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Marine Education Center

Teacher Professional Development

tpdThe 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.

For additional information or questions contact MEC at 228-818-8095 or

Teaching Resources

A Classroom Course in Community Resilience

Community Resilience in the Classroom promotes K-12 student awareness of watersheds and their connections to the Gulf of Mexico through classroom and field instruction in climate change and rising sea level, especially high tide flooding and increased storm surge. Students work in teams to address an authentic challenge in community resilience. Selected teams from each school compete in a Stewardship Summit judged by community resilience professionals. Since 2016, over 1000 students from 12 schools in Mississippi and Alabama have completed the program in person or virtually. This program was developed through a grant from NOAA's Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET) and in partnership with Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. Curriculum.


Sturgeon in the Watershed

epaThe 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.



Each workshop requires submission of a separate registration form. Space is limited so register early! For additional information or questions about upcoming programs contact MEC at 228-818-8095 or marine.educationFREEMississippi.

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 the Marine Education Center:
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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

2023 Programs

Bayous to Beaches


logoThis project is sponsored by the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program.

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June 7-9

This workshop for 7th-12th grade teachers explores coastal watershed habitats along an estuarine gradient by collecting environmental data including water quality, written observations, and organism trawls. The schedule includes two educational research cruises if weather permits: 1) Davis Bayou aboard the Miss Peetsy B, 2) the Pascagoula River aboard the R/V Jim Franks. Teachers focus on stewardship while considering the effects of pathogenic bacteria in the watershed. Teachers will receive stipends of $100/day, CEU support, and classroom materials. This project is sponsored by the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program.


Changing Coastlines

changing coastlines
sea grantThis workshop is sponsored by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

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June 13-16

This workshop for STEM teachers highlights how coastal ecosystems change in response to processes like storms and sea level rise. The workshop will focus on the history and ecology of Deer Island. Teachers will explore transitions among beach, marsh, upland, and subtidal habitats during a field excursion to collect elevation profile data. Teachers will synthesize the data for comparison with past data collection efforts. This workshop offers teachers the opportunity to learn outdoors and gains the knowledge to teach advanced marine science subjects, including coastal restoration and resilience. Teachers will receive stipend of $50/day and CEU support. This workshop is sponsored by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.


Classroom Course in Community Resilience


Gulf Guardian Award winning program

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June 21-23

This workshop for 7th-12th grade teachers focuses on promoting community resilience to coastal hazards that may be influenced by climate change such as coastal flooding and rising sea levels. Teachers who participate will be prepared to lead their students through a class project in which teams of students explore historic flooding in their neighborhoods and consider factors that increase community resilience. Teams address a local community resilience challenge and share it with local resilience professionals at the MEC Stewardship Summit. Teachers will receive a stipend of $50/day and CEU support. This workshop is sponsored by the Marine Education Center and the NASA Sci-Act project at Mississippi State University.



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

GCRL - Cedar Point

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