

The Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) at Lesley University presents:

Building Evaluation Capacity

A workshop series designed to:

• Build your understanding of program evaluation;
• Expand your professional toolbox with practical suggestions and techniques you can use in your organization;
• Create useful evaluation questions, and an overall plan that meets your program’s needs;
• Develop effective data collection strategies;
• Analyze your data and learn how to use your findings to strengthen your program;
• Develop your own capacity to conduct internal evaluations with guidance from PERG’s experienced evaluators.

Three Fridays: December 9, 2011
and February 10 and May 11, 2012: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cost: $175/session, $475 for full workshop series

To Register/For more information: Contact Judah Leblang, PERG Senior Research Associate at 617-349-8661 or

Lunch will be provided

BEC-Lesley flier(docx)

CLEAN Pathway Project Interactive Webinar

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway project ( is pleased to announce the third in our 2011-2012 professional development series of 2-hour interactive webinars to support secondary teachers who teach about climate and energy.

For middle and high school teachers, join us for a two hour interactive webinar on Tuesday, November 15th: “Teaching About Climate Literacy Essential Principle #3: Life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate”, with content focused on the biosphere as a major driver of the carbon cycle and how changes in the carbon cycle impact ecosystems. Presenters will address key science concepts that are particularly difficult for students to understand, highlight common student misconceptions, and suggest ways to approach them in your teaching. Participants will also explore and discuss resources in the the CLEAN collection that speak to these difficult concepts.

Time – 4-6 pm Pacific | 5-7 pm Mountain | 6-8 pm Central | 7-9 pm Eastern. This event is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required. For details about this event and to register, go to

Questions? Contact Marian Grogan at .