Marine & Aquatic Education & Literacy Projects
Building New England Connections
BNEC connects New England elementary and middle school teachers and their students to their local environments and the Long Island Sound. A joint venture between Project Oceanology and Connecticut Sea Grant, the project bridges the gap between the teaching of science and the process of science by providing teachers with professional development experiences and students with meaningful educational experiences. Direct connections are made to marine, estuarine and aquatic environments through the use of Long Island Sound and its extensive watershed, which extends through most of New England. The project materials and philosophy are rooted in state and national science education standards and the ocean literacy essential principles and fundamental concepts. Funded by NOAA's B-WET (Bay Watershed Education and Training) New Enland program. Interested teachers may contact Diana Payne for information about joining our team!
Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher program (LISMT)
The (LISMT) program is sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant and funded by the EPA Long Island Sound Study. Program goals are to promote the use of Long Island Sound educational resources, and to promote the interdisciplinary use of the Long Island Sound watershed and its resources in K-12 classrooms. The latest Connecticut Sea Grant education publication, Long Island Sound Curricular Resource Guide, boasts “tried and true” lessons developed by the LISMT.
Seeking a few good teachers...
Connecticut Sea Grant is seeking teams of teachers from each of the following grade level subsets: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each grade level specific team will work together to plan a professional development session for their peers. There is funding for each team to provide an outdoor component (shore or boat excursion) as part of the session. Each LISMT receives a stipend and lots of Long Island Sound resources! Please contact Diana Payne to apply.Diana Payne
Connecticut Environmental Literacy Plan
Connecticut is in the process of preparing an Environmental Literacy Plan. The project is led by the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (COEEA), which notes “within the United States and in Connecticut, the need for comprehensive environmental education has never been greater. The health of Connecticut’s future depends on its citizens being environmentally literate and able to make informed choices about environmental issues such as water use, air quality, and land development. Connecticut, along with many of its sister states and conservation organizations, is working with the federal government to create Environmental Literacy Plans (ELP) to prepare today’s youth to become tomorrow’s stewards of the environment.” For more information and to sign up to be involved in this effort, visit the COEEA web site.
Nab the Aquatic Invader!
"Nab the Aquatic Invader! is a fun way to learn about aquatic invaders. By using this site you can check out lots of unusual species that create real problems in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions. There are many ways that this site can help you with your class projects. By doing the activities and playing the games on this site, you will learn about nature and be inspired to help the environment by "nabbing" these pesky critters and seeing that you can make a difference.