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Don't miss the Science Friday Cephaloparty at #NMEA17

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Did you hear? 

Public Radio International’s Science Friday will be joining us during our national conference at the end of this month! Their "Cephaloparty" will be held during the ticketed South Carolina Aquarium event on June 28 and will include cool giveaways!

The event will be exclusive to NMEA conference attendees - just be sure to add the ticket to your NMEA 2017 registration

Included in ticket cost of $85:
  o Transportation to and from the Aquarium
  o Food, drinks, dancing
  o Chance to make a Squid print
  o South Carolina Aquarium's octopus enrichment
  o Showings of cephalopod videos

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EMSEA 2016 kicks off in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, October 3, 2016

EMSEA16 logoOur friends with the European Marine Science Educators Association are kicking off their fourth annual conference this week!

It is being held at the Titanic Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from October 4-7.

Check out the official website for more details or download the official program here > 

 Follow along from afar with the #EMSEA16 hashtag and on our Storify, where we will compile tweets and photos from the conference daily! 

Titanic Belfast

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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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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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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
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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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Exciting updates about our NMEA 2016 annual conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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If you haven’t already heard, registration for NMEA 2016 is NOW OPEN!

Join hundreds of fellow marine science education enthusiasts in sunny Orlando, Fla., for a week filled with learning, sharing, and exploration!

Classroom teacher? Informal educator? Government or agency outreach personnel? Volunteer? Researcher? No matter your connection to marine science education, NMEA 2016 has something for you!

In addition to daily plenaries and concurrent sessions, the always-popular Exhibit Hall, and the NEW Ocean Science Research Track, some of the week’s highlights include:

  • Monday, June 27Pre-conference Workshops, Buddy Welcome Reception, Tweet-up, Conference Kick-off Event
  • Tuesday, June 28NMEA Youth Conference, Evening event at SeaWorld
  • Wednesday, June 29 – Chapter Basket Auction, Silent Auction, Banquet Live Auction
  • Thursday, June 30 – NMEA Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Stegner Lecture, Ticketed Evening Event at SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando
  • Friday, July 1 – Enjoy deeply discounted experiences at some of the best attractions Florida has to offer with field trips around the state!

The Renaissance Orlando is home to NMEA 2016, so make your reservations today! This family-friendly, premier location is offering a conference rate of only $129/night, but reservations must be made by May 25 at 5 p.m.

Looking to bring your family? The Renaissance has tons of amenities for both kids and adults and is just a stone’s throw from the iRide Trolley (a shuttle to a variety of area attractions). NMEA 2016 field trips offer several options for children and SeaWorld is offering a $100 discount on its popular Camp SeaWorld. For more information on these and other family-friendly activities, visit the NMEA16 Family Friendly Opportunities page.

Be sure to visit the conference website for updates and follow along on social media with the hashtag #NMEA16!

NMEA16 is just around the corner, so start packing your flip-lops and sunscreen and register today!

Questions? Contact NMEA16@fmsea.org.

See you in Orlando!

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Youth Conference at NMEA 2016

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NMEA youth conference participants

On Tuesday, June 28, the National Marine Educators Association invites students in high school and college who are passionate about marine science, education, and conservation to join them for a special Youth Conference at our annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

This day-long event will connect student participants to experts in the fields of marine science education through engaging sessions and workshops and give them a chance to present their personal marine conservation/education work in a professional setting. Additionally, this event will give students a chance to learn about careers in marine science education by networking with professional educators from diverse backgrounds and by providing them with an opportunity to learn about how the National Marine Educators Association can support their career interests in marine conservation. NMEA youth conference participants

During the day participants will also have the chance to work with their peers on hands-on marine conservation service projects, visit the marine animal rescue and rehabilitation center at SeaWorld Orlando, and take part in the Conference evening event at SeaWorld Orlando, allowing for additional networking with members of the National Marine Educators Association. The conference registration fee of $25 includes all activities, lunch, dinner, and admission to the National Marine Educators Association evening event at SeaWorld Orlando, as well as a one year NMEA student membership! We hope you’ll join us for this special event!

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Scholarships available for NMEA 2016

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Attending the annual conference in Orlando this summer? There are two scholarships available!

Are you an NMEA member already? Then consider the Member-only Scholarships, which are available to assist members in good standing.

If you have you never attended an NMEA conference and are not yet a member, and you represent and/or educate underrepresented minorities, then check out the Expanding Audiences Scholarship!

Visit our scholarships page for more information on both of these scholarships and to download nomination and/or application forms. Don't delay, the deadline is March 15! 

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Important #NMEA16 Awards Update

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, January 25, 2016
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Please note a change to annual award nomination deadlines this year.

The deadline for ALL award submissions has been moved up to February 15. A complete nomination form, along with any recommendation letters and all other supporting materials, must be received by the awards committee chairperson on or before Feb. 15. All award recipients will receive a one-year NMEA membership and an engraved award.

Visit the Awards page for full award descriptions and submission details > 

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