Category Archives: Past Events

Live Webcast on Sea Turtles

Join Connie Merigo, manager of the New England Aquarium’s Rescue & Rehab department, for a live webcast from the new Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA.  The webcast will discuss how to tell the difference between green sea turtles and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Time: 1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.


Film Series

Gundalow Company presents a winter film series. All films will be shown at the Gundalow Company at 60 Marcy Street in Portsmouth.

January 19, 7:00 pm — “Around Cape Horn”

Captain Irving Johnson sailed aboard the Peking in 1929, as the sun set on the days of commercial sail. During his voyage on the big German four masted barque, Johnson compiled unequaled footage of the crew’s daily activities, and spectacular images of a wild storm as the ship made the dangerous passage around Cape Horn. Johnson’s narration of the trip is a delight. Retired in 1975, this historic vessel now resides at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.

February 16, 7:00 pm — “Abandoned in the Arctic”

Introduced by Executive Producer, Dr. Geoffrey E. Clark

In August 1881, Lt. Adolphus W. Greely and a team of 24 determined men set out as part of the First International Polar Year to build a research station on Ellesmere Island, 450 miles from the North Pole. The Lady Franklin Bay Expedition began as the most ambitious arctic expedition in United States history, but was destined to descend into a three year journey through frozen hell – a voyage of forced retreat, starvation, brewing mutiny and cannibalism. Against all odds, six men survived. “Abandoned” attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding what really happened during the three years Greely and his men were marooned in the arctic.

March 16, 7:00 pm — “Fame: The Salem Privateer”

Explore the career of Fame, from her triumphant first cruise to her stormy end in the Bay of Fundy, and chronicles the building of a full-scale, double-sawn-frame replica some 200 years later. This documentary follows Harold Burnham through every step of construction, from lofting to launch.

“Canal Schooner Lois McClure”

Post film discussion with Paul Rollins

In 2002, a team of boat builders, including Paul Rollins, spent three seasons constructing a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat. Constructed in Burlington, Vermont, the schooner Lois McClure was built while keeping the shipyard open for visitors to view the work in progress.

The Gundalow Winter Film Series is free and open to the public. For more information, call (603) 433-9505 or email

Mass Marine Educators Upcoming Events

The Massachusetts Marine Educators have several events coming up:

March 16, 2011, High School Marine Science Symposium at UMASS-Dartmouth

April 30, 2011, 35th Annual Meeting and Conference at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

June 29 – July 3, 2011, National Marine Educators Conference at Northeastern University in Boston

For more details on these events or information on how to join MME, please visit

National Ocean Policy Stakeholder Meeting- Dec 9- Boston

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Departments of Defense, the Interior and Homeland Security invite you to a Town Hall forum for ocean stakeholders in New England on President Obama’s new National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes. The forum will be held on Thursday, December 9th from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA.  More >>

Family-Friendly Talk: Listening to Fish – New Bedford, MA

Next in the Ocean Explorium Ocean Voice speaker series:

Listening to fish: a virtually unexplored world of drumming, grunting, squeaks, squeals, and even farts!

Thursday December 2, reception at 6:15, talk begins at 7:00, Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford, MA

Rodney A. Rountree, Ph.D., Director, Marine Ecology and Technology Applications, Inc., Adjunct Professor, UMass Amherst

Did you know that fish make sounds?  Scientist are learning more and more about the many ways that fish and other aquatic animals use sounds to communicate underwater.  Unfortunately we know very little about underwater communication and sounds completely unknown to science can routinely be recorded right here in the coastal waters of Massachusetts, in the deep canyons offshore and amazingly right off the docks in the heart of New York City; even in the local ponds, rivers and lakes of New England.  Come listen in on the fascinating underwater soundscape!

The Ocean Voice speaker series is held on the first Thursday of each month in 2010 with a pre-talk reception. The reception will begin at 6:15 with refreshments and a chance to mingle with our speakers and view our exhibit space. Talks begin at 7 pm.  Stay tuned for changes to our series in 2011!  More details to come, be sure to check back on our website:

Admission is $4 adults and $3 for seniors and children. Members always free.

Place-Based Learning Symposium, New Bedford

Place-Based Learning connects students to their immediate surroundings and heritage.  This method, sometimes called “pedagogy of place” allows individuals to teach and learn through observation and doing, using personally relevant resources as the context for their academic growth.  Museums, cultural centers, and many other non-traditional learning centers hold a world of educational, historical and cultural materials and experiences that enlighten all who visit them. Coinciding with traditional education practices, Place-Based learning centers possess the potential to enrich the learner’s experience and make difficult concepts clearer to understand.

Join the New Bedford ECHO Project on December 1st – 3rd for the first symposium on Place-Based learning.  The symposium will feature key note speakers including the Secretary of Education, Paul Reville, and concurrent sessions and working groups focused on discovering new partnerships and best practices in Place-Based learning. The conference is free to attend and teachers can receive 10 PDP’s for attending. For more information and how to register visit Or contact: Sara Meirowitz:   508-997-0046 ext. 123 or

Benefit For Women Pursuing Studies In Science

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies will host its Annual Holiday Homeport Banquet on December 9, 2010, 6 p.m. at the Old Jailhouse Tavern in Orleans.  The annual banquet celebrates women in science, community spirit and philanthropy. All proceeds support the Ruth Hiebert Memorial Fellowship, a scholarship awarded annually to a woman affiliated with PCCS, pursuing studies in science.  Tickets are $100. The evening will feature a delectable feast with traditional holiday fare and presentations from accomplished female scientists. Raffle and cash bar available to all attendees. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please call 508.487.3622 ext. 103 to reserve a ticket today.

Lecture Series from Gundalow Company

“Our Waters, Your Future: Choosing to Make a Difference”  Mark your calendars for our fall Contemporary Coastal Issues series, which will examine local water quality issues and explore ways we can all reduce our impact.

November 17, 7:00 pm, Gundalow Company headquarters, 60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, “Engaging Citizens to Protect Our Waters”, Presented by: Candace Dolan, Hodgdon Brook Restoration Project & the Southeast Watershed Alliance Based on her experience with the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project, which utilizes volunteers to protect the coastal watershed and decrease the flow of pollutants into surface waters, Candace will discuss citizen-based projects, such as rain gardens and vegetative buffers, that are already making a positive impact.

December 15, 7:00 pm, Levenson Community Room, Portsmouth Library, “Supporting Sustainable Fisheries”, Panel Discussion with: Bob Campbell, Yankee Fisherman’s Coop, Will Carey, Little Bay Oyster Company,  Carolyn Eastman, Eastman’s Fish Market, Ken LaValley, UNH Cooperative Extention, Sara Zoe Patterson, Seacoast Eat Local, Roger Woodman, Commercial fisherman using 19th Century methods.  Panelists will discuss what current issues face our local fisheries, how their organizations are addressing these challenges and what consumers can do to ensure the long term health of our fisheries.

Talk on Evolution at Ocean Explorium, New Bedford MA

Join the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport this Thursday November 4 for  Evolution is Definitely True: Transforming Public Attitudes Toward the Reality of Evolution,  Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C., Assistant Professor of Biology, UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. will explore the theoretical aspects of the controversy of evolution versus design, document the impact of his teaching program on public attitudes toward evolution, and share trends on the acceptance of evolution worldwide.  Invite your students and we are happy to assist you with providing them extra credit if you so choose!  The talk will be held at the Ocean Explorium, 174 Union St, New Bedford.  Reception at 6:15pm, Talk at 7pm.  Admission is $4 adults and $3 for seniors and children. Members always free.

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