Educator Workshops

Looking for continuing education in new marine science developments to enrich classroom activities?
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UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant offer annual programs introducing Georgia teachers to the latest marine science developments and techniques, enabling them to take this valuable knowledge back to their classrooms.

By working with us, educators have the opportunity to interact and engage with professional scientists, historians, mathematicians and communications experts.

To schedule a visit, contact Scheduling Coordinator Stephanie Edgecombe at sedge@uga.edu
or call 912-598-2335.

Green Eggs and Sand Workshop

Green Eggs & Sand is an innovative workshop experience and set of curriculum modules designed to explore the Atlantic Coast horseshoe crab (HSC)/shorebird phenomenon and management controversy. The workshop features presentations from leading HSC and shorebird biologists, fisheries managers, commercial fisherman and biomedical experts. Activities from the curriculum are sprinkled in-between these expert sessions to provide a flavor for the curricular content offered. A field trip, involving observation of spawning horseshoe crabs at a nearby beach (featuring hands-on interpretation by experts on HSC biology/ecology) is also an integral part of the experience. This workshop is co-sponsored by Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR).

Meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday breakfast), education fees, lodging (if needed) on site, all workshop sessions and materials are included. Dormitory-style housing is provided by the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium and space is limited. Please indicate if you require housing, along with any special dietary restrictions in the enrollment form.

Space for the workshop is limited and registrations are made on a first-come-first-served basis. No-shows result in forfeiture of registration fees. Full attendance at all workshop sessions is required for receipt of the Green Eggs and Sand curriculum package.

Where: UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia

When: No scheduled workshops at this time

Contact: Dodie Sanders at sandersd@uga.edu or call 912-598-2340.

Fee: $100 per person

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The Georgia Shore Program

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a coastal Georgia experience, bring many inquiry-based activities back to your classroom, conduct your own research, and receive graduate credit or PLUs? Join us for a two-week course that will bring you up to date on the latest coastal biology discoveries and ecosystem issues.

The course begins with an overview of basic marine ecosystems in coastal Georgia. Activities aboard the R/V Sea Dawg include biological sampling of the estuary and water chemistry analysis. Laboratory activities will include the collection and identification of plankton, invertebrates and fish. Participants will explore scientific inquiry methods with applications for classroom use. They will complete all the steps necessary to design a research project, collect data and report the results. This workshop is funded by a grant from the Teacher Quality Program. 

This two-week course is based at the UGA Marine Extension Service Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, GA and includes a three-day stay on Ossabaw Island. Housing is dormitory style and cafeteria meals are provided during the course with the exception of a few meals. Participants must be able to stay onsite for the entire program; commuting is not allowed. Credit can be facilitated for in-service teachers and graduate credit may be able to be earned as well. The dorm and cafeteria are air conditioned, yet much classroom time will be spent outdoors. Moderate physical activity is involved and participants should be in good health. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. To preregister for the course, please email Maryellen Timmons at mare@uga.edu.

Where: University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia

When: No scheduled workshops at this time

Contact: Maryellen Timmons at mare@uga.edu or call 912-598-2353.

Registration Fee: $100 per person, nonrefundable

Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Program

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Program (GCE-LTER) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored project that studies how long-term changes caused by climate change, sea level rise and human alterations of the landscape affect coastal ecosystems. The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Schoolyard Program provides training for K-12 educators in field ecology, immersing science and math teachers in hands-on research activities in the field and enabling them to bring lessons and research data back to the classroom. Teachers will split their time between doing research and discussing ways to implement the information into their classrooms. PLU credit can be facilitated for in-service teachers and graduate credit may be able to be earned as well.

Where: UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island. The program immerses science and math teachers in hands-on research activities alongside GCE scientists and graduate students.

When: No scheduled workshops at this time

Contact: Merryl Alber, Dept. of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia at malber@uga.edu or call 706-542-5966.

Fee: Expenses for the program (room and board) are covered by an NSF grant. There is a $100 deposit required for registration and a $100 stipend available upon successful completion of the workshop.

Georgia Coastal Hazards Portal

The Georgia Coastal Hazard Portal (GCHP) is an online tool created to provide a better understanding of coastal resources, coastal hazards and the effects of development. This new web-based interactive map was developed through a partnership between Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Savannah Area GIS. In efforts to teach coastal communities about GCHP, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant have been funded to offer training sessions, with two training sessions scheduled for this summer.

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