December 2015 Newsletter - National Marine Educators Association

December 2015 headerDear NMEA members,

When you need lesson plans or photos, who do you turn to in your professional network?

In the 19 years that I’ve been a member of the National Marine Educators Association, my international network of NMEA colleagues has happily provided me with those lesson plans, photos or anything else I needed. They’ve also sent along craft activities for family-friendly events, and even provided free tickets to their facilities when I travel to their part of the world.  I’ve been just as happy to share whatever resources one of you might request from me to help make your job a bit easier.

Now I reach out again for your assistance, this time for NMEA’s Annual Appeal. Please consider making an end-of-the-year gift to support the work of this organization. It’s as simple as visiting this link on our website

NMEA exists to help its members spread the word about marine education, but we cannot do it without you. Let's support each other's work, and the great work being done by NMEA as an organization, by making a gift to the NMEA Annual Appeal. Visit our site to make your donation to NMEA. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Thank you for all that you've done in 2015 to connect students to their aquatic environments, to make resource users more ocean literate and to promote marine education in your publications, facilities, and neighborhoods. Let's make a 2016 a productive and innovative year for NMEA. It's a good thing we love our work. It's never done.

Best Regards, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!

Robert C Rocha Jr.
NMEA President 2015-2016

December 2015 Current Header

We’re excited to bring you a special issue of Current supported in part by the University of Georgia Office of Public Service and Outreach and its units in Marine Extension and the Georgia Sea Grant College Program! This issue is full of exciting topics focused on engaging communities, solving problems, and creating effective educational programs. Take a look and don't miss the updated deadlines for article submissions for future issues!  

Call for NMEA 2016 proposals

NMEA 2016 conference The call for concurrent session proposals for the 2016 NMEA conference – Making Waves: Current Connections in Marine Science – is NOW OPEN! 

Not presenting? We still hope to see you at NMEA 2016, which will be hosted by our FMSEA chapter in Orlando, Fla., from June 25 through July 1, 2016. Get a preview of all that you'll be able to see and do on our website! 
EMSEA 2015 recap header

EMSEA 2015
The third European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference was hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Heraklion, Crete, this fall.

Read a recap from NMEA President Robert Rocha, who attended the conference, along with many other NMEA members, and take a look at the tweets, photos, and links we compiled throughout the event in this Storify!  

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Marrero webinar
Join board member Meghan Marrero, Dr. Edie Widder, and Anna Cummins for Our Ocean in Your Hands: From Science to Solutions, a live webinar that will be held January 22. Registration is free, but limited to the first 50 classrooms that sign up, so hurry! Learn more > 

Here's another fun opportunity for your students: our Massachusetts Marine Educators chapter is co-sponsoring an annual Marine Art Contest with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Not only do winning students have their artwork displayed throughout New England and in an annual calendar, they can also win prizes! Full details > 

Several of our chapters held their annual meetings and conferences this fall - our Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association chapter held their annual conference at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and whales took center stage at the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association annual meeting

H2O HolidaysHave some time off for the holidays? Celebrate along with us on social media with our #H2OHolidays fun facts and don't forget to take a look at What's New blog to catch up with all that's been happening with our members and chapters! 

Finally, a few quick reminders: 

  • Board member Sean Russell is working with EarthEcho International to create its inaugural Youth Leadership Council. This will be a group of up to 15 young people who will have the unique opportunity to provide input to and assist in the development of environmental education and conservation based programs engaging young people on a global scale. Applications are being accepted through December 31, 2015. Full details > 
  • Current NMEA members who are logged into our website can access digital issues of Current, which is a benefit of membership and features lively, in-depth articles and activities relating to all aspects of the world of water. The next submission deadline will be April 25. Get additional details on how you can submit a piece for publication here > 
  • Are you looking to make a career change? Or seeking a fun volunteer or professional development opportunity? We're compiling employment and professional development opportunities on our website. Have an opportunity you'd like us to share? Send us an email and let us know - we just need a short description, a link to the full posting (either a webpage or PDF is fine), the location, and the closing date.  
  • We'd love to share your news and events too! Does your chapter have a great regional workshop coming up, or was a member just recognized for something really cool? Or do you have a striking photograph that would look good on our homepage? Drop us an email, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter, so we can help spread the news! 
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