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Live broadcasts from our NMEA 2016 Conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, July 15, 2016

We live-streamed a few speakers and our rolling shark panel via Facebook Live during our annual conference in Orlando, Fla., this summer. Did you miss them? Or do you want to see them again? Access them below! 

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Guest Blog by Linda Chilton: Traditional knowledge opportunity at NMEA 2016

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, June 27, 2016

Have you ever wondered:

    * How can we get people to care about the Everglades (or our own natural spaces) when they haven’t been there?

    * How can we advocate for giving water the respect it deserves?

Then make sure to attend "A Full Spectrum Approach to Everglades Activism by Love the Everglades Movement" on Tuesday, June 28, from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. in Oceans 2, and the Traditional Knowledge and Tribal Reps meeting just before the session from 12:30 – 1:15 pm Oceans 2.

Our presenter, Houston R. Cypress, is a Two-Spirit Poet, Artist, and Activist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. He resides on the Miccosukee Reservation located west of Miami, Fla. He maintains a number of traditional villages located on tree islands scattered throughout Water Conservation Area 3A. This area is known as the historic River of Grass and called by his community KAAHAYATLE, which can be translated as "Shimmering Waters."

Houston is committed to supporting his society of clans by assisting in cultural preservation, environmental protection, community outreach, business development, media & event production, and strengthening sovereignty.

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NMEA 2016 will have a sand AND shell swap!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Shells Shell and sand swapHave you ever learned about a really cool activity that requires different sands or different shells? Here’s your opportunity to expand your educational resources! 

Have you had someone donate their precious shell collection….but you just don’t have a need for all those shells? Here’s your chance to find them new homes! 

NMEA 2016 conference participants are encouraged to bring extra shells/shell collections and/or sand from their home beach to share (please label the bag or jar of sand with at least the city and state/province/country).

A limited number of small zipper seal bags will be available—please feel free to bring your own film canisters, small jars or baggies to use to "collect” your sand samples. The sand and shell swap will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 30 in the Oceans 3 room at the conference. If you would like to drop off sand or shells ahead of time, you can put them in a tote box under the Florida Sea Grant table in the exhibit area. 

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Guest Blog: Survey to define Marine Education

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, May 13, 2016
Marine Education survey

We all know marine education is more and more important in the world. However, there isn’t a comprehensive connection for all the marine educators. We hope to further understand the background of marine education and research the integration system for marine educator international collaboration.

This survey is posted to encourage a wider worldwide definition of "Marine Education" and should take about 5 minutes to complete. All your responses will be kept confidential.

The data will be used in defining the research. Please pass this survey to groups you may be in, agencies you know that employ marine engineers, maritime academies, port workers, ship captains, and K-college and adult education. Thank you in advance - we appreciate for your help in promoting a marine education research summary!

This is a pre-trial for review at the #NMEA16 annual conference in Orlando, Fla., next month. 

Access the survey here > 

- Mare Timmons, UGA Marine Extension Service & Chia-Dai (Ray) Yen, Taiwan Marine Education Center 

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Don't miss the Stegner Lecture at #NMEA16!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stegner Lecture

Here's another great reason to join us at our annual conference in Orlando next month - the Stegner Lecture!

National Parks are best known for wildlife and scenery, but the reasons parks matter go far beyond the tangible. From Yellowstone to Hawai’i Volcanoes, Gettysburg to Biscayne, national parks are deeply powerful places that impact people in extraordinary ways. Join Biscayne National Park Rangers Megan Davenport and Gary Bremen as they celebrate the National Park Service Centennial by blending music and storytelling to share deeply personal experiences from national parks across the nation.

Hear more from them in the short video below! 

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#NMEA16 conference updates & call for volunteers

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 9, 2016
NMEA16 Postcard

Are you interested in volunteering at our 2016 National Marine Educators Association Conference? Help is needed for all opportunities from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Friday. Volunteers who work at least one full day will be able to attend sessions, exhibits, and lunches! All volunteers will also receive NMEA t-shirts.

Be sure to visit the conference website for updates, and for more information on volunteering. Here is a related flyer to download and circulate! Any questions? Contact us via email > 

Here's a reminder of the great things you can take advantage of while in Orlando!

  • Bringing your family? Children can splash around at R Aqua Zone, a waterpark built to excite! Remember to take advantage of the $100 summer camp discount SeaWorld is offering to NMEA16 participants. Click here to find other family friendly opportunities at NMEA16!
  • Hungry? Five restaurants, a Starbucks and ice cream shop on site will please all palates.
  • Need to relax? Pamper yourself in style at the full-service Neu Lotus Spa and enjoy a massage, facial or scrub.
  • Staying longer? Ask the hotel's friendly Navigator for tips about hidden gems and plan your next big adventure at Renaissance now. Take advantage of Orlando's iRide Trolley to get around town.
  • On a budget? The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® has locked in an extremely low rate for NMEA16 Participants, starting at $129.00 per night! This special rate won't last long, so be sure to book your room by May 25th! Click here for reservations or call 1-800-266-9432 and be sure to mention the National Marine Educators Association 2016 Conference.
  • Need a roommate? The NMEA16 Conference Committee has created a room sharing document to help you find someone to share your room and help you to lower your costs.
  • Looking to stay green? The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld has many green initiatives, making this a great home for NMEA16! Don't forget to bring your own water bottle, coffee mug, reusable straw and utensils to stay in a green state of mind.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Orlando soon!

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Call for 2016 NMEA conference session proposals is now open!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, December 16, 2015
NMEA 2016

UPDATE 2/28: The deadline has been extended to 3/11!

The call for concurrent session proposals for the 2016 NMEA conference – Making Waves: Current Connections in Marine Science – is NOW OPEN!

Plan to share your passion and experiences with your fellow marine educators June 27-30, 2016, in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Conference strands include:

  • Global connections
  • Technology connections
  • Classroom connections
  • Informal education connections
  • Educational research connections

    Concurrent sessions will be 45 minutes in length or submitters may elect to present during the poster session. All session proposals must be submitted online here >

    The call for proposals closes at 5 p.m. EST on Monday, February 29 Friday, March 11.

    Questions? Please contact Concurrent Sessions Chair, Ann Marie Shields, at

    For general questions about #NMEA16, please contact the conference chairs at

    See you in Orlando!

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