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Catalina Island Marine Ecology Teacher Workshop Scholarship Announcement

January 10th, 2012

Catalina Island Marine Ecology Teacher Workshop Scholarship

June 11-13, 2012
Campus by the Sea, Catalina Island

This three-day two-night teacher workshop hosted by the Long Beach Marine Institute’s Catalina Island Camp is a study in island and marine ecology with an emphasis on the scientific method. Beginning with the program orientation, teachers will be introduced to the process of scientific inquiry, postulation and reporting. They are briefed on the subject of journal keeping and required to maintain a scientific journal for the duration of the camp.
Teachers will learn about Marine Biodiversity and that it is the variation of life at all levels of biological organization, both terrestrial and marine, and that the ocean contains an astonishing totality of genetic species and ecosystem diversity still mostly unknown but with significant implication for food production, energy, public health, business and industry, ecosystem services, and leisure, cultural and aesthetic value.

Workshop participants will also learn about Environmental Marine Biology which includes the study of ocean health. Teachers will understand the importance of scientists determining the quality of the marine environment to ensure that water quality is sufficient to sustain a healthy environment. Pollutants, sediment, and runoff are all potential threats to marine health in coastal areas.

The program is divided into sessions of instruction and field activity. Teachers will participate in sessions that include such programs as Marine Mammals, Intertidal Habitats and Tide Pools, Plankton Lab, Squid and Shark Lab (dissection), Snorkeling with the Marine Naturalist (both day and nighttime), Island Ecology and guided hike, Astronomy and Properties of Sea Water, and venture on a Wetland Kayak Tour field study program that will introduce participants to the observation methods of biological oceanographers and to instill in them an appreciation for the wetland habitats of Southern California. Teachers will be working together to study the interrelationships of living things and their environment, marine ecosystems, and search for the knowledge necessary if we are to deal with the environment and conservation issues we are faced with today.

Campus by the Sea is a RUSTIC camp, located three miles west of Avalon with access by boat or hiking only. Some of the cabins are open and some enclosed, but all provide no electricity. Accommodations consist of bunk-style with from eight-twelve bunks each. Although there will be students at the camp, adults will be lodged with adults only. There is a central restroom pavilion with flush toilets, hot showers, and power outlets. Meals are served family style in the dining hall. Attendees will need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, beach/bath towels, etc. A $45 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT will be required for all scholarship recipients to confirm your attendance at this workshop. Your check will be returned to you at the check-in departure from Long Beach.

(16) Teacher Scholarships will be awarded to attend the three-day, two-night marine workshop on Catalina. Scholarships include transportation to/from Catalina Island, all meals, lodging, curriculum materials, and a $50.00 transportation stipend. WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS MUST TEACH WITHIN THE MEEC BOUNDARIES OF THE SAN BERNARDINO HIGH DESERT REGION, ANTELOPE VALLEY AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY’S BLYTHE REGION.

To download a pdf application, click here Application for Marine Ecology Teacher Workshop Scholarship

Workshop provided by a grant from the Boeing Company