Common Sea Fans (<em>Gorgonia ventilina</em>) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Common Sea Fans (Gorgonia ventilina) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Photo: Chantal Collier

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Photo: Joe Marino

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Southeast Florida Reef News

Sixth Coral Reef Teacher Training a Success

By Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Project Coordinator

One of the teachers presenting during the Curriculum Sharing portion of the day. Photo: Christopher Boykin, FDEP-CRCP
One of the teachers presenting during the Curriculum Sharing portion of the day. Photo: Christopher Boykin, FDEP-CRCP

On October 23, 2010, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP-CRCP) staff members facilitated the 6th Coral Reef Teacher Training with the assistance of Awareness and Appreciation Team Member and Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Manager, Pamela Sweeney. The workshop was attended by 42 high school teachers from Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Staff presented the following seminars; Coral Reefs 101, Coral Grief, Rivers to Reefs, and Lionfish Invasion. Following the presentations 6 teachers shared lesson plans with the participants during the Curriculum Sharing portion of the workshop.

The workshop was held at NOVA Southeastern University's National Coral Reef Institute and all teachers received resource binders with copies of over fifty coral reef and ocean related activities for 9-12 grade students. Participants pre registered for one of three identification classes, which included; Reef Fish ID, Marine Invert ID, and Stony Coral ID. A snorkeling excursion to the reef was planned for the afternoon, but weather conditions resulted in a postponement. Program Evaluations indicated that 98% of the workshop participants were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the workshop. Two additional workshops for elementary and middle school teachers are planned for summer 2011.              



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