Friday, February 15, 2008


When: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - From 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Where: Erie 2 BOCES, Science Center, 10001 Route 60, Fredonia, NY.

What: This workshop will be an introduction to Coral reefs, where they are located on the planet, the kinds of plants and animals that live there, how they live together and the challenges of global warming as well as appropriate activities for your classroom. Teachers attending this workshop will be eligible to borrow a multigrade Tropical Marine Ecology (TME) Materials Kit for use in their classroom. The kit includes a variety of books, video tapes, slides, tropical sand, coral skeletons, shells, and two stereo microscopes.

Workshop presenters will include past participants from our summer Tropical Marine Ecology Program; Helen Domske, Sea Grant Specialist and Garry Dole, Science Resources Coordinator. Many of the activities are thematic units that have been developed using materials from the TME Kit.

To Register: Teachers using science kits from Erie 2 BOCES please check with your building administrator after February 25, 2008. All others call the Science Center at 800-344-9611, x-2598.

Monday, February 11, 2008



DATES: August 9-16, 2008 (8 days) Travel arrangements from Buffalo, NY Airport.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) and Anthony's Key Resort (See links at left); oceanfront facility, double occupancy cabanas with private bath (Key Standard rooms are not air conditined), air conditioned classroom, dolphin encounter, dive shop and more.

COSTS: $1839.00* for COSEE Scholars* (See funding possibilities below.) Cost includes room and meals, round trip airfare from Buffalo, NY, bus and boat fees, transfers, admissions, hotel and departure taxes, and all tips and gratuities. Tuition and souvenirs extra. School districts may financially support their teachers; see note below. Significant others welcome at the regular cost of $2339. (A limited number of air conditioned rooms are available as well as private rooms and trip insurance, for an addition fee. Please call for more information.)

GRADUATE CREDIT: OPTIONAL: Three hours of graduate credit are available from SUNY at Buffalo. Tuition costs are extra and must be paid directly to the University. Please call if interested.

EQUIPMENT: You will need snorkeling gear: mask, snorkel and fins. If you need to purchase equipment we will make recommendations and provide any necessary training before the trip.

CONTENT AREAS: Topics to be covered with presentations and field visits: the coral reef, including reef formation and ecology; reef fish; reef invertebrates; animal relationships; sandy beaches; tide pools; zonation at a rocky shore; mangroves; and turtle grass beds.

ADDITIONAL INFO: An informational meeting will be presented Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the Science Resources Center, 10001 Route 60, Fredonia, NY at 7:00 PM. For directions or additional information please call Helen Domske, Sea Grant Resource Agent at (716) 645-2114 x2337 or Garry Dole, Science Resources Coordinator, Erie 2 BOCES at (716) 679-3419 or 800-344-9611 ext. 2598 (from 716 area code).

Funding Possibilities to explore....
* COSEE-GL will provide $500 scholarships for the first 10 eligible educators. (Trip cost of $1839 reflects the total cost after the scholarship is applied.) Please call for more information and a scholarship application.
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This is a Professional Development activity and may qualify for both local district funding and inservice course credit as required by the NYS Commissioner of Education.

Sponsors of this workshop reserve the right to limit group size and cancel due to insufficient numbers of participants. Cost is based on a minimum of twelve participants and current air fare prices. Participants must be able to demonstrate PADI snorkeling skills or be willing to wear a snorkel vest when in the water.

Please enroll me in the Tropical Marine Ecology Workshop. I am 21 or older.

Garry W. Dole
E2CC BOCES, Science Resources
10001 Route 60
Fredonia, NY 14063

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