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Teachers on the Estuary: Climate Stewards in Action

Posted by | April 24, 2013 | Filed under: Program Activities

Project Summary

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a 4-day field and research-based summer workshop designed for middle and high school science teachers. The workshop aims to improve teacher and student understanding of the environment using local examples, and to provide resources and experience to support the incorporation of climate change, ecosystem services, systems thinking, service learning, estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching. The course is also designed to promote stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. Following the summer workshop, teachers implement a stewardship project with students throughout the school year, using a $200 mini-grant through TOTE. Teachers also commit to attending a half-day fall follow up session to report on their stewardship project progress.

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  • Year 4 (TOTE): July 22 to 25, 2013: follow up session in the fall (date TBD)
  • Year 3 (TOTE II): July 16 to 19, 2012
  • Year 2 (TOTE): July 11 to 14, 2011; November 5, 2011
  • Year 1 (TOTE): July 26 to 29, 2010; November 6, 2010


  • Learn how to facilitate climate change role play activities with students.
  • Investigate systems thinking and service learning.
  • Try out Estuaries 101, a new online curriculum with climate change activities
  • Explore ecosystem service research with local scientists.


Teachers on the Estuary: Climate Stewards in Action is supported by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative.


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