2018 Boston Harbor Educator Conference

Join the Massachusetts Marine Educators for our annual Boston Harbor Educator Conference on September 29, 2018 at UMass Boston. The theme will be “Our New Boston Harbor Shoreline.” Conference will include exciting speakers, hands-on workshops, a panel discussion and an afternoon cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands! Our keynote speaker will be Frederick A. Laskey, Executive Director, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).

 This year’s workshop topics include coastal storms, sea level rise, ocean acidification, stormwater, North Atlantic right whales, sturgeon conservation, and seashells as versatile teaching tools.

 For registration and full conference details, visit Please note that early registration rates end on September 10!

NMEA Call for Papers

Call For Papers:  National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference

June 29 – July 3, 2011 Boston, MA

Hosted by Massachusetts Marine Educators

Calling all educators, scientists, swimmers, and all who love to learn and teach about the world of water!  Come share your experiences, information, and ideas for lessons at the 2011 National Marine Educators Association Annual conference in Boston, MA. Please see strand topics listed below and note that each session must relate to one of the Ocean literacy principles.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 18, 2011.

Strand themes for NMEA 2011

Audiences – Focus is on cultivating a global community of water conservationists. Presenters are invited to share strategies and programs that focus on connecting to underrepresented audiences.

Breakthroughs – Focus is on scientific research and new technologies that enable us to better understand the ocean, including the role of freshwater is it applies to inland waterways and it so impact on the ocean.

Partnerships – Focus is on successful partnerships and collaborations among educators, researchers, diverse audiences and communities as well as opportunities for teacher training, grants, awards and classroom funding.

Research – Focus is on behavioral patterns of students and educators in schools, and other organ-izations as they relate to ocean literacy. Presenters are invited to share their specific projects.

STEM – Focus is on combining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in order to provide inquiry opportunities to enhance students’ understandings of aquatic ecosystems.

Sustainability – Focus is on conservation issues as they pertain to the well-being of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.  Specific topics may include global climate change, policy initiatives and local success stories.

Teaching – Focus is on successful classroom experiences using aquatic  and marine themes.  Presenters are invited to share their best practices.

Traditional Knowledge – Focus is on the long standing traditions, practices and cultures of regional, indigenous and local communities as they relate to freshwater and marine environments.  Traditional ecological knowledge is cultural practice based on generations of place-based observations and empirical, experiential information.  Presenters are invited to share perspectives, programs and strategies that embrace, support and celebration traditional knowledge.

Contact Pat Harcourt for more information 508 215-9641. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 18, 2011.


NMEA News, the National Marine Educators Association’s newsletter, keeps members up-to-date with news from regional chapters and committees, information about professional development opportunities, and communications from NMEA leadership.  NMEA News is being published exclusively online.  NMEA News, Volume 26, Issue 2, Spring 2010, is available at or by visiting (click on the “view current issue of NMEA News” link).   Online issues will be available for downloading from four times each year, i.e., mid-March, mid-June, mid-September, and mid-December.  The online publication of NMEA News will conserve our natural resources and provide additional funding for NMEA Annual Conference Scholarships.