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NMEA 2016 Membership Drive kicks off today

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, April 21, 2016
Membership Drive

Join us during our Membership Drive, which officially starts today, Earth Day, and will conclude on World Oceans Day, June 8. 

We are reaching out to bring in new members to our dynamic and awesome organization, and all new members signed up during this period will be placed in an ‘opportunity drawing’ for some ocean and aquatic themed prizes, including a $100 Amazon gift card!

We have a team strategy, but all NMEA members are encouraged and requested to join in the Membership Drive! Ask your colleagues, friends, and associates, and let them know of the value of NMEA and welcome them to join.

Our Membership Drive Teams will be reaching out to their target audience to bring in members to NMEA (and we always encourage chapter membership, too!).The teams are designated by their audience:

  • University/College
  • Formal Education
  • Informal Education
  • Emerging Professionals
  • Agencies
  • Chapter Reps

See all of our membership levels here >  

Questions? please contact Lynn Whitley.

- Lynn Whitley, Membership Committee Chair

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Guest Blog by Lynn Whitley - Join us in bringing in new members during the 2016 NMEA Membership Drive

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NMEA Membership DriveWhat:
  • NMEA is reaching out to bring in new members to our dynamic and awesome organization.
  • All new members signed up in the designated time period will be placed in an ‘opportunity drawing’ for some ocean and aquatic themed prizes.
  • If everyone could sign up at least two members we would greatly enhance our membership and focus on the goal of retention of these valued additions!

When:

How:

  • We have a team strategy, but all NMEA members are encouraged and requested to join in the Membership Drive! Ask your colleagues, friends, and associates, and let them know of the value of NMEA and welcome them to join.
  • Our Membership Drive Teams will be reaching out to their target audience to bring in members to NMEA (and we always encourage chapter membership, too!).The teams are designated by their audience:
       o University/College,
       o Formal Education,
       o Informal Education 
       o Emerging Professionals 
       o Agencies
       o Chapter Reps
  • If you are interested in serving on a team please contact Lynn Whitley. We welcome your help!

Thank you and please keep in mind: The larger goal is to welcome and engage new members into being active long-term members of NMEA and part of our NMEA Family! 

- Lynn Whitley, Membership Committee Chair

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Members: Join us for a NMEA Strategic Planning Webinar

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, September 6, 2014
NMEA Strategic Planning Session

Calling all NMEA members! Please join members of the NMEA Strategic Planning team and provide your input to the future of our organization! 

We've held one of two strategic planning meetings, interviewed members at the NMEA annual conference, and hosted a Wiki for member input. This is the last opportunity for member input before a small group of people gather to build the final strategic planning product that will carry the organization through the next several years. 

The NMEA Strategic Planning - Membership Input Webinar will be held on September 15 at 7 p.m. EDT.

Registration is available online here >

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We look forward to your participation!

 

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NMEA Membership Drive - It's the Final Countdown!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, June 6, 2014

In case you haven't heard (because we're just a little bit excited about it!), we're in the final days of our first-ever Membership Drive! We've so thrilled that so many of you have chosen to join us during the time and we look forward to getting to know you better. 

If you haven't joined us yet, here's a recap of the fabulous raffle prizes you could win if you join by this Sunday, June 8 (World Oceans Day). 

 

  • GoPro camera
  • Life on an Ocean Planet classroom set of materials from Current Publishing
  • Sustainable seafood cookbook provided by Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch
  • World Oceans Day t-shirt donated by The Ocean Project
  • Ocean DVD's from MacGillivray Freeman Films including the Academy Award nominated "The Living Sea"
  • "Ocean Soul" by Brian Skerry donated by National Geographic
  • Beach towels
  • Starbucks gift cards

Thank you to our friends and supporters for providing these raffle items in support of our Membership Drive. Find out more about NMEA and join us here > 

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NMEA Member Highlight: Terri Kirby-Hathaway

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, June 5, 2014

Terri Kirby-Hathaway is a Professional Member of NMEA and a Marine Education Specialist with North Carolina Sea Grant

Terri Kirby-HathawayTerri has been an active member of NMEA for 29 years and is currently Vice Chair of the By-Laws Committee and a member of the Awards Committee. She was Co-Chair of the NMEA 2003 National Conference held in North Carolina and as a Life Member of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA), looks forward to welcoming everyone back to their region this year for the national conference in Annapolis!

We asked her four key questions about his experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA?

I started in marine education as the education coordinator at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in June of 1985.  Being the new kid on the block in the mid-Atlantic area, I was “volunteered” to drive on one of field trips for the NMEA national conference in 1985, which was held in Williamsburg, Va., and hosted by MAMEA. So, I joined the organization so I could participate in the conference and meet people.

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?

Networking and meeting marine educators and scientists from around the country (and beyond), has been extremely valuable professionally (and personally, too – who am I kidding?).  If I get questions I can’t answer or have ideas that I want to bounce off someone, I have a long list of people that I can contact for answers, advice, and assistance.  NMEA has been instrumental in creating that network!Terri Kirby-Hathaway

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?

I am impressed that NMEA has been able to get ocean literacy into the education conversation nationwide and also influence the Next Generation Science Standards to include ocean science!

4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?

Supportive, valuable, incomparable.

Our Membership Drive is underway until June 8, so if you join now, you'll be eligible for raffle prizes from aquariums around the country and our grand prize, a GoPro camera! We'd love to have you join us! Find out more about membership in NMEA today >

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NMEA Member Highlight: Jim Wharton

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jim Wharton is a Professional member of NMEA and director of conservation and education at the Seattle Aquarium

He is an active member on NMEA committees for Ocean Literacy, Scholarship, and Education Research. He is a member of the Executive Committee for NMEA and participating in the current strategic planning process. He is active in his local chapter, Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), and a Life member of Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA).

Jim Wharton

We asked him four key questions about his experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA?

I joined NMEA in 2004 while playing a small role in the 2004 conference planning effort. I recognized the potential networking benefit, but at the time, my primary motivation was identity-related. I was a marine educator and this was my professional organization. I wanted to be part of a larger movement to create an ocean-literate society and NMEA was the primary actor in this endeavor.  

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?

My membership in NMEA and FMSEA (or more accurately, my activity in these organizations) has laid the foundation for much of my professional opportunity and accomplishment since. The professional network I’ve built through conferences and committee work has been integral to earning positions at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Seattle Aquarium, and was crucial to collaborating on major federally-funded marine science projects.

Being part of NMEA puts you in the middle of the most important conversations in our field surrounding ocean literacy, conservation, science education, and broadening participation. It gives you the chance to interact with accomplished professionals doing important work and have your voice heard. It also affords you the opportunity to give back through mentorship and service.    

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?

NMEA has been the primary driver, with the help of many important partners, in the ocean literacy movement. Without their strategic and dedicated efforts over the last decade, ocean science may have evaporated from standards and classrooms altogether. NMEA is the most effective advocate we have for the role of the ocean in science and environmental education.  

4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?

Ocean, education, advocate.

Join Jim during our Google Hangout On Air on Wednesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. EST

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Why be a member of NMEA?

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 19, 2014
Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014

We're halfway through our Membership Drive! Have you become a member?

A few of our members explain how NMEA membership has impacted them:



And don't forget: in addition to all of the benefits available online, in person, and through our peer-reviewed journal, we’re pleased to offer you the opportunity to join at our low professional rates (before they increase on August 1, 2014) and gain entry to our Membership Drive raffle. Thanks to our colleagues and supporters, by joining during our Membership Drive, you will be eligible to win raffle prizes including packages from aquariums throughout the U.S. and our Grand Prize – a GoPro camera! So join us today!

Already a member? Please keep on helping us spread the word by using the hashtag #CatchtheCurrent on social media! 

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Our first Google Hangout On Air - focused on students & emerging professionals

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, May 16, 2014
Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014

We held our first Google Hangout On Air this week, titled: Hey students & emerging professionals - curious why you should join us?

We spoke with Sean Russell, founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Team and The "Stow It-Don't Throw It" Project, on the advantages of being a student or emerging professional member of NMEA.

Sean also provided a sneak peek, along with Maria Madero, Education Specialist-Youth Programs at the National Aquarium and several student volunteers, into the first Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to be created and hosted by youth at the National Aquarium in Baltimore this July.

Missed it? No problem - you can see it in it's entirety below, and join today

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NMEA Member Highlight: Sean Russell

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 12, 2014

Sean Russell is an Emerging Professional member of NMEA and founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Team and Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project.

He is currently a member of the NMEA Conservation Committee and his local chapter, the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA), and is participating in NMEA strategic planning that is currently underway. 

Sean RussellWe asked him four key questions about his experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA?

I joined NMEA to have an avenue to expand the reach of my work engaging students in ocean conservation and marine debris prevention initiatives on a national level.

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?

Through NMEA, I’ve had the opportunity to network with and be mentored by experts in the fields of marine science education and conservation. Their input and knowledge base has benefited my conservation work with young people, led to new partnerships to support this work, and has helped shape my career path.

Additionally, the national and international platform NMEA provides through its annual conference and online communication systems, has been a valuable asset to me as I work to spread a series of student-driven Youth Ocean Conservation Summits across the country and expand on my marine debris prevention work through the Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project.

Sean Russell

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?

I’m most proud of NMEA’s work to ensure ocean education is a key component of science education programs across the U.S. and on an international scale. By supporting the development of ocean literacy principles, NMEA is helping disseminate knowledge of the ocean and its importance to students of all ages.  

4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, connected, knowledgeable.

Join Sean during our Google Hangout On Air on Thursday, May 15 at 4 p.m. EST

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NMEA Member Highlight: Sarah Richards

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sarah RichardsSarah Richards is an associate chair and teacher in the Science Department of Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY.

She is currently a member of the Executive Committee and secretary for NMEA and an active member of her local chapter, the New York State Marine Education Association (NYSMEA). 

We asked her four key questions about her experience with NMEA:

1. Why did you join NMEA? 
I joined NMEA in order to meet and network with other teachers, share curriculum ideas, and to be a better-informed marine science educator.

2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals? 
I have certainly met the three goals stated above!  Through attending the annual conferences, using Scuttlebutt, and being a member of the NMEA board, I have met so many wonderful people who are passionate about marine science and marine education.

3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?
I am most proud of the work that NMEA has done with the ocean literacy principles - helping to write them, and having them be incorporated into the Next Generation Science Standards.

4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?
Stimulating, fun, essential.

Our Membership Drive is underway until June 8, so if you join now, you'll be eligible for raffle prizes from aquariums around the country and our grand prize, a GoPro camera! We'd love to have you join us! Find out more about membership in NMEA today >

Photo courtesy of Sarah Richards

 

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