COSEE-SouthEast (SE) is part of a national COSEE network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that serves Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. COSEE strives to integrate research science and educational communities.
Georgia Sea Grant has a long history of partnership with COSEE-SE. The Georgia Sea Grant director, now Chuck Hopkinson, sits on the COSEE-SE board. Georgia Sea Grant originally funded the COSEE-SE educator position housed in UGA’s Marine Extension education facility on Skidaway Island.
Over the years, COSEE-SE and Georgia Sea Grant have collaborated extensively. Georgia Sea Grant Communications developed several COSEE-SE informational and educational products, including Georgia Sea Grant’s Georgia’s Amazing Coast ocean science curriculum, which COSEE-SE adapted so that it could be used in North and South Carolina. COSEE-SE Director Lundie Spence and Georgia COSEE educator Angela Bliss frequently confer with Georgia Sea Grant educators and leadership regarding potential areas of collaboration.
For more information, visit the COSEE-SE website or contact Angela Bliss at 912-598-2387.
UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA)
The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) is located on the north end of Skidaway Island on a 1,718-acre tract owned by the University System of Georgia.
MECA serves as the education arm of the Marine Extension Service and a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia. Its mission is to develop the public’s understanding and appreciation of coastal marine environments in the state of Georgia, and to foster respect for the beauty and complexity of these environments. The facility serves PK -12 students and teachers, undergraduate/graduate students, and the general public.
MECA is also home to the Georgia Sea Grant Intern Program, which selects four individuals to train and work for 50 weeks at the center. The program trains the interns to teach people of all ages in settings from marshes and barrier islands to labs and the aquarium.
Other highlights and activities of MECA include:
- Georgia’s original saltwater aquarium
- Teacher courses and workshops for K-12 educators
- Residential and partial-day programs in coastal marine science
- Summer camps
- Field trips