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Massachusetts Marine Educators
National Assets of
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Boston Harbor & its Islands
University of Masssachusetts/Boston
Urban Harbors Institute, UMass
for Teaching & Learning
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Location: UMass/Boston -- McCormack Hall
9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
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Educators Conference JOIN MASSACHUSETTS MARINE EDUCATORS TODAY!
Saturday, October 1, 2011 Massachusetts Marine Educators is a dynamic grassroots organization of teachers
(kindergarten through college), representatives from museum, aquaria, govern-
National Assests of Boston Harbor and ment and business, and individuals. Our goal is to create a marine literate society
by integrating marine studies into existing curricula. MME develops and shares
its Islands for Teaching and Learning curriculum materials, holds frequent meetings, and helps provide in-service
teacher training. Membership is $20 per year, which includes a subscription to
Flotsam & Jetsam, our newsletter, and notices of upcoming events, including the
annual meeting in Woods Hole and the High School Science Symposium. You are
welcome to explore our Web site at: www.massmarineeducators.org.
Welcome to all teachers, environmental educators, scientists, naturalists, and
interested citizens. Join now and pay by credit card, cash or money order at this conference.
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or pay by check, payable to MME and return this form and your payment of $20 to:
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resources and its place in American history. Whether one is interested in
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water quality, art or popular music, the harbor provides a setting for inspira-
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make the islands an element in your classroom lessons.
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encourage you to continue your harbor explorations -- in the classroom and
on the water -- in the days and years ahead.
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Enjoy your day and leave with a greater appreciation of Boston Harbor and
its islands and the other marine resources just oﬀ our shore.
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BHEC Organizing Committee Conference Schedule
Many thanks to these committee members who worked diligently and LOCATION: UMass/Boston, McCormack Hall
tirelessly to bring you this day.
Chair: Peg Collins 8:00-8:55 Registration with Coﬀee & Pastries -- Ryan Lounge
Gail Brookings Russ Bowles Kelly Fellner 9:00-10:15 Workshop 1 (see descriptions on following pages)
Carl Johnson Joe LaPointe Dennis Leigh
Douglas Maitland Duncan Maitland Linda McIntosh 10:15-10:30 Coﬀee Break -- Ryan Lounge
Chris Ratley Bobby Robinson Anne Smrcina
10:30-11:15 Keynote Presentation -- Liz Eddy, Biological Technician,
Meg Tabacsko Dawn Tesorero
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
Citizen Science and Stewardship
In Memoriam 11:15-12:30 Workshop 2 (see descriptions on following pages)
is year’s Boston Harbor Educators Conference is dedicated to the 12:30-1:00 Lunch in Dining Hall
memory of Joe Balsama, a faithful and devoted member of the 1:30-4:00 Boat Tour of Outer Harbor with visit to Georges Island narrated
BHEC Organizing Committee and long-time member of the by Carl Johnson
Massachusetts Marine Educators.
4:00 Return to UMass/Boston
Map of the Boston Harbor Islands
CITIZEN SCIENCE AND STEWARDSHIP
Elizabeth Eddy, Research Technician, Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
As a high school senior, Liz Eddy ﬁrst became involved with the Boston Harbor
Islands when she joined the park’s partnership youth program Boston’s Environmental
Ambassadors to the National Parks, now known as Island Ambassadors. Upon
graduation, she began working for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area.
After two seasons as a Visitor Use Assistant and one season as an Interpretive Park
Ranger, she is now in her second season as Biological Technician.
During her time at the park, she has helped develop and lead educational junior
ranger programs, led salt marsh walks on ompson Island, and has more recently
been focused on citizen-science opportunities and stewardship in the park. In Fall
2011, she will begin earning her Master’s degree as a Biological Oceanography
student at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography,
where she will continue to conduct coastal research for the National Park Service.
Workshop Sessions Workshop Sessions
Eyes on the Pulse of Life in a Tide Pool Room TBD Using Art to Connect People with Island Resources Room TBD
So OK, everyone has done some tide pooling. And, I bet you were very impressed Public art initiatives are a powerful way to connect people with the natural world
by the variety of life that you ﬁnd. But did you ever take a closer look at what and serve as an educational tool. In this workshop, artist and educator Carolyn
makes life tick. In this workshop, we will take a closer look, and I mean, Lewenberg will present many examples of art based projects that are a vehicle for
CLOSER, look at some common forms of tide pool life. Many of the smaller interpretive park programming on the Boston Harbor Islands. Carolyn will discuss
denizens of the marine environment have transparent bodies and/or body parts the power of creating memorable visual references and experiences that resonate
that allow us to “see” the inside of an organism without any harm to the organism. with people, and how this memorable response to the art serves to connect a person
Today, we will focus on the circulatory system of some common marine organisms to the place.
and check out the Pulse of Life. e workshop will end with some ideas and Presented by Carolyn Lewenberg, Artist and National Park Service Youth Jobs Coordinator
curriculum plans so that you can bring the lesson to your own students and
duplicate the lab in your own classroom. We will discuss the humane handling Tidepools in the Classroom Room TBD
of marine life, its care, availability of specimens and try to incorporate biological Learn about the diﬀerent habitats, adaptations, structures and functions of our
terminology and science frameworks within the lesson. e workshop will be local coastal marine animals. Participate in several inquiry-based hands-on
suitable for all elementary through high school classes. activities that you can use in your classroom while connecting science skills such
Presented by: Joe LaPointe, Retired Marine Science Teacher, Dedham High School
as inquiry, observations and investigations with literacy skills. Discover the
strengths of using simple magniﬁcation tools to enhance observations, encourage
Teaching the Lunar Cycle with the Rhythm of the Tides Room TBD students to ask questions and discover.
(double session with ﬁeld component) Presented by: Nicole Scola, Supervisor of Teacher Services, New England Aquarium
From the size and shape of its grains to its composition, sand has a story
One of the most inﬂuential factors aﬀecting our coastlines and the living Getting Around the Islands without Actually Room TBD
communities that inhabit them is the twice daily ﬂuctuation of the tides. After Going ere
graphing data from tide charts, patterns emerge which can lead to a true scientiﬁc Boston Harbor’s Islands are being studied by many researchers looking at a variety
investigation into the forces behind the tides and an enhanced understanding of of topics. What if you can’t get out to the islands, but want to use them in your
the Earth-Moon System. Various teaching methods will be demonstrated in the classroom? is workshop will provide some options for introducing the islands to
classroom and in the ﬁeld. Materials and resources will also be made available. your students. e focus will be on mapping, but will also involve some math,
is workshop will help address Learning Standards in Earth and Space Science, history and science. We’ll also check out a couple of options for activities if you
Grades 3-12, for the Massachusetts State Frameworks in Science and Technol- only have one opportunity for a trip to one of the islands.
ogy/Engineering. Presented by Robert Rocha, Science Programs Manager, New Bedford Whaling Museum
Presented by Bill Andrake, Swampscott Middle School
Flush Back Time Room TBD Each of these workshops will be oﬀered twice during the
After a brief introduction to the wastewater treatment process in place today
at the state-of –the-art Deer Island Treatment Plant, take a step back in time. day except “Teaching the Lunar Cycle,” which is a double
Flush Back Time is an original MWRA slide show production that documents session with a ﬁeld component.
the history of the toilet and plumbing systems and the changes in technol-
ogy throughout the ages. It also follows the history of waste disposal methods
throughout the centuries, or lack thereof. See and discuss slides of garderobes
used in medieval times to the present day vacuum toilets. Professional Development Points (PDPs) are available. Check with
Presented by Meg Tabacsko, Manager, MWRA School Education Program the registration desk about how to receive these points.