A State-Federal Partnership Program

July 10-12, 2015

Teachers on the Estuary, The Wonders of Wetlands and Project WET

Join us this summer on beautiful Prudence Island, home of the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve, for a full weekend of hands-on learning. Topics will include estuaries, climate change and water resources. Participants will engage in three different workshops: Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE), The Wonders of Wetlands (WOW!) and Project WET. An abundance of resources will be provided as part of this multi-faceted workshop to help you bring your knowledge back to your classroom or education center.

Participants are welcome to arrive as early as Friday morning for free time to explore the island, or arrive late Friday afternoon for the official kick-off; the workshop will continue all day Saturday and end late Sunday afternoon.

This workshop is provided free of charge and includes lodging and meals. Lodging is provided at the Reserve in a modest cottage with dorm-style bedrooms. Participants will be responsible for the cost of their ferry ticket ($10) and parking, if necessary ($10/day). There is street parking in Bristol available for no charge.

The majority of the activities will be hands-on or in the field, as the weather allows.We will also spend time reviewing online resources from the NERRS and NOAA as well, including water quality graphing applications and the Estuaries 101 online curriculum for middle and high school.

When: July 10-12, 2015 (late Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon)

Who Should Register: Many of the activities are geared towards middle and high school teachers, but pre-service and informal educators are welcome to attend.

Co-Hosted By: Narragansett Bay Research Reserve and the RI Department of Environmental Management, Fish & Wildlife Division.

Please contact Maureen Dewire, Education Coordinator for the Research Reserve, with any questions and to register for this workshop. Registration deadline is June 1st and space is limited to 12 participants.

Maureen Dewire Contact Info: maureen@nbnerr.org; 401.683.1478

The 2014 TOTE/Project WET/WOW Teachers & NBNERR/DEM Staff gather for a photo on their last day of TOTE.

The goal of TOTE is to improve teachers' and students' understanding of the environment using local examples and to provide resources and experience to support the incorporation of estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching. The course is also designed to promote stewardship of watersheds and estuaries.

Features/Benefits of TOTE:

  • Work with experienced coastal educators.
  • Explore coastal habitats and carry out field studies.
  • Learn how to use real data and guide student investigations.
  • Try out Estuaries 101, a web-based curriculum for middle and high school teachers.
  • Learn about opportunities to bring your students to the Reserve for a day of exploratory and place-based learning.

Teachers from the 2014 TOTE/Project WET/WOW workshop explore the salt marshes of Prudence Island, learning about impacts of climate change and sea level rise on our area shorelines.