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NMEA 2015 Lightning Talks

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, September 21, 2015

Lightning Talks are a fast-paced, lively new format for science communication and outreach. Get a taste from this NMEA 2015 session with 5-minute talks on a wide range of topics by informal education thought leaders from across the country. Topics include: shark outreach, nature play, partnerships, behavior change, youth development, virtual learning, and public science events.

This playlist includes six of the sessions presented at our annual conference by: Jim Wharton (Seattle Aquarium), David Niebuhr (Audubon Nature Institute), E. Howard Rutherford (USF College of Marine Science), Kristin Evans (Texas State Aquarium), Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski (Mote Marine Laboratory), and Julie Henry (Ocean Advocate and Leadership Coach).

Apologies to David Bader (Aquarium of the Pacific) and Laura Diederick (Smithsonian Marine Station), who also presented sessions that were not fully recorded due to technical issues.

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NMEA 2015 Stegner Memorial Lecture

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, August 20, 2015

We were thrilled to have storyteller Valerie Tutson join us in Newport to be the speaker for our NMEA 2015 Stegner Memorial Lecture. Check out her engaging talk below!

  

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Make your trip to NMEA 2015 even more special with a visit to Block Island

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, February 21, 2015

Block IslandNMEA 2015 will have a wide variety of field trips, which we will highlight here as we get closer to the conference. We are starting with this trip to Block Island because it is limited to 22 participants and early sign-up is highly encouraged - especially to obtain your preference in lodging accommodations!

It will be an active and moderately strenuous introduction to Block Island, a 10 square mile island located 13 miles off the Rhode Island coast with a winter population of about a thousand residents. The trip will include an overnight stay at either The Surf Hotel or The National Hotel, both overlooking Old Harbor.

Available rooms at this peak holiday time on Block Island do differ to some extent and will be assigned on a first come/first choice basis (with an option to upgrade if available).

The field trip itself will include:

  • Ferry excursion to and from Block Island
  • An island tour
  • A “wet & dirty” salt marsh exploration
  • An update on Native American archaeological sites exposed by recent erosion
  • A visit to the Block Island Historical Society
  • An early morning kayak expedition across the Great Salt Pond accompanied by local naturalists
  • Lighthouse tours
  • An update on the Deep Water Wind Offshore project
  • A geological “plunge” off the bluffs
  • A visit to Sun Farm Oysters with its solar upwellers
  • A guided beach hike to the North Light surrounded by dunes filled with nesting gulls

Check out this short video from the Block Island Tourism Council for a peek at what makes the island so special:

Interested in learning more? Visit our Block Island field trip page for full details. If you have any questions, need further information about this trip, or are ready to lock in your hotel and room assignment and register, please contact Lorrie Martin via e-mail here> 

Photo by Block Island Tourism Council - see more here > 

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