Marine Education Center
Marine Education Center
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.
For additional information or questions contact Jessie Kastler at 228-818-8090 or Jessica.kastlerFREEMississippi.
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!
• 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
• Waterproof case for electronics you bring
Oil Spill Science — 10-year Review
What 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
The Poop Map Project
The 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.
All field programs are subject to substitution of activities or postponement for poor weather. We will inform registered participants of any changes via email.