The USM Gulf Coast Research Lab is beginning year three of its watershed education program that will guide teachers in engaging their middle and high school students in a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) that takes place during the fall of 2017 school year in their classroom and during a research cruise on the Pascagoula River aboard GCRL’s R/V Jim Franks.
This program is not limited to classroom teachers. Any adult with a goal of teaching environmental stewardship may lead a group of children of appropriate ages through this experience, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program. The program targets teachers and group leaders working with underserved and under-represented students located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. One chaperone from each participating group must attend the three-day training session at GCRL to learn how to deliver material that will prepare students for their research cruise. That person will receive a stipend ($100/day), CEUs if appropriate (paid through grant), and instructional materials for use in the classroom. Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.
*All participants' students must be at least 12 years old
*A paid field trip in fall to GCRL will be available.