Professional Development with the new gundalow Piscataqua!

Gundalow Company is offering a free professional development workshop this summer aboard its new gundalow. Fifth- and sixth-grade teachers* will learn to use hands-on science activities, field experiences and local scientific data to teach about marine life, water quality and human impact on the local environment. All activities will be based in Portsmouth, NH over several days: August 16 and 17 for classroom and field work; a half-day in September for a free boat-based field trip for your class; and a follow-up evening session in October.

Registration now open with limited space. Please e-mail for registration and information.
*While this is geared toward fifth and sixth grade teachers, registration will be extended to other grades as space allows.

This workshop is offered at no cost to teachers thanks to funding through NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training Program – which is designed to provide “meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEE)”. The nonprofit Gundalow Company is one of four organizations working together on NEOSEC’s “Get WET in New England”.

New England B-WET: Building New England Connections

Building New England Connections (BNEC) will bring together teams of teachers using the watersheds and coastal environments of New England as a context for learning. Project Oceanology and Connecticut Sea Grant are providing this opportunity with funding from NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

• A 2-day professional development session where you will be immersed in a model research experience while sharing ideas and resources to facilitate the incorporation of estuarine and watershed concepts into your classroom curriculum.

• Participants receive resources for your classroom, including NOAA’s Discovery Kit modules (Estuaries; Tides; Currents; Pollution), Investigating the Marine Environment CD ROM, and six online Watershed Lesson Modules

• Two teachers and up to one hundred (100) of their students will participate in a 2-day overnight research project of coastal and watershed environments including an oceanographic research cruise, laboratory and field studies (Max of 2 experiences per team).

• One team from each New England state will participate

• The 2-day professional development session will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 5 & 6, 2010. In case of bad weather on Friday, the workshop will be moved to Saturday and Sunday. Experiences for student groups will be scheduled for the winter and spring of 2011.

• Takes place at Project Oceanology in Groton, Connecticut. A state-of-the-art facility with science laboratories, meeting space, a cafeteria, research vessels, and overnight accommodations on site (hostel). For more information and images, visit

Next steps:

• Form a team from your school (2 teachers and 1 supervisor or 3 teachers) and contact Diana Payne.

CONTACT: Lauren Rader, Project Oceanology, (v) 860.445.9007 (e)

Diana Payne, Connecticut Sea Grant, (v) 860.405.9248, (e)

Teachers on the Estuary, PD Course

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,  Falmouth, MA, offers Teachers on the Estuary, a National Estuarine Research Reserve System program.  A field and research-based professional development course integrating content, methods, and activities on  Watersheds and Estuaries.  July 12 – 15 plus follow up session November 2, 2010.  Designed for teachers of grades 9-12, others welcome to apply. Work with local scientists and marine educators, explore coastal habitats and carry out field studies, learn how to use real data and guide student investigations. This course is supported by NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program. The course is free to participants but space is limited so application is required by April 30.  Application form and course description are available at

The course is also being offered at Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence island, RI, June 28- July 1, 2010 and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, ME, July 26-29, 2010.  For more information visit