Professional Development

Teacher Opportunities and Courses

In addition to the specific opportunities listed below, many of WhaleNet's Affiliates offer other opportunities for individuals interested in marine science. A number of Aquariums and marine education organizations, that offer programs for teachers, are linked on our educational resources page. And there are volunteer research opportunities through some of the Marine Mammal Stranding Networks.

Field Study in Natural Science
(formerly CTA 592: Field Study in Marine Science)
Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

This courses are taught by Michael Williamson (email), WhaleNet PI, and is offered through Endicott College, Beverly, Mass, and Wheelock College, Boston, Mass. The course covers life and physical sciences as they apply to general marine environment, research methods, and marine ecology. Learn science concepts hands-on while focusing on whale populations. The courses are taught in Longue Pointe de Mingan, Quebec in conjunction with the Mingan Island Cetacean Study during the first weeks of August. Independent study courses are available at other times (see below).

A special session of EDP 571 is offered in Baja, Mexico during February and March. Experience Baja and study marine life in the area.

A summer course in Longue Pointe de Mingan, Quebec, on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, offers unique field experiences with blue, humpback and fin whales as well as dolphins, seals and sea birds. This course is offered in conjunction with the Mingan Island Cetacean Study research center and WhaleNet/Wheelock College.

Bermuda Masters Program

This master's degree program is offered in Bermuda by Wheelock College for the 2000-2001 academic years. Check this link for details of the program. (Additional off-campus prorams)

EduTel EduTel Communications

on-line and on-site Professional Development Workshops in Application of Educational Technology.

Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic

This College in Bar Harbor, Maine offers a number of summer courses in Ecology and Marine Mammalogy.

Other Professional Development Opportunities Listed by State


Elias National Parks
3217 Doil Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507
Contact: John Wenger

Study the natural history of Denali and Wrangell-st on 10-day field expeditions. Credit from the University of Alaska.


M.A.R.E (Marine Activities Resources & Education) Lawrence Hall of Science
University of California, Berkeley, CA. 94627-5200
Contact: Sarah Christie (510) 642-5008

MARE Summer Institute for K-8 Teacher Workshops.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD,
9500 Gilman Dr. UCSD-0207, La Jolla, CA 92093-0207
Contact: Diane Baxter (619) 534-6295

Oceanography and Coastal Processes Course for Elementary and Middle School Teachers.

Coastal Zone '99
Contact: Chantal Lefebre (617) 287-5575

The People, The Coast, The Ocean: Vision 2020 In San Diego, CA


Coastal Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys
Marine Resources Development Foundation
P.O. Box 787, Key Largo, FL 33037
Contact: mrdf@mrdf.org, (800) 741-1139

J. Seward Johnson Marine Education Center

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, 5600 US 1 North, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
Contact: Susan Cook (561) 465-2400 x500

Workshops for college faculty and marine educators.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Contact: (800)372-1797 ext. 6

Offers two summer sessions of Eco-Educators Adventure Camps for elementary and secondary teachers including working side-be-side with zoo keepers.

Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center
announces the offering of a Field course at the DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER, February 27- March 4, 2000

Institute of Marine and Coastal Studies
Nova Southeastern University
Oceanographic Center
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania, Florida 33004-3078
email: imcs@ocean.nova.edu
If further information is desired, please write to the above address or call (954) 262-3600 or toll free 800-396-2326. Fax (954) 262-4020


Waikiki Aquarium
2777 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HE 96815
Contact: Mary Gullickson (808)799-8111

Two week institute for teachers about the ocean and the curriculum The Fluid/Living Ocean.


Field Studies by the Sea
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
contact: Jean Boddy (800) 597-9500

Graduate level summer courses in natural history and environmental sciences for practicing teachers and their families.

Applied Marine Ecology in Maine
George Washington Univ., Dept of Biological Sciences, Washington DC, 20052
contact: Robert E. Knowlton (202) 994-6093

Summer undergraduate and graduate courses for teachers. Field studies of interactions among biotic and abiotic components of coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on human impacts.


Environmental Concern Inc.
PO Box P, St. Michaels, MD 21663
Contact: Education Department (410) 745-9620

WOW! Wonders of the Wetlands is a 330 page instruction guide containing over 50 hands-on activities for K-12 educators. Workshops can be arranged at a time and location to suit.

Bermuda Marine Ecology Teacher Education Training
Bermuda Aquarium, Saverna Park, MD
384 Magothy Rd., Saverna Park, ME 21146
Contact: Mary Winchell (410) 647-9247

A summer course for secondary level science teachers in tropical marine biology and island ecology.


EduTel Communications

On-line and on-site Professional Development Workshops in the Applications of Educational Technology.

Harbor Explorations
U Mass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125
Contact: Mike Borek (617) 287-7666

Three summer teacher institutes include The Fluid Earth, The Living Ocean and Harbor Explorations.

Earthwatch Center For Field Research

Earthwatch offers a large number of educational field expeditions.

Marine Education Center of Cape Ann

MECCA offers short courses in the area of Cape Ann (Gloucester), Massachusetts.

SEA Education Association

Contact: Admission Office (800) 552-3633 ext 770

The Sea Education Association (SEA) challenges students and teachers with exciting, interdisciplinary academic programs ashore and at sea.

Center for Coastal Studies Summer Programs
Provincetown, MA

The CCS offers a variety of summer programs.


Univ of Southern Mississippi's Institute of Marine Sciences
J.L. Scott Marine Education Center & Aquarium
115 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 29530
contact: Johnett Bosarge (228) 374-5550 ext 135

PMD Teachers' workshops on the Jason Project and other topics. Teacher Mini-Camps for two days to one week. Pathfinder is an intensive 16-day summer course for K-12 teachers. Coastal Ecology for Teachers is an 11 day graduate credit course.

New Hampshire

Operation Pathfinder
University of New Hampshire Sea Grant Extension
Kingman Farm
Durham, NH 03824
Contact: Sharon Meeker (603) 749-1565

An oceanographic and Coastal Processes graduate-level course for Teachers from the Northeast states of NY, CT, MA, RI, NH, and ME. July 7-24, 1999. Funding to the teacher covers tuition, most travel expenses, food, lodging, materials and a $300 stipend.

New York

Project Integrated Science Learning Expedition (ISLE)
Trevor Day School
1 West 88 Street, New York, NY 10024
Contact: Dietrich Nebert (888) 521-8139

A 15-day integrated science workshop for K-12 teachers in Hawaii.

Operation Pathfinder
New York State Sea Grant
Contact: (516) 632-6905

Summer course for teachers.

Schooner Harvey Gamage Foundation
PO Box 446 Cornwall, NY 12518
Contact: Bart Rogers (800) 724-7245

Schooner Program of Adventure and Discovery From the Caribbean Sea to the Coast of New England includes research/study opportunities for college credit.

North Carolina

North Carolina Maritime Museum Summer Science School
315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516
Contact: JoAnne Powell (919) 728-7317

Programs and weekend workshops of interest to teachers include the regular field trip programs listed on the museum calendar.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
2201 Fort Fisher Blvd S., Box 1, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Contact: (910)458-7468

Offers teacher workshops addressing different aspects of water quality, biology, ecology, art, maritime history and more.


Stone Laboratory - Ohio State University
1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
Contact: Arleen Pineda (614) 292-8949

Summer college courses for selected college and graduate level students and teachers in natural resources and biological and environmental sciences.


Texas A&M University at Galveston Summer Programs
PO Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553
Contact: Marie Armstrong (409)740-4525

Sea Camp: a hands-on marine adventure for 10 to 16 year olds and marine educators. Free to educators serving as counselors for Sea Camp.

Teacher Camp 1 and 11
Sea World Adventure Camps
10500 Sea World Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251
Contact: Ann Quinn (800) 700-7786

Educators immerse themselves in learning at Sea World San Antonio.


Tropical Reef Ecology of the Virgin Islands
Antioch University and O.C.E.A.N.S.
6034 Butterball Ln NE, Olympia, WA 98516
Contact: Susan Wertz 360/456-1854

A course prior to the National Marine Educators Conference.

Center for Whale Research

Summer internships in Friday Harbor, Washington researching orca.


Belize Tropical Marine Biology
Oceanic Society Expeditions
For Mason Center, Building E, San Francisco, CA 94123
Contact: Jennifer (800) 326-1106

workshop for K-12 teachers.

Tropical Marine Biology in the Bahamas
George Washington University
Department of Biological Sciences, GWU, Washington, DC 20052
Contact: Robert Knowlton

Tropical Marine Biology in the Bahamas for college students and teachers.

Belize Marine Trec Tropical Research & Education Center
San Pedro, Belize
Contact: Dr. Ken Mattes 001-501-26-3389

Their staff assist teachers in conducting tropical field courses. Programs adjusted to suit the instructor.

Oceanography Field Course to the Caribbean
Kean University
Department of Geology, Union, NY 07083
Contact: Dr. Kievman

Explore the earth processes that control the development and evolution of islands in the Caribbean.

Tropical Marine Biology for Teachers
Hofstra University Marine Laboratory, Biology Dept., Hempstead, NY 11550
Contact: Dr. Eugene Kaplan (516)463-5520

This graduate summer course explores tropical marine environments from rocky and sandy shores to mangrove swamps and coral reefs.

The Bridge

An on-line teacher resource center on the National Marine Educator's home page. Both summer and academic year opportunities for teachers are located under the Professional Development section.


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