Summer trainings inspire teachers, students
Sail the open seas and discover the Gulf’s ecological wonders first-hand on two unforgettable expeditions that will leave you with a renewed love of science. Once again, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation will take teachers and environmental educators aboard a live vessel for observation, investigation, and collaboration. Whether your interest lies below the Gulf’s surface, in diving its vibrant coral reefs, or in exploring its diverse coastal habitats, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation can provide you with the educational adventure you seek in 2016. Since 1996, participants have rated Down Under Out Yonder and the Intracoastal Waterway Wetland Expedition among their best-ever professional development experiences.
Aboard the M/V Fling, participants receive technical training from scientists and environmental educators, dive or paddle ashore to practice sampling and data collection, and gather back on board to collaborate on teaching and experiencing science. Participants consistently report returning to their students energized and full of new ideas.
The Down Under Out Yonder (DUOY) Coral Reef Expedition is a 2-day Corals to Classrooms workshop that is followed by three days of diving the coral reefs of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Located about 115 miles off the Texas coast, this sanctuary harbors the northernmost coral reefs in the continental US, providing habitat for a variety of fish, turtles, and sharks. Participants return to their classrooms filled with innovative ideas for teaching biology, oceanography, geology, physical science, government, and environmental science.
The Intracoastal Waterway Wetland Expedition (IWWE) Coastal Habitat Workshop allows participants to cruise the estuaries of coastal Texas by way of the Intracoastal Waterway for five days. Along the way, they stop to explore diverse habitats as they learn about the natural and human threats to our living coast. Educators of all levels walk away from this experience with new knowledge and skills for educating students about coastal ecology, economy, and geography.
Schedule and Registration
The DUOY classroom component will take place Saturday, July 9, through Sunday, July 10. Participants will spend Monday, July 11, through Wednesday, July 13 aboard the M/V Fling diving the reefs. To sign up for DUOY, or for more information, click here.
The IWWE cruise is scheduled for Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 17. Participants will board the M/V Fling in Freeport the evening of Sunday, June 12. To sign up for IWWE, or for more information, click here.
Applications due March 5th!
IWWE and DUOY are made possible by people like you and these corporate sponsors.