Teachers participating in a MARE workshop.

Educator Professional Development

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Aquarium is proud to promote NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, which encourages educators and students to become personally involved in its voyages and discoveries. These workshops focus on the first volume of the Education Materials Collection Why Do We Explore? (reasons for ocean exploration) and How Do We Explore? (methods and associated technologies). Participants receive many curricula and classroom resources.

This is a two-part workshop. Part one will be held May 9, 2015, and part two will be held in the Fall. Participants who attend both sessions are eligible for a $100 stipend. To learn more about the NOAA workshops and resources visit their website.

Workshop: Why Do We Explore? Part One
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Discover MARE: Marine Activities, Resources, and Education

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the premier Southern California MARE center, providing teachers and schools with science education programs, professional development opportunities, and whole-school Ocean Immersion planning. Developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, MARE is used in more than 800 elementary and middle schools throughout the United States, Mexico, and Japan, providing challenging professional development base on the most current scientific and educational research. MARE instructors can provide whole-school orientations, help organize an Ocean Week, coach teachers in marine science content, and/or teach day-long single-session habitat workshops that are theme and grade specific. If you would like to introduce MARE to your school, please call the Birch Aquarium Programs Coordinator at 858-822-5331.


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