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Professional Development Opportunities
2018 Professional Development Opportunities

BioDiscovery Workshop
June 21, 2018
James Island County Park and Grice Marine Lab (Charleston, SC)

Come BioDiscover! The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and the Charleston County Parks in partnership with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and Grice Marine Lab invite you to be a part of the pilot BioDiscovery Project.

This project aims to promote environmental stewardship through STEM and environmental education programs. This goal is accomplished through the construction and deployment of bioracks, a sampling tool that provides surface area for colonizing aquatic animals.

These tools allow students learn about what lives in their local water, monitor water quality, and is a platform for scientific investigation. If you decide to participate, you will be able to do the following with your students at no cost:
  • Design and build a biorack to study aquatic invertebrates
  • Receive a projection microscope for your classroom
  • Participate in a free guided field trip to an area salt marsh or beach with your students
  • Have access to a data portal and field guide
This project is modeled after Maryland Sea Grant’s Biofilms and Biodiversity Project and is made possible through a grant from the Bosch Community Fund. Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to attend a one-day workshop on June 21st in Charleston to learn how to construct a biorack, build, deploy, and monitor a biorack with your students, and participate in a post program assessment meet-up. If you would like to participate, email Beth Burkett at

Spots are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

Teachers on the Estuary: Connecting Students with Data and Technology
June 26 – 28, 2018
ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve
Deadline to Apply: April 20, 2018

Join education and research staff from the ACE (Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto) Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium for this exciting and educational workshop in the beautiful ACE Basin!

During the workshop, you will explore salt marsh and estuarine ecosystems, collect and analyze different types of research data, create and deploy weather buoys with real-time data sensors, and engage in STEM-based lessons for use in your classroom. Registration is $50 and includes lodging, meals, and transportation off-site. To learn more and to register, please access the informational flyer. Questions can be emailed to EV Bell

From Seeds to Shoreline Teacher Training Workshops
Registration Now Open

New Teachers: August 8, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division, James Island, SC
Register for the New Teacher Workshop

Veteran Teachers: August 9, 2018 from 10 AM – 4 PM (Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge, Bluffton, SC)

Register for the Veteran Teacher Workshop

The From Seeds to Shoreline® program is coordinated by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and is designed to engage K-12 students in learning about the salt marsh ecosystem through growing and transplanting Spartina alterniflora – the dominant plant in the salt marsh. Attendance to the August 8th workshop is a pre-requisite to participate during the 2018 – 2019 school year if you are new to the program.

If you have participated in the From Seeds to Shoreline program for at least one year, we invite you to attend the non-mandatory training on August 9th. More information will be offered at the time of registration; in the meantime, questions can be emailed to EV Bell at

Last updated: 5/15/2018 3:28:38 PM
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