The University of Georgia offers many programs to support the professional development of teachers. On the coast, University of Georgia Marine Extension Service (MAREX) facilities in Brunswick and Skidaway Island provide diverse field experiences for coastal educators.
In MAREX Brunswick’s The View from Below Project, high school science teachers, members of environmental NGOs, marine science educators, fisheries professors and UGA graduate students board the R/V Georgia Bulldog for at-sea, hands-on learning. Participants chart their course, identify contaminated sites, check water quality, deploy a trawl net, sort and identify target species, release bycatch and even boil shrimp. The photos, data collected and underwater footage are then brought back to children’s educational camps, local high school classes, environmental advocacy groups and upper level biology courses.
MAREX’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) on Skidaway Island offers a variety of teacher workshops, including the unparalleled Georgia Shore program, where teachers spend two weeks conducting their own research for graduate credit or PLUs. MECA also provides in-service training for K-12 educators with the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Schoolyard Program on Sapelo Island.
University of Georgia Marine Extension Service’s 2011 Georgia Shore program participants.