Students Learning 'What is a Coral Reef?'Part of our Global Reef Expedition involves hosting education seminars and workshops in as many places as we can. For instance, in Jamaica we conducted a workshop for high school and college students about coral reefs and how they can begin their own conservation projects in Jamaica. In Fakarava, French Polynesia students toured the M/Y Golden Shadow and got a firsthand look at how we conduct research.  Several Skype calls and Google Hangouts have been conducted between scientists on the ship and students in the United States. This allows students to speak one-on-one with a scientist in the field.

Education Workshops

Our education program is growing and we are excited to offer education workshops to people around the world. We are particularly looking forward to holding education workshops and events in our new offices in Annapolis, MD. Our marine science workshops cover topics covering coral reef health, resiliency, and disease, threats to coral reefs, ocean acidification, overfishing, and marine protected areas, among many others.  We also reach a diverse audience including:

  • Students and teachers at primary and secondary schools
  • Outdoor education groups
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Marine tourism corporations
  • Scientists
  • General public

Sharing our knowledge of coral reefs throughout the world helps us to promote awareness, conservation, and preservation.

Corals in the Classroom

New Coral Reef Ecology CurriculumWe hold workshops several times a year to introduce teachers to our Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum. Hosted on a state-of-the-art online learning platform, this curriculum is a comprehensive educational resource for teachers and students interested in learning about coral reefs. It includes a wide variety of educational materials including custom-built interactive exercises, lesson plans, educational videos, and quizzes, all aligned to the latest education standards (Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Ocean Literacy Principles). Participants learn how coral reefs can be used to teach about everyday topics, such as classification, mitosis, and symbiosis. These workshops are appropriate for middle and high school informal and formal educators.

The next Corals in the Classroom professional development workshops will be held at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. Teachers that attend both workshops are eligible to receive one continuing education credit.

    June 22, 2017
    9am – 5:30pm
    Part 1 of this two-part workshop will focus on coral biology and the biotic and abiotic factors that affect coral reefs.  
    August 22, 2017
    9am – 5:30pm
    Part 2 of this two-part workshop will focus on the current state of coral reefs and the threats they are facing.  In addition, you will learn how scientists study coral reefs and take part in a coral reef survey simulation.  

The cost of the training will be free to educators; however, there will be a $15 registration fee per person, which will be returned after attending the workshop. Reservations can be made by calling the aquarium at 410-576-3833. The registration deadline to attend both of the workshops is June 28. 

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If you can’t make it to an in-person training, we have recorded a 30-minute professional development training that will walk you through everything you need to know to get started using the Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum in your classroom. 


Conferences & Symposia

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Youth Ocean Conservation SummitAmy Heemsoth will be a plenary speaker at the 2017 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on April 23 at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland!  Participants in this unique program will learn from students leading ocean conservation programs in their communities, have the opportunity to develop plans for their own ocean conservation projects, and take part in workshops and trainings designed to give them the skills needed to ensure the success of these projects. 

Find us there or follow the conference on social media using the hashtag #YOCS17. 

Restore America’s Estuaries Summit

Participants in the JAMIN Program at William Knibb High SchoolThis conference is the largest national gathering of people working on coastal restoration and management. Shanna Thomas will be presenting “Engaging Your Audience: Best Approaches in Outreach and Education”  about our Mangrove Education & Restoration program in Jamaica. The Jamaica Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.) is an immersive, yearlong experiential education program that engages high school students and teachers in Jamaica to learn about and restore mangroves through project-based learning. 




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