A State-Federal Partnership Program

August 8-10, 2014

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 will arrive late Friday afternoon and stay until Sunday afternoon, for a total of 15 PDP's. Lodging is available at the Reserve in a modest cottage with dorm-style bedrooms. Meals and lodging cost are covered but participants will be responsible for the cost of their ferry ticket ($8) and parking, if necessary ($10/day).

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: August 8-10, 2014 (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 or to register for this workshop. Email: maureen@nbnerr.org; Phone: 401.683.1478

The 2012 TOTE Teachers & NBNERR 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 of TOTE:

  • Work with local scientists and 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 new, web-based curriculum for middle and high school teachers.

Teachers from the 2012 TOTE workshop explore the salt marshes of Prudence Island.

Below you can look at examples of stewardship projects completed by teachers and students from previous years:


Click here to see examples of Stewardship Projects from 2009

Click here to see examples of Stewardship Projects from 2010 (3 MB)
Click here to see examples of Lesson Plans from 2009

Click here to see examples of Lesson Plans from 2010