Workshops & Seminars
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.
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
- General public
Sharing our knowledge of coral reefs throughout the world helps us to promote awareness, conservation, and preservation.
Corals in the Classroom
We 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.
For information on the next workshop near you, sign up for our education newsletter.
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 everytrhing you need to know to use the Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum in your classroom.
Conferences & Symposia
Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
We will be attending the 2016 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on December 10 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL! 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. The event will feature a special screening of our award-winning film Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise.
Find us there or follow the conference on social media using the hashtag #YOCS16.
Restore America’s Estuaries Summit
This 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.