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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
DC
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.

Carpool and Room share at the 2014 Ocean Literacy Summit

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Attending the Ocean Literacy Summit?  

Help us have a green event: carpool or find a roommate!

This year’s Summit is at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA.  Rooms are available right at MBL for a great rate of $48 for double-occupancy. Correspond with other attendees by commenting on this post – and find a ride or share a room!

To comment, click on the headline above and a comment box will open below the post. See you at the Summit!

Environmental Literacy Plan Survey

Massachusetts is currently working on drafting an Environmental Literacy Plan which will present a unified and collaborative framework across sectors to support an environmentally literate citizenry.  While some states have ELPs that are designed just for K-12, Massachusetts has committed to developing a plan that is ‘Pre-K to gray’.

Please help create a shared vision across sectors.  The hope is that this survey will reach not only environmental educators and classroom teachers but all organization or community groups that have a stake in our natural resources.  This could be business, government, non-profits but also clubs or recreation groups.

Feel free to share this information with your networks in the state.

There is also a second survey for teens.

http://sageee.wordpress.com/ma-elp/

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.

FREE WEBINARS:

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.
http://www.greenteacher.com

Aquariums and Climate Coalition Launch Climate Interpreter Website

The Aquariums and Climate Coalition has established a new web site (www.climateinterpreter.org) for building capacity among informal science educators/interpreters for communicating about climate change to public audiences. Although this work was initially focused only on personnel working at aquariums, the high level of interest and participation from individuals working at other types of organizations (non-profit, government, etc.) has resulted in re-inventing their original web portal for this broader audience.

The web site features past webinars as well as links to salient resources related to communicating about climate change with audiences in informal/non-formal settings.

Coming up on November 2nd, there will be a webinar entitled, “Addressing Climate Change with Children and Youth”. There is no cost to attend this webinar, but you will want to visit their web site to ensure your computer is set up to access it.

Here’s more information on that upcoming webinar:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10:00 am – 11:15 am PDT

Join David Sobel, author of Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, Tamara Schwarz of the Chabot Space and Science Center, and Nancy Hotchkiss of the National Aquarium in Baltimore for a lively conversation about communicating climate messages to children and families. We will discuss a range of issues and techniques that are developmentally appropriate for children of different ages, and learn from two coalition members who are putting theory into practice through exhibits, informal education programs, and youth training activities.

Visit the Events page on Climate Interpreter for more details.

You will need to ensure that our webinar and online event software program is installed on your computer before you can join the event. Please follow the link below to a page on Climate Interpreter with instructions on how to login and run the required software. To avoid missing any of the event, please follow these steps in advance.
Click here for instructions on how to participate in this online event

Aquariums and Climate Coalition Launch Climate Interpreter Website

The Aquariums and Climate Coalition has established a new web site (www.climateinterpreter.org) for building capacity among informal science educators/interpreters for communicating about climate change to public audiences. Although this work was initially focused only on personnel working at aquariums, the high level of interest and participation from individuals working at other types of organizations (non-profit, government, etc.) has resulted in re-inventing their original web portal for this broader audience.

The web site features past webinars as well as links to salient resources related to communicating about climate change with audiences in informal/non-formal settings.

Coming up on November 2nd, there will be a webinar entitled, “Addressing Climate Change with Children and Youth”. There is no cost to attend this webinar, but you will want to visit their web site to ensure your computer is set up to access it.

Here’s more information on that upcoming webinar:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10:00 am – 11:15 am PDT

Join David Sobel, author of Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, Tamara Schwarz of the Chabot Space and Science Center, and Nancy Hotchkiss of the National Aquarium in Baltimore for a lively conversation about communicating climate messages to children and families. We will discuss a range of issues and techniques that are developmentally appropriate for children of different ages, and learn from two coalition members who are putting theory into practice through exhibits, informal education programs, and youth training activities.

Visit the Events page on Climate Interpreter for more details.

You will need to ensure that our webinar and online event software program is installed on your computer before you can join the event. Please follow the link below to a page on Climate Interpreter with instructions on how to login and run the required software. To avoid missing any of the event, please follow these steps in advance.
Click here for instructions on how to participate in this online event

National Marine Educators Association Conference (NMEA) Wrap-up

New England was fortunate to host this year’s National Marine Educators Association Conference NMEA 2011!  The Massachusetts Chapter of NMEA, Massachusetts Marine Educators, organized and welcomed more than 350 educators and scientists from around the world to Northeastern University in Boston June 27 to July 3, 2011.

As is the case every year at an NMEA conference, three days of concurrent sessions provided a wealth of knowledge, resources and inspiration. These sessions and the committee meetings were part of the continued efforts of marine educators, both nationally and internationally, to create a more ocean literate society. All of the more than 130 workshops in 13 time slots shared different aspects of and ways to advance the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy among multiple audiences.

NEOSEC members volunteered to keep the conference running smoothly, and presented four sessions on Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1.  All were well-attended, with great questions and feedback from participants – especially those who took part in our “candy NaGISA” training as part of the Summer Science in New England presentation!  For presentation materials, check out these links:

Collaboration that Works:  Promoting Ocean Literacy in New England <pdf>

Get WET in New England:  Ocean Literacy through Watershed Education and Training <pdf>

Summer Science in New England:  Ocean Education through Informal Science Centers <prezi link for now>

Families by the Seaside: Building Community-based Outdoor Ocean Science Learning Experiences<link>

An exciting development came from a meeting of International Marine Educators on the Monday prior to the conference. The attendees devoted a great deal of time to identify logical and inexpensive means to spread the word across the Atlantic, within Europe. A small European chapter of NMEA is most likely in the works to facilitate the efforts already underway to promote ocean literacy in those countries.

Thanks to Bob Rocha for contributions to this post.

New physical science activity available on the Discovery of Sound in the Sea website

Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS; www.dosits.org) is one of the most comprehensive Internet resources on underwater sound. The DOSITS website and its associated educational materials introduce the science and uses of underwater sound and provide easy, efficient access to timely peer-reviewed content on the effects of underwater sound on marine animals. In addition to in-depth science content, the DOSITS website contains interactive galleries, including an extensive Audio Gallery (link) containing over 60 examples of sound sources found in the global ocean. The DOSITS website also includes a special section for teachers (link) with resources and classroom activities.

The DOSITS team is excited to announce the availability of a new, inquiry-based activity (link)
that explores how the different properties of water can cause underwater sound to change. Using simple materials, students design experiments and make predictions on how underwater sound may be altered as a result of temperature changes, the introduction of bubbles, and other modifications to the water column.

In addition to the new activity, the front page interactive has been updated to reflect new content available on the DOSITS site. Please take time to explore information on Right Whales,
acoustic tagging of marine mammals, ocean noise budgets, sounds of hydrothermal vents, and other new content areas!

The information presented on the DOSITS website and its associated educational materials is based solely on current published scientific research, and all content has undergone a thorough review by a panel of scientific experts. The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website has been developed and produced by the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Office of Marine Programs (OMP) in partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc., with support from the Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

Please visit the site and let us know what you think via our public input survey (link). To receive more information about the Discovery of Sound in the Sea Project, please contact Celia Cackowski via email celia@gso.uri.edu.

Coastal Studies For Girls Has Fall Openings

Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG) is the country’s first residential science and leadership semester school for tenth grade girls. CSG features a marine science and leadership curriculum, while also offering classes in English, history, math and foreign languages. Students leave their home school and apply to attend our 16 week Fall or Spring Term at our Freeport, Maine campus. CSG accepts applications from girls in the U.S. and other nations, including those currently attending public, independent or home schools. CSG girls share a love of learning, an adventurous spirit, and a desire to challenge themselves. For details and application see www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org

Coastal Studies For Girls Has Fall Openings

Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG) is the country’s first residential science and leadership semester school for tenth grade girls. CSG features a marine science and leadership curriculum, while also offering classes in English, history, math and foreign languages. Students leave their home school and apply to attend our 16 week Fall or Spring Term at our Freeport, Maine campus. CSG accepts applications from girls in the U.S. and other nations, including those currently attending public, independent or home schools. CSG girls share a love of learning, an adventurous spirit, and a desire to challenge themselves. For details and application see www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org