Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium

April 11-12, 2017

Join colleagues from around the region for two days of networking and learning about what we study and how we study the Boston Harbor estuary and islands. The event will feature field trips, a Science Café, keynote presentations, lightning talks, panels, concurrent presentations, and panels. Keynote speakers are Anne Giblin from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Rich Batiuk from the Chesapeake Bay Program. The event is hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the Boston Harbor Habitat Coalition with additional sponsorship from Boston Harbor Now, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Northeastern University, and UMass Boston. For more information, please visit


Science Cafes return for 2017

Join us at Mead Hall for great discussion of ocean plastics and much conviviality.
Where: Mead Hall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA (Kendall station on the Red Line)
When: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Topic: Ocean Plastics
What: Free food, cash bar, great conversations, THREE great speakers:
Keith Cialino – NOAA Ocean Debris Program
Linda Cabot – Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Jessica Donahue –  Sea Education Association (SEA)

GrOE Science Cafe March 29th


GrOE logoCOSEE OCEAN and Graduate students for Ocean Education (GrOE) is hosting another great evening Science Café on TUESDAY MARCH 29th starting at 6:00 pm.

Take the RED LINE to MeadHall in Kendall Square to nosh while you learn about and discuss BLUE ENERGY: The Promise and Pitfalls of Tidal, Wave and Off-shore

Where: MeadHall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA (Kendall station on the Red Line)

When: Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, 6:00-8:30 pm

Topic: BLUE ENERGY: The Promise and Pitfalls of Tidal, Wave and Off-shore Wind Energy

Featuring three experts directly involved with  ocean energy here in Massachusetts. Learn about the amazingly cool technology being developed and deployed right here in New England to harness ocean-based, clean, renewable energy. What is the potential? What are the hurdles? Is there a market? What is the impact on marine systems?

What: Free food, cash bar, great conversations

Hope to see you there!

Please pass on to any students, interns or recent grads that you know  – and join us yourself!


Registration now open! 2016 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop

2016 Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop

Co-sponsored by Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and the College of Exploration

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Registration is now open for the 2016 Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop, 13-15 June 2016 in Paris, France at UNESCO Headquarters.  A draft agenda for the 2016 GOSE workshop is also available.

Several registrations types include a special discount for COSEE members and single day registrations.

The 2016 GOSE Workshop will focus on the global ocean science education priority topics identified during the 2015 workshop:

  • Climate Change – ocean’s effect on climate and the effect of climate change on ocean systems
  • Fisheries and Biodiversity (including food security)
  • Oceans and Human Health (including coastal resiliency)

The workshop will include an effective practices session on marine related citizen science co-led by COSEE and the European Union’s Sea Change Project.

Register now.

Upcoming Events: Spring 2016

Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenges
The public is invited to Salem Sound Coastwatch’s 25th anniversary symposium on “Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenges.” Participants can attend one or both days: Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 8:30-12:30 each day. For a complete agenda and registration information, visit, email or call 978-741-7900.
Ocean Science and Technology Field Trips in Woods Hole
Zephyr Education Foundation hosts school field trips in Woods Hole which include a hands-on scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound, time in the specimen tank room at WHOI, and other activities. For more information, please visit or email Rob Reynolds
Calling All Teachers! FREE Day on Hurricane Island April 22, 2016
We are offering a FREE trip to explore and learn more about the programs we offer through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. If you are a science teacher or would like to learn more about our professional development programs, gaining CEU’s, programs for school groups, and middle and high school summer programs, we want you to come visit for the day! Space is limited! Please email to reserve your spot. Find more information about the day at
Interesting Events at Wells Reserve
Digging In: Understanding the Impacts of Cast Seaweed on Coastal Beaches, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Moonlit Beach Hike, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Communicate Climate Science, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Earth Day Celebration, Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
 Registration is open for our  Summer Professional Development Institutes offered in five Massachusetts regions: North Shore, Cape Cod, Metro-South, Merrimack, and Southeast. These programs kick off with an introductory day in June. We are also offering  Professional Development Seminars on March 17th and April 28th.

Upcoming Events

Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project

– Now accepting applications!

The Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project, based at the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center and the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus, will be accepting high school teachers for a year-long professional development opportunity. The project focuses on providing teachers and students hands on and virtual experiences with new technologies related to exploring the global ocean and discovering pathways to marine careers using these new tools. Participating teachers will engage colleagues and students at their school, receive training, and gain experience in marine and ocean science technologies and receive a stipend.
Application deadline is Friday, January 8, 2015.
For more information and to apply, please visit:

High School Marine Science Symposium

The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting a High School Marine Science Symposium since 1984. This event attracts hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues.  This event features both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers. It is co-sponsored by the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, with additional support from Salem State University.

Today: Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest


Today’s the day: go take a photo at high tide!

Join in the second Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest, taking images of the extreme high tide around midday on October 28, 2015. For more details on submitting photos, see their Participate page.

In conjunction with the Contest, communities are encouraged to organize their own King Tides events—helping people envision future changes. These could include photographic excursions, signs marking future sea levels, street theater, and gallery exhibits.

More information at

Ocean Literacy and the Red Knot

by Carole McCauley
Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Nahant, MA

The long and tenuous journey of a migrating shorebird, the red knot, is the subject of a new book by Gloucester, MA-based writer and environmentalist, Deborah Cramer. “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab & an Epic Journey” is a highly informative narrative of Cramer’s treks from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, where she tracks – over the course of a migration season – the movements of an intrepid sandpiper, the red knot, one of six subspecies of Calidris sandpipers.

Poignant is the parallel between the distance and conditions this improbable sandpiper endures to reach its goal and the learning journeys facilitated by marine educators. This may be particularly true of the journeys of underserved youth, whose environmental education may be challenged by sporadic engagement, competition for limited resources, and the requirement that many ingredients synchronize in the recipe for environmental literacy.  These audiences are less likely to have well-stocked feeding grounds for learning and inspiration.

The red knot, recently designated as a Threatened Species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, faces similar challenges – reduced feeding habitat, long stretches flying between recharges, and increasingly limited resources on the ground to sustain life – particularly tight competition for a decreasing volume of prey. The story of the red knot is as prolific and compelling as more universally known chronicles of animal migration such as those of the sea turtles or Monarch butterflies. “The Narrow Edge” details key facets of red knot biology (e.g., how they are uniquely adapted to double their weight to prepare for a long flight), critical details of their ideal prey (e.g., “superfood” horesehoe crab eggs), and numerous threats to the life-sustaining habitats required by knots and their prey at every stop in their lengthy journey.

Indeed, to understand the incredible and varied conditions required for the red knot to exist, voluminous research is presented that presents and synthesizes content related to most of the Ocean Literacy Principles, particularly related to the finite resources of the ocean, meteorology and climate, nutrient cycling, biodiversity and ecosystems, the interconnectedness of humans and marine resources, and the need for research and discovery. The book is also full of accounts of everyday heroes devoted, in various ways, to shorebird conservation – from an Olympic athlete-turned-biologist to a wealthy estate owner to field biologists to a military veteran for whom half a lifetime of shoreline monitoring was the balm that eased his post traumatic stress.

This compelling account of the red knot is one worth telling, carefully pulling together and presenting the Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy in a story that is not without hope and inspiration, the fuel that even marine educators need when flying long and hard through our busy seasons.

See Deborah Cramer speak about her new book at the following events:

New England Aquarium 

Thursday, Sept. 24nd, 7:00 p.m.


Mystic Aquarium

Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 6:30pm


World Oceans Day is June 8th

      The theme for this year is Healthy Oceans, healthy planet. Like a human heart, the oceans are tied to global health. This metaphor can easily be tied to many of the ocean literacy principles – don’t miss this opportunity to educate!

World Ocean Day Activities from NEOSEC members:

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Monday, June 8          11:00am – 3:00pm

Free with Zoo admission

Come celebrate World Oceans Day at the Zoo! This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting our oceans and everyday actions they can take to help protect them.

New England Aquarium
Blue Discoveries Family Day: World Oceans Day Festival

Sunday, June 7          11:00am – 3:00pm
All activities are free and open to the public! NOTE this does not include Aquarium admission.

World Oceans Day is a time to celebrate the efforts of our entire community in protecting the blue planet. The New England Aquarium is teaming up with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to invite the public to a family-friendly day that showcases the conservation efforts of community groups, vendors and non-profits.

NAMEPA will be at Capitol Hill Oceans Week in Washington
Saturday, June 6th    10:00am – 2:00pm
Activities are free with cost of admission
World Oceans Day activities include a visit from Coast Guard Auxiliary on safe boating practices, sustainable seafood, hands on activities on intro to the ocean and marine debris, water conservation, and a rov in the Marsh Trek exhibit (weather permitting), plus crafts and a scavenger hunt.