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IN THE NEWS: TOTE Workshop at Waquoit Bay NERR helped develop Climate Change Curriculum. Read More

Why teach about Estuaries? Read More

Teacher Testimonials:
"This was one of the best workshops that I have ever been to. Great balance between inside and outside"
-TOTE Teacher at Narragansett Bay NERR
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Each year there are a variety of teacher trainings offered across the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The most commonly offered is the Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) program, a research and field-based teacher training initiative of the NERRS. 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.

Here are some of the great features of TOTE:

  • Hands-on, field-based teacher workshop
  • Learning activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and/or State Standards
  • Learn how to access and use the on-line Estuaries 101 curriculum and other NERRS/NOAA educational products with students
  • Receive loads of free estuary education resources
  • Gain ideas on how to improve students stewardship of the environment
  • Meet scientists and have fun in a supportive environment of other educators
Teacher Testimonials:

"..the workshop is aligned to the standards and has engaging activities that can be easily implemented in the classroom."
-TOTE/OCEP teacher at South Slough NERR, OR

"Inspirational - Encourages the need to challenge our students to learn and care about their environment and develop into concerned and aware citizens"
-TOTE teacher at Narragansett Bay NERR, RI

"I am looking forward to incorporating many aspects of the Estuaries 101 Curriculum into my environmental class and my 7th grade science class."
-TOTE teacher at Weeks Bay NERR, AL

Last Updated on: 02-10-2016


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