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Summer Teacher Workshops

Unfortunately, 2020's Summer Teacher Workshop has been cancelled in the interest of public health, due to concerns with the rising rate of COVID-19 in Florida.

Join MarineLab's biologist/instructors in an exploration of the marine communities in the Upper Keys. Days are spent aboard our boats, snorkeling the seagrasses, mangroves, and coral reefs protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. All workshops are content oriented and are designed for the middle and high school science teacher. However, all educators, naturalists, and others with an interest in the marine environment, 21 and older, are invited!

Please note: We utilize all the workshop time to focus on educational content. If you are interested in doing some tourism activities while you're in the Keys, please plan on doing so before or after the workshop. Staying with us for an extra night is an option, although we cannot accommodate early arrivals.

Cost $450 per person. Fee includes all snorkeling field trips, evening programs, snorkel gear, meals and accommodations. Continuing education points available at no cost.

Introduction to Coastal Marine Ecology

This program focuses on the basics of the marine ecology of the Upper Keys. Introductory discussions provide background on concepts and species that will be encountered, following by field trips to the seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef communities. Additional field trips to other marine communities and a brief look at restoration efforts on the coral reef are included. Participants should be comfortable in the water, but need not be experienced swimmers or snorkelers.Teachers receive a link to a google drive folder with background information on all field trip topics.

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PhytoAdvanced Marine Ecology & Research Techniques

This program takes our Coastal Marine Ecology program a step further. Various field research methods and techniques are taught and practiced during the snorkeling field trips. TheĀ Advanced Water Quality Lab and Diversity Indexing Lab, coral reef ecology with Bleachwatch, seagrass ecology with surveys, mangrove ecology with soil analysis, and REEF Fish Surveys are all part of this advanced program. Itinerary |

Citizen Science/Service Learning and Marine Ecology

We've taken our standard MarineLab curriculum and added citizen science and service learning opportunities! This workshop also includes some of our newer program components such as Marine Debris and the Florida Bay Survey. If you've already been to the Intro course, this is an excellent second year program. Itinerary |