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NMEA 2017 Conference - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the information you're looking for on the website? Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received by the NMEA17 planning committee.

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FAQ Categories

 Registration  Auction  Miscellaneous



Do I need to be an NMEA member to register for the conference? 

In order to register for the conference, participants must first register for a yearly membership with NMEA. Participation in the NMEA 2017 Annual Conference is one of the many benefits of being a member of the National Marine Educators Association.  The yearly membership to NMEA also provides members access to conference scholarships, a subscription to Current: The Journal of Marine Education, discounts at aquariums and science centers around the country and more.  To view a full list of membership benefits, click here.

NMEA offers several different membership levels depending on your status, including discounted membership rates for students and emerging professionals. To view the different membership levels click here.

During the registration process you will create a username and password for the NMEA website. Once you have your username and password you can log in and register for the annual conference.

To register for NMEA membership today, please click here.


How do I pay by check?

To pay by check, please complete the paper registration form here and mail the check to the address on the first page of the form. Multiple people from the same organization may register, however each person must complete a form individually but the payment can be in a single check.

Make sure your organization makes the check out to South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA) and not to NMEA. Provide your organization with the SCMEA W-9 in case they need it to complete the check payment.

If your organization needs a completed vendor enrollment form, please email the form to The form will be filled out and sent back.

If your organization requires an invoice to process the payment, please fill out the registration form and email it We will create an invoice based on your selections.


Can I pay for conference registration and optional ticketed items (field trips, etc.) on separate credit card transactions?

Yes! Please follow the directions below to pay for your conference registration and optional ticket items with separate credit card transactions.

Step 1:  Complete your conference registration with your first method of payment.

Register for the conference and select only the items you want to pay for on the first credit card transaction. This should include the conference registration fee ($450 until April 16, $500 after April 16). Complete the registration and make your payment.

Step 2:  Edit your registration and add additional items to be paid for with the second credit card transaction.

1.  Log in to the NMEA website with your member username and password (

2.  Under "My Profile" navigate to the "Manage Profile" page.

3.  Select "Event Registrations."

4.  Click on the pencil icon beside your conference registration. This will allow you to modify your registration. (Note: if you receive an error message when trying to edit your registration, please send an email to and we will fix it immediately).

5.  On the "Attendee Info" tab, enter the validation code at the bottom of the page (leave the rest of the registration

      information the same).

6.  Under the "Attendee Selections" page select your add-ons. Don't unselect previous event purchases as this will cancel your previous selections.

7.  Click "Save and Proceed to Checkout."

8.  You will be able to pay the additional purchases with a separate credit card transaction.

If you encounter an error message during this process, please email


Can I register for the conference now and pay for a field trip, workshop, or guest ticket later?

You sure can! Follow the directions above for paying with a second credit card. Please keep in mind that field trips, workshops, and guest tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, so don't delay in making these additional purchases.




Does my auction donation qualify as a charitable donation?
NMEA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. A written acknowledgment of your donation for your tax records will be sent when your donation is received. Please consult a tax advisor to determine whether your contribution is deductible.


Where can I drop off my chapter basket?
Chapter baskets will be accepted at the registration desk. If chapter reps would like to set-up their basket display, the Emerald ballroom will be open from 11:00-12:00 on Tuesday, June 27th. 


Where can I purchase tickets for the chapter basket auction?
Chapter basket auction tickets may be purchased at the registration desk and from auction committee members during the chapter lunch.

How do I pay for chapter basket tickets?
We accept cash and credit card payment for chapter basket tickets. Tickets will be $1.00 a ticket or $10.00 for 15 tickets.

When is the silent/live auction?
The silent and live auctions will be on Tuesday, June 27th.

How do I donate to the silent or live auction?
Donating is easy! Follow this link
to the auction page of the NMEA conference website. If you would like to contact a member of the Auction Committee email




What are the NMEA17 Conference Committees doing to keep the conference "Green"?

The NMEA Conference Committees are working hard to make the conference as green as possible. Here are a few things they are doing with conservation in mind:

  • Asking registrants to bring their own lanyard and water bottle.

  • Placing conference booklet PDF online closer to conference start to decrease need for printing. Also using Event App (EventXD, check it out!) to decrease need for printed materials.

  • Printing booklets on recycled paper.

  • Purchased eco-friendly jute bags for registrants.

  • Providing water at stations instead of using water bottles.

  • Re-purposing old political signs for the McLeod event. Be sure to check them out!

  • Serving local and sustainable seafood when seafood is served.

  • Reusing auction paddles from years past. We'll be sure to pass them on to SWMEA!

  • McLeod Plantation Kickoff event will be a zero waste event with compostable plates, cups and napkins as well as recyclable bottles, cans and wine corks.

  • South Carolina Aquarium ticketed event will be a zero waste event with real plates, cups and napkins as well as recyclable bottles, cans and wine corks.


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