Category Archives: Past Events

Boston Harbor Educators Conference

The Boston Harbor Educators Conference will be held Saturday October 3, 2009.  The conference title is “Celebrating the Beauty of a Resource Long Forgotten”, and will be a day of discovery featuring a cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area to Thompson Island. Using all of our senses, we will learn about the islands, their living and cultural resources and ways we can incorporate these invaluable local sites into our lesson plans.
LOCATION: UMass Boston/Fox Point Pavilion for registration at 8:00 AM, Boston Harbor Islands cruise to Thompson Island for workshops and keynote presentation.  Boat departure at 9:00 AM, return to UMass at 5:00 PM.
Program fee of $40 covers boat tour and transit to and from Thompson Island, all workshops, keynote presentation and lunch.
For more information or to register visit the MME website

Sponsors: Massachusetts Marine Educators, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area,
UMass Boston/Marine Operations, Ocean River Institute, and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Casco Bay Film Festival

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival hosted by Friends of Casco Bay, on Saturday, October 3rd 5-8:45 p.m., in Abromson Auditorium on University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. This event, to benefit Friends of Casco Bay, features a selection of award-winning films, food catered by Whole Foods, and a cash bar. Doors open at 4 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Tickets go on sale September 1st online or in person at Whole Foods Market, Portland.

Lecture on Seals of Cape Cod

Upcoming lecture at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary:  “SEALS OF CAPE COD” by Lisa Sette, Biologist with Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Wednesday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

Seals swimming in the surf or resting on shore have become an increasingly common sight along our shores, especially on the Outer Cape. Lisa Sette, a biologist with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, is particularly interested in the haul-out sites of gray and harbor seals and she has started a pilot study to use these resting sites to help her gain more information about seal behavior and population dynamics. On Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Lisa Sette will speak about her seal research. The talk is open to the public. Cost is $5 for Mass Audubon and $7 for non-members. Discount is also extended to Center for Coastal Studies members. No registration is required. For more information contact 508-349-2615.

Webinar on Science Communication

On September 30, 1 pm US EDT, the Ecosystem Based Management Tools Network will offer a webinar –  Overview of Science Communication Tools – by Bill Dennison and Tim Carruthers of the University of Maryland.  The Integration and Application Network (IAN) produces a variety of communication products including newsletters, posters, books, reports, brochures, and conceptual diagrams. These products synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques. This webinar will give an overview of the scientific communication products that IAN produces with a focus on conceptual diagrams and conceptual diagramming tools.  Conceptual diagrams or “thought drawings” depict essential attributes of the system and can evolve to capture increased understanding of the system.  They can help clarify thinking and avoid ambiguity, provide a communication interface that combines current scientific understanding with community priorities and environmental values, and identify gaps and priorities.  IAN provides a variety of resources, examples, tools and tutorials available along with a symbol library of over 1500 custom symbols to help you produce your own conceptual diagrams.  Learn more Web conferencing information about this tool demonstration will be sent out via the EBM Tools Network mailing list a few weeks before the webinar.

Ocean Explorium Ocean Voice Speaker Series

*August 11*

7-8 PM

*The Future of Salt Marshes as Sea Level Rises*

How do coastal marshes respond to changes in sea level? Sea level has risen over the past centuries, but the rate is increasing with very different responses in places such as Massachusetts, Louisiana, andWashington. Come listen to salt marsh expert John Teal, scientist emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, explain this phenomenon and its environmental impact on these important ecological areas and human activities.

Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport

174 Union Street

New Bedford MA 02719

ph: 508-994-5400

Admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors and children

BioBlitz! at SeaCoast Science Center in New Hampshire

On Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM join scientists, field naturalists and backyard enthusiasts at the annual Seacoast Science Center BioBlitz! to appreciate and learn about Biodiversity. Participants scour 135 acres and seven different habitats to record data on as many different species in Odiorne State Park as possible in one day.  To date over 1600 species have been identified in the park. The most found on any one day is 850 species. The seven habitats include: the rocky shore, the salt marsh, a pond, uplands, meadow, and salt pond. There will be programs going on all day that will connect you with the scientists in the field and will help you learn to identify species within Odiorne Point State Park.

The Bioblitz Base will be in the Gregg Interactive Learning Studio at the Seacoast Science Center. This room features three large hanging screens and a full production studio that will showcase the organisms discovered over the course of the day. Networked touch screen tablet PC’s embedded in workstations, microscopes and a document camera attached to a projector system will also be in use, making this year truly an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.

Contact Perrin Chick at the Seacoast Science Center if you have questions about the event, or wish to register for Bioblitz, at 603-436-8043 x17 or p.cothran@seacentr.org. Sponsored by Normandeau Associates, Center admission is free of charge for registered BioBlitz! participants.

Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop at University of Connecticut

Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) – Ocean Systems presents an  Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop at the University of Connecticut (Avery Point Campus), Friday, October 9 (8:30AM – 5PM) & Saturday, October 10 (8:30AM – 12noon). This unique 1.5 day workshop will team ten (10) formal and informal educators with researchers to create multimedia learning resources.

More details about the workshop

Meet the participating scientists

Learn about a previous COSEE-OS Educator-Scientist workshop (held at UNH in March 2009)

Application deadline: Monday, August 31, 2009

Apply online!

Application information will be used to match you with a research scientist based on your interests, and will be also used to evaluate what you gained from the workshop.

Contact:  Carla Companion at <carla.companion@maine.edu>