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

Teachers Train and Share About Coral

Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Coordinator

Happy teachers on the snorkel trip.               Photo: Christopher Boykin
Happy teachers on the snorkel trip. Photo: Christopher Boykin

The SEFCRI AA Team held two coral reef teacher trainings for 90 elementary school teachers at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Palm Beach County and the National Coral Reef Institute in Broward County on September 22 and October 6, 2012, respectively. Local partners included the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Kids Ecology Corps, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves, Tanawha Presents, and the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center's National Coral Reef Institute.

The workshops were well received with over 98% of the teachers being satisfied or very satisfied based on program evaluations. In addition to snorkel trips to the reef, many teachers shared curriculum and demonstrated activities, which contributed to the success of the trainings. These were the 8th and 9th coral reef teacher trainings that the SEFCRI has hosted over the past eight years, which have resulted in a network of more than 800 teachers in the 4-county mainland southeast Florida region. All of the participants were given Coral Reef Activity Manuals, which feature over 40 lesson plans that are tied to Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

 



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