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Teacher Resources

Below are some of our favorite resources, including our new online training modules. Click on the tabs to explore additional classroom resources.

Also, if you’re interested in attending one of our Teacher Professional Development opportunities don’t forget to register online.

Upcoming Teacher Professional Development Opportunities (click the event below to go to the registration page):

Below are online professional development modules complimenting onsite teacher professional development opportunities. Continue to check out the calendar for upcoming training opportunities. Click a module to begin.

Junior Living Lab Series (Elementary)

Level One (Estuary Explorers)

Level Two (Estuary Explorers)

Level Three (Coastal Expeditions)

Level Four (Plankton Explorers)

Level Five (Forest Expeditions)

Level Six (Migrating Mangroves)

Living Lab Series

Level Seven (Beach Biosphere)

Level Eight (Migrating Marshes)

Level Nine (Planet Plankton)

Level Ten (Salt Marsh Seining)

Extreme Weather and Estuaries
Learn about the importance of estuaries, NERRs and the impact of severe storms.

Oyster Anatomy
Make your own flip book to help you and your students learn how oysters filter the water around us.

Oyster Reef Battleship First, learn about the importance of oysters and how it is they filter water, and then play the oyster reef battleship game.

Indoor Mini-Seine
Using a dichotomous key, students can get the experience of conducting a seine within the classroom

Marsh Mystery Water
Explore the density of several different salt solutions, and demonstrate the changes in salinity that occur when freshwater streams enter the salty ocean.

Plankton Races
A GTM favorite, where students learn about buoyancy, density, surface area, as well as the importance of biodiversity within our ocean. Click here to view and print guide sheets to plankton commonly found at the GTM Research Reserve.

Phyto, Phyto, Zoo
An introduction to Phytoplankton and Zooplankton for elementary aged students.

Echolocation Game
Discuss how animals adapt over time, and how some animals, like bats and dolphins, have more senses than others, like humans.

Mitigating Microplastics
Middle school curriculum about microplastics in our ocean. The curriculum was developed and evaluated as project in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University.

Sea Turtle Curriculum (5th Grade)
The curriculum consists of a book, One in a Thousand: Those Amazing Sea Turtles, with lesson plans to accompany each of the ten chapters. Teachers are free to download the book and either print it (85 pages) or make it available to students electronically (as a pdf file). This curriculum was designed in 2014-2016 by Drs. Maia McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd with assistance from Dr. Mark Flint and Jaylene Flint.

Floating Ice
Students design and carry our an experiment to learn about density, climate change and the difference between glaciers and icebergs and their impacts on sea-level rise.

NASA Climate Kids
Over 30 classroom and home activities modelling the effects of climate change in all a variety of ecosystems.

Fee Waiver: Once you have signed up for one our field experiences, please complete the module linked below to waive the $140 program fee. If you complete the online welcome module (it will also be sent to the teachers via email prior to their scheduled visit) your program will cost: $10 donation + transportation cost. If you do not complete the online welcome module then your program will cost: $10 donation + $140 donation (to be invoiced on the day of your program) + transportation cost. For any questions regarding the program fee or online module, please contact the Education Coordinator at: Josephine.Spearman@FloridaDEP.gov, or call (904) 823-4509.


Click Here to Access the Online Introductory Module