Teachers on the Estuary PD Workshops Applications Due

Applications for Teachers on the Estuary professional development workshops in New England are due this Friday,  April 30. This summer three New England National Estuarine Research Reserves will offer Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) professional development workshops.  Each workshop is a research and field-based professional development opportunity designed to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of estuaries using local research examples.  The workshops will provide resources and hands-on experiences to support the incorporation of estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching.

The Narragansett Bay TOTE held in Bristol, Rhode Island (with a day on Prudence Island) will run from June 28 to July 1, 2010 with a half day follow-up on November 6, 2010.

The Waquoit Bay TOTE on Cape Cod in Massachusetts will run from July 12 to 15 with a half day follow-up on November 20, 2010.

The Wells TOTE in Wells, Maine will run from July 26 to 29, 2010 with a half day follow-up on November 6, 2010.

The workshops are designed for middle and high school teachers, but other educators are welcome to apply.  Participants will work with local scientists and coastal educators to explore estuary habitats and practice field and classroom-based studies and activities.  Learn how to use real data and guide student investigations while trying out a new web-based estuary curriculum.  The workshops are free, but space is limited, so an application is required (available on the websites listed above).

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