Cool Projects in the Regional Gulf States
Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-Central Gulf of Mexico (COSEE-CGM)
Contact: Sharon WalkerHosted by the University of Mississippi (USM) and its J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and partnered with many other organizations, COSEE-CGM brings coastal sciences research to a broad ranges of audiences through informal learning centers. Scientists engage with students and teachers in workshops and virtual institutes to develop inquiry-based lesson plans for middle school teachers.
Gulf Alliance Educator Public Outreach CampaignCommunities throughout the five Gulf of Mexico States and beyond make decisions and take actions that will ultimately affect the ecological health of the Gulf. To promote positive stewardship of this shared regional resource, the Gulf Alliance Educators work to activate local communities by increasing awareness of the Gulf of Mexico and thus the desire to enhance and protect it. Other goals of this project include partnering with the media to promote public awareness about the Gulf and collaborating with Priority Issue Teams to meet Alliance educational objectives and identify public awareness messages.
Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)GCOOS provides timely information for use by decision-makers, researchers, government managers, industry, the military, educators, emergency responders, and the general public. The information they provide is part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System which detects and predicts climate variability, facilitates safe and efficient marine transportation, predicts and mitigates against coastal hazards and much more.
NERR Coastal Training Program (CTP)
The National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System is a partnership between NOAA and the coastal states that establishes a network of protected areas for long-term research, education and stewardship. The NERR Coastal Training Program (CTP) provides up-to-date scientific information and skill-building opportunities to individuals who are responsible for making decisions that affect coastal resources. Through this program, NERRs can ensure that coastal decision-makers have the knowledge and tools they need to address critical resource management issues of concern to local communities.
Gulf Coast NERR Coastal Training Program Coordinators:
Apalachicola NERR CTP Coordinator
Grand Bay NERR CTP Coordinator
Mission-Aransas NERR CTP Coordinator
Rookery Bay NERR CTP Coordinator
Weeks Bay NERR CTP Coordinator
Gulf Regional Training Coordinator
NGI Keycard project
Contact: Joby PrinceThe NGI Keycard project educates Gulf Coast visitors via their hotel room keys. A series of hotel keycards has been produced showcasing the Coast as a natural resource that needs to be protected by all. Each keycard in the series contains information you need to know about the coastal ecosystem, and offers discounts on opportunities to experience the resources of this important geographic area.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgProject Wild is a collaboration between state wildlife agencies and state departments of education. The program engages K-12 students with their local environment to help foster responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Teachers participate in a local instructional workshop and then receive materials to guide their students through curriculums. Curriculum topics include: the original Project Wild, Aquatic, Sustaining Wildlife, Wild about Elk, and most recently a Spanish language curriculum.
Science and Spanish Club Network
Contact: Suraida Nanez-JamesThe Science & Spanish Club Network, SSCN, is a multicultural approach to coastal environmental education. A program of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, established in 2000, it develops youth leadership in stewardship about the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Greater Gulf Stream ecosystem. The SSCN uses a three-phased curriculum to improve a student's sense of physical place to become more keenly aware of living and working in the coastal zone through hands-on and process-oriented experiences.
Southern Association of Marine Educators (SAME)Colleagues from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northwest Florida who are interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water collaborate in this association to share information and resources. They have a yearly conference and Wavelengths newsletter to disseminate information. To find out more click the website above.
What about blue?
Contact: Kevin LillyWhat About Blue? aims to raise awareness and money for the Global Water Crisis by Kayaking the length of the Mississippi River...2,500 miles, July-Oct 2009. Anyone is welcome to kayak with them on the trip, even for just a day! They are looking for organizations/groups to do projects with as they make stops so if you work/volunteer along the river and want to do a restoration project, then e-mail Kevin Lilly, the founder.
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