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Online registration for pre-conference workshops is now closed. If you wish to register for a workshop and pay at conference check-in, please email Cristin Krasco at

 All pre-conference workshops will be held at the Renaissance Orlando on Monday, June 27 in both the morning and afternoon. Workshop times and durations vary, so please see descriptions below for full details. Fees cover all workshop materials. For more information, please contact NMEA16 Workshops & Field Trips Chair, Cristin Krasco at KrascoC[at]


Introduction to Evaluation
8:00am to 12:30pm | Cost: $45
Facilitated by NMEA Education Research Committee

What is evaluation? Why should I evaluate my projects and programs? How do I design and implement effective evaluation? This half-day, pre-conference workshop hosted by members of the NMEA Education Research Committee will help answer these questions. Upon completion of the workshop, you will have a better idea of the purpose of evaluation and how it differs from education research, how these activities can measure impact with respect to ocean literacy, and how the results can be used to improve program design. You will also be connected to the best practices for planning and conducting an evaluation, hands-on experience practicing these skills, and access to resources for application to your work. Registration cost includes all materials.


Empathy Development as a Practice
8:30am to 12:00pm | Cost: $45
Facilitated by Seattle Aquarium

The aim of this workshop is to explore empathy as one affective tool to inspire conservation action in our institutions and providing opportunities for cross department collaboration. Conservation action depends on different factors all coming into alignment. It is necessary to consider barriers, incentives and internal motivations. Empathy is one of those internal motivations. Having empathy towards nature and wildlife is important in predicting an individual’s willingness to take conservation action. In order to continue to improve the quality of our programming, it is valuable to understand how empathy is developed towards wildlife in research, other organizations and in your own organization.


Interpreting Climate Change Workshop
8:00am to 12:00pm | Cost: $60
Facilitated by Florida Aquarium

This introductory workshop is intended to introduce participants to elements of strategic framing. Explanation on how strategic framing elements, when put together, tell a story about climate change that can help communicators to engage audiences in positive ways, by overcoming traditional barriers and cuing people to think productively about solutions. Participants will have an opportunity to practice applying these ideas throughout the workshop. The communication techniques provided in this workshop are based on NNOCCI principles.

About the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI):
NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry. With support from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public.


Ocean Acidification: The Latest Science and Effective Education and Communication
1:00 to 4:00pm | Cost: $45
Facilitated by NOAA

This half-day pre-conference workshop hosted by NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and NOAA Ocean Acidification Program will provide participants with an overview of the latest ocean acidification science as well as summarized results of a recently completed NOAA Ocean Acidification Education and Communication Needs Assessment. Learn how to develop effective messaging and where to find communication resources, multimedia tools and lesson plans. There will also be an opportunity to try out some of these recommended ocean acidification activities during a hands-on learning session at the workshop. Printed lessons and materials will be provided and are included in the registration fee.

Ocean Conservation Through Film: How Marine-Science Filmmaking with Students can be Simple, Inexpensive, and Fun!
1:00 to 3:00pm | Cost: $45
Facilitated by The Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples Film Festival

This hands-on workshop presented by Philip Gravinese and Lauren Toth, co-founders and directors of Youth Making Ripples, will demonstrate how you and your students can spread the word about ocean conservation through film with The Beneath the Waves Youth Making Ripples program. Youth Making Ripples is a film festival and competition that challenges middle and high school students to create short films to engage the public about the importance of ocean conservation. Each year the Youth Making Ripples Film Festival receives marine-themed films from 100s of young ocean enthusiasts from around the world who are eager to make a difference in educating the public about why we need to take action and protect our important marine resources.


Our workshop will focus on three topics that will help you and your students create videos to engage, motivate, and inspire audiences while working on a limited budget. First, our expert team of marine scientists, educators, and professional film-makers will provide key technical tips in video production that will assist you in better planning, producing, and creating your ocean conservation films. During this part of the workshop we will demonstrate how to utilize widely available tools like iPhones, point-and-shoot cameras, and free filmmaking software to make inexpensive, but effective films. We will also share current “hot topics” in marine conservation, and offer expert tips on the various aspects of filmmaking including topics such as storyboarding, camera work, photography, recording, editing, and video distribution. We will then demonstrate how to turn conservation messages into short engaging stories by using skills like storyboarding to highlight the key points, and by generating hooks that will gain the attention of your audience. Finally, we’ll showcase creative examples from our Youth Making Ripples archive to demonstrate how you can create ocean-themed footage even if you don’t have access to the ocean by utilizing items available in most schools and homes. The workshop will culminate with attendees creating a storyboard for a short film pertaining to an ocean conservation message relevant to their interests and ocean conservation goals. Attendees will walk away with the materials needed to effectively incorporate 21st century technology (i.e., film) into any marine science lesson.


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