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Sturgeon in the Watershed – Teaching Opportunity
mdeq logoThe purpose of this project is to develop and implement a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience in the Mississippi Sound watersheds. The Project uses previously developed classroom and field elements of map use and water sampling to teach students basic watershed concepts. New content introduces habitat use of the Pearl and Pascagoula Rivers by the endangered Gulf Sturgeon as a way of discussing natural and human changes occurring in watersheds where participating students live and learn. Curriculum

The Marine Education Center offers professional and volunteer training programs for adults, including K-12 classroom teachers. These programs cover an assortment of marine and coastal processes and issues, and are sponsored through a variety of sources. The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) supports our teacher development program, either through full sponsorship or partnership.

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For additional information or questions contact Jessie Kastler at 228-818-8090 or Jessica.kastlerFREEMississippi.

Each workshop requires submission of a separate registration form. Space is limited so register early! For additional information or questions about upcoming programs contact Dani Bailey at 228-818-8088 or Danielle.baileyFREEMississippi.

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CEUs are available for teachers through the University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach (PDEO). The number of CEUs awarded in each program will be posted here upon approval of our request of PDEO to offer them. Because we update our offerings every time they are offered and they must be approved each time, the number of CEUs available for a workshop is not known until about one month before it is held. We submit paperwork to the PDEO about one week following the end of each workshop, and later than two weeks.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): You may receive CEUs for participating in this program. The CEUs are paid for by a grant. You must complete registration paperwork at each session and take a preand post test to receive CEUs.
Overnight Lodging: Participants who are traveling for the program may reserve a room in the dormitory if space is available. We can also recommend several local hotels. Please call for information.
Parking and Finding Your Classroom On-Campus: Most programs will be held in one of the classrooms on campus. Park near the dormitory or the boat dock. The classrooms and parking lots are highlighted in yellow boxes on the map below.
Directions to GCRL:
If you are traveling east on I-10, take the Ocean Springs Exit #50 and follow Highway 609 (Washington Avenue) about 3 miles to U.S. 90. Turn left on U.S. 90; right on Bechtel Boulevard (4th traffic light); cross the railroad tracks; left on Government Street (a 4-way stop); right on Halstead Road (a 3-way stop); go south to the beach; the GCRL entrance is on the left.
If you are traveling west on I-10, take the Ocean Springs Exit #57; turn left (south) and follow Hwy. 57 to U.S. 90. Turn right on U.S. 90. Go about 4.5 miles (6th traffic light) to Hanley Road. Turn left on Hanley; cross railroad tracks; right on Government (a 4-way stop); left on Halstead (a 3-way stop); go south to the beach; GCRL entrance is to the left.
What to Bring
• Closed-Toe Shoes-shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and sandy!
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses
• Hat
• Bug Repellent (DEET is a pesticide. Non-pesticide alternatives include Skin So Soft (Avon), and Amber  
  Romance (Victoria’s Secret).
• Water Bottle (We will provide a water cooler and cups. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own
• Field Clothes (Wear layers that are comfortable and breathable.)
• Motion Sickness Medication
• Camera
• Waterproof case for electronics you bring

Upcoming Programs

Oil Spill Science — 10-year Review
April 24-25



masgc logoWhat is the role of science during an environmental emergency? What have scientists learned since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill? How can you share this with your students? Join us to consider how science expands knowledge and how the body of knowledge has changed since the 2010 oil spill.

Problem-based Learning in Community Resilience
July 7-9

This program was piloted by two local teachers and is now being expanded to reach classrooms in LA, MS, AL, and FL. Participants must be high school teachers who can deliver this project to their school or district and have students participate in a stewardship summit.

This three-day workshop focuses on promoting community resilience to coastal hazards. This program builds on other watershed literacy programs we have produced to educate high school students on rising sea levels and coastal hazards that may affect their communities. Using problem-based-learning, teams of students explore historical flooding in their neighborhoods and propose a solution to one of several coastal community challenges. Selected students from each school will present their ideas to community resilience professionals at the Marine Education Center's 5th annual Stewardship Summit for Resilience.

The Poop Map Project
July 22-23

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A stipend for completion and lunch both days is provided. If you need lodging, please ask about it because we might be able to provide that as well.

epa logoThe Poop Map Project is a two-day watershed education workshop for teachers of grades 7-12 sponsored by the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program. Our focus will be – you guessed it – poop! Pathogenic bacteria that enter natural water bodies from rainwater runoff.

Participants will

  • Collect, analyze, enter, and interpret water samples collected from the Miss Peetsy B along Davis Bayou;
  • Learn about the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program and its policies on beach closure;
  • Discuss the Marine Debris Tracking App (sponsored by NOAA) and public outreach as stewardship;
  • Schedule a Miss Peetsy B field cruise trip for 40 students. Students will receive lunch and there is an allowance for school bus transport;

All field programs are subject to substitution of activities or postponement for poor weather. We will inform registered participants of any changes via email.

Contact Us

Marine Education Center
101 Sweet Bay Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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