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Looking for continuing education in new marine science developments to enrich classroom activities?

Continuing education is a highly valued at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium. The Center offers 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 the the Universitiy of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, educators have the opportunity to interact and engage with professional scientists, historians, mathematicians/statisticians or writers/communications specialists.

Green Eggs and Sand participants have the opportunity to learn in many different environments.

Green Eggs and Sand participants have the opportunity to learn in many different environments.

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Green Eggs and Sand (GEAS) Workshop - FULL

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

When: Friday, April 22 (starting around 5:30 PM) through Sunday, April 24 (ending around 12 noon), 2017

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

Fee: $100 per person

Meal & Lodging Logistics: Meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday breakfast), education fees, lodging (if needed) on site (Fri./Sat.) and all workshop sessions and materials are included. Dormitory style housing is provided by the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium and space is very limited! Please indicate if you require housing, along with any special dietary restrictions in the spaces below.

More about the workshop: The Green Eggs & Sand workshop, co-sponsored by Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR), starts Friday evening, Apr. 22 and ends around 12:00 noon on Sunday, Apr. 24. Interspersed with expert presenters on horseshoe crabs (HSCs), shorebirds, biomedical use of HSCs, and HSC management, are sessions that explore the GEAS curriculum and provide demonstrations of the rich assortment of hands-on activities it offers. A site visit to view spawning horseshoe crabs is a special highlight of the weekend.

Other important information: Space for the workshop is limited and registrations are made first-come-first-served. No-shows result in forfeiture of registration fees. Full attendance at all workshop sessions is required for receipt of the GEAS curriculum package.

Download the 2016 GEAS Registration Form.
Download Green Eggs & Sand FAQs.

The Georgia Shore Program

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

When: June 5 - 19, 2017

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

Registration Fee: $100 per person

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? You can have it all this summer with funding thanks to an “Improving Teacher Quality” grant to the UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium. Join us for a two-week course that will bring you up to date on the latest coastal biology discoveries and ecosystem issues in a really exciting way!

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 in a fun way! This two-week course is based at the UGA Marine Extension Service Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, GA and includes a 2 night/3 day stay on Ossabaw Island. Housing is dormitory style and cafeteria meals are provided during the course with the exception of a few “dinners out”. Participants must be able to stay onsite for the entire program; commuting is not allowed. 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 fill out the Georgia Shore Registration and return to the address provided or email Dr. Maryellen Timmons at mare@uga.edu.

Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Program

Where: This workshop is based at the 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: Saturday-Friday, July 9-15, 2016.

Contact: Dr. Merryl Alber, Dept. of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia

Fee: Expenses for the actual program (room and board) are covered by a grant to the GCE LTER from the National Science Foundation. There is a $100 deposit required for registration, and a $100 stipend available upon successful completion of the workshop.

More about the workshop: The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Program (GCE-LTER) is an 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 critical in-service training for K-12 educators in field ecology, immersing science and math teachers in hands-on research activities in the field to enable them to bring lessons and actual research data back to the classroom. Since 2009 the Schoolyard Program has been run collaboratively with the University of Georgia's Marine Extension Service. 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.

Contacts

Dodie Sanders

Marine Educator, Outreach Coordinator, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: sandersd@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2340

Maryellen Timmons

Marine Biologist, Sea Grant Internship Director, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: mare@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2353

Anne Lindsay

Associate Director for Marine Education, Summer Camp Director, Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Email: lindsaya@uga.edu
Phone: 912-598-2355