NAAEE Preconference Workshop

Tuesday, October 10, 7–9 pm — Wednesday, October 11, 9am–5pm

Workshop J. EE for the Inland Seas: COSEE Great Lakes

A new Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence fosters environmental literacy using Great Lakes and ocean information. Examine how we facilitate scientist-educator-public collaboration. Participants receive the Greatest of the Great Lakes curriculum, updates on issues and invitations to events.

Participants: Minimum 10, max 35; cost to participants $25, subsidized by COSEE Great Lakes as a Teachable Moment for Lake Superior.

Sponsored by Elementary & Secondary Education Section of NAAEE

Presenters: Rosanne Fortner, Bruce Munson, Robin Goettel, Marti Martz [new for PA Sea Grant], Steve Stewart, Terri Hallesy, Helen Domske, Jim Lubner and Cindy Hagley

Expanded Workshop Description:

Great Lakes Sea Grant Network educators, representing 8 states and 1st Nations Tribes of the region will bring to NAAEE the focal environmental concepts and activities of an NSF/NOAA Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence.

This workshop relates to the conference theme because our COSEE organizer is “Paddle-to-the-Sea.” We use the analogy of a carved wooden Indian in a canoe that drifts through the Great Lakes to the ocean. Our programs deal with that kind of progression: freshwater to salt, watershed to sea. We also deal with environmental progress: from historical water quality issues to current challenges, from traditional environmental science methods to the technology of remote observing systems, and from fragmented management to an ecosystem approach. Changes over time and distance will characterize the content and methods of this workshop. Starting at the “headwaters” of marine and Great Lakes education we will take our participants forward to future education opportunities.

Our selection of Strand 4 is based on our commitment to foster ocean and Great Lakes literacy, grounding learning in place-based and regionally relevant contexts while meeting the standards for science curricula and environmental education excellence. The innovative curriculum materials we have developed, and the funding for not only teacher and student enhancement but also service learning, give participants in our program new tools and support for reaching toward environmental literacy. Finally our model of education partnerships with research science, informal education and classrooms demonstrates a workable approach for involvement of multiple stakeholders in achieving goals of environmental education.


Tuesday 7-9pm Meet and Greet! Great Lakes & COSEE overview [How big is crowd, Native activity from GOGL] Rosanne, Bruce & all
Weds 9am Brainstorm knowledge of GL & extent of value
Overview ppt show
9:45 Introduction to GOGL & original curric sets Terri, Robin
10:00 Break, time to look over materials
10:15 Activities and info on exotic species in GL Terri, Robin
11:15 Activities and info on climate change in GL Rosanne
Noon Lunch
12:45 Historical and modern issues Helen, Steve
2:30 Break
3:00 Satellite, Buoy and other data for GL observation Steve
4:15 Participants choice [3 activities: classify fish, estuary nursery, other… All
4:45 Debrief, evaluate, invite to other sessions Rosanne

For Scientists:

Let COSEE help in engaging educational outreach

Events by Date:

November 9 – 10, 2012
EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Inspire Great Lakes Stewardship! Help Your Students Protect their Watershed
July 8 – 14, 2012
Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop Aboard the R/V Lake Guardian
June 11 – 12, 2012
Science and Stories of the St. Louis River Estuary: Exploring Technology for Teaching About the St. Louis River
July 25 – 30, 2010
Lake Ontario Exploration Workshop
July 6 – 12, 2010
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Michigan
R/V Lake Guardian
October 14, 2009
Lake Erie Teacher Workshop
Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY
August 26, 2009
Exploring the Link between Invasive Species & the Erie Canal
Spencerport, NY
July 25 – 31, 2009
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Huron
R/V Lake Guardian
July 18 – 24, 2009
Lake Erie Exploration Workshop
July 7 – 13, 2009
Shipboard and Shoreline Science on Lake Superior
R/V Lake Guardian
February 16 – 27, 2009
Great Lakes ALIVE
On-line workshop through the College of Exploration

« past events