The Strandline

New York State Marine Education Association Newsletter 
July 2013


  President's Note

Dear NYSMEAns, 

Mark your calendars-- the 2013 NYSMEA Annual Conference is just over two months away!

Kids at Black Rock Forest
Kids enjoying views of the Hudson Valley at Black Rock Forest


This year, we head upstate and up river to Black Rock Forest Consortium in Cornwall, NY, less than an hour north of NYC.  At this wonderful facility, we can enjoy hiking the trails, sampling the streams, and studying the stars.


As always, the conference will feature keynote speakers, workshops, field trips, delicious meals, and auction, and much more!  Want to help out with conference planning? Email Sarah for more information.


Hope your summer is off to a great start!






Meghan Marrero, Ed.D.
NYSMEA President
Join the Long Island Marine Association (LIMA) for their Annual Snorkel Trip - Sunset Beach Resort, Spa & Waterpark

Montego Bay, Jamaica 2013

November 13th thru the 20th
Sunset Resorts is a full service venue, newly renovated in 2012, is 15 minutes from the airport traveling in the opposite direction of Runaway Bay.  The 431 rooms, 5 restaurants, are set along a secluded peninsula within a protected marine sanctuary, offering crystal clear water and great access to reefs, and voted 14 times for best snorkeling in the Caribbean.  A perk being provided to us a group is a daily lifeguard- guided snorkel tour (1 hour) to reefs just off beach.  Also: 3 swimming pools,  lazy  river, 3 beaches (1 au natural), scuba, kayaks, paddle boats, sunfish, tennis courts, billiards, ping pong, miniature golf,  shuffleboard, air conditioned gym & a spa (fee).


Entertainment includes British afternoon tea, live performances, beach parties, beach barbeque, lounge dancing, piano bar and casino (slots).

There is a nurse on site 8am to 10pm, Doctor is always on call and the hospital is 10 minutes by car.

Jet Blue -JFK-Montego Bay (non-stop)

Wed Nov.13th: 9:41 am - 1:39 pm    Returning Wed. Nov.20th: 2:35 pm - 6:22 

Travel Arrangements by:  Take Flight Travel    

Contact: MaryAnn at

  727-298-8246 or [email protected]     

Or Anita at: 727-733-4482 or [email protected] 

NYSMEA meetup at SciCafe 


On the first Weds of each month, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a SciCafe with guest speakers! Join NYSMEA members for cocktails, cutting-edge science, and conversation at this popular after-hours series. Get the details about the speakers here and email Lisa for more info.


Estuaries 101 Workshop in NJ


Jacques Cousteau NERR logo
There are still a few spaces left in our upcoming Estuaries 101 TOTE Workshop July 17-18th in Tuckerton, New Jersey See below for more information!

Join us this summer for an exciting two-day Estuaries 101 TOTE workshop focused on the Na
tional Estuarine Research Reserve's NEW Estuaries 101 MS Curriculum. The curriculum contains 15 activities geared for 5-8th grade students.

Workshop will include Estuaries 101 MS Curriculum instruction, classroom and field activities, presentations by scientists and researchers along with lots of resources to help you enhance your teaching. Sponsored by Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Key features of the curriculum include: 
multi-media resources built around real-world research & current events aligned with national science and mathematics standards for grades 5-8 data exploration and climate extensionseach activity concludes with assessment questions
Registration Fee is $20 and checks must be received by July 10th. Registration fee includes: lunch for 2 days, Estuaries 101 MS Curriculum, resource materials (valued at over $200), and continuing education credits. Space is limited! Visit http://www.jcnerr.org/education/educators.html for more information or to register.

Overnight lodging available upon request.

For questions call Melanie at 609-812-0649 ext. 206 or email to [email protected]

Strandline (n): the high water mark; the area at the top of a beach where debris is deposited.


National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference in Mobile, AL. -July 22-25, 2013

NYSMEA Annual Conference - Black Rock Forest Consortium. September 20-22.

Find more events at our Calendar page. 

DID YOU KNOW? NYSMEA Updates its website every month, so be sure to visit the links below for new Web postings!  

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NYSMEA holds an annual conference, periodic meetings, lectures, workshops, field trips, and boat trips
. Learn a lot, have a great time and meet some talented, energized educators with a passion for water, just like yours!  


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Expiring June and July members can renew now on the NYSMEA website.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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The New York State Marine Education Association (NYSMEA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that exists to promote marine awareness and encourage the growth and exchange of instructional resources.