Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
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Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education 
Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education
140 Camp Lighthouse Road
(Corner of 7th St. and Navajo Dr.)
Waretown, NJ 08758

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Becky Laboy 
Ocean County Soil Conservation District 
609-971-7002 ext.114 

22nd Annual Barnegat Bay 

Environmental Educators Roundtable 

Please join us for our 22nd Annual Barnegat Bay Environmental Educators Roundtable. This year's workshops are centered around the theme: "Changing Climate, Changing Watershed". Presenters will share information and demonstrate lessons reflecting the effects of a changing climate on the unique and ecologically important natural resources in our Barnegat Bay watershed. The goal of the Roundtable is to provide educators, both formal and informal, with ideas and lesson plans that offer meaningful ways for instilling a sense of place in their students and build upon existing curricula by making it locally relevant. The Keynote presentation is meant to inspire stewardship and embrace the ideology that each of us can make a difference!

The cost of this event is $25 per person. Registered participants will be able to attend either one 2-hour workshop OR choose two 1-hour workshops from a variety of topics listed below. After reading through the descriptions, go to the Registration Form (Click 'Register Now!') and make your selection. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, so please register now to ensure availability of your favorite programs! The registration deadline is March 30, 2019. Professional Development certificates will be provided.

2 Hour Workshop (4:30-6:30)

A. Field Trip to Cedar Bonnet Island  Led by Dr. John Wnek and students from MATES AcademyJoin MATES "Project Terrapin" crew on a trip to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge at Cedar Bonnet Island. MATES Center for Research and Applied Barnegat Bay Studies (CRABBS) is monitoring changes in soils and vegetative coverage on the island to determine the effects of climate change, sea level rise and other factors that may have a resulting impact on nesting Diamondback Terrapins. Methods used for collecting data are inexpensive and can be easily incorporated into your curriculum. Dr. Wnek and his students will provide a hands-on experience along with lessons that you can take back to your classroom. MATES students will share some of their research and preliminary theses.  **A pre-arranged van will transport you from the Lighthouse Center to Cedar Bonnet Island and back again. Seating is limited, register early. Please dress appropriately for outdoor learning.

1 Hour Workshops Offered During Session One (4:30-5:30)

1B. System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP): Real-time Monitoring Data at Your Fingertips  presented by Kaitlin Gannon, Education Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.  The NERRS System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) collects environmental monitoring data such as water, weather and nutrients on coastal habitats. This data can be accessed by anyone, used by local decision makers, aquaculture farmers, and researchers. SWMP can also be a great educational tool to enhance data literacy. This presentation includes a SWMP introduction, how to access SWMP, and lessons that incorporate the data.

1C. Piping Plover, an Endangered Beach Nesting Bird in New Jersey: What Does its Future Hold in an Age of Climate Change?  presented by Todd Pover, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.  The piping plover, a state endangered shorebird that nests on New Jersey's beaches, is at-risk from a number of threats, including predators, human disturbance, habitat loss, and flooding. As climate change and sea level rise accelerate, what impacts will that have on this tiny shorebird that already faces a precarious existence living on an ever-changing beach habitat. Todd Pover, who has studied and protected piping plovers and other beach nesting birds for 25 years, will provide a glimpse into their fascinating behavior and biology, as well as what is being done to protect them. He will discuss how climate change may impact their recovery, a surprising complicated scenario linked to their unique habitat needs.

1D. Paddle for the Edge: Citizen Scientists Monitoring Our Changing Shorelines  presented by Martha Maxwell Doyle, Project Coordinator, and Emily Pirl, Field Technician, Barnegat Bay Partnership "Paddle for the Edge" is an annual citizen science data collection event. Volunteer paddlers are trained to use a smart phone app to collect data about the condition of Barnegat Bay shorelines. The data is useful to planners and resource managers in many ways - providing information about flooding and storm impacts, predicting how shorelines may react to sea-level rise, and identifying potential restoration areas. In this session, educators will learn about the types of data collected and how scientists and students can use it.

1 Hour Workshops Offered During Session Two (5:40-6:40)

2E. Connecting Students with Climate Change  presented by Mindy Voss and Rosemary Higgins of NJ Sea Grant Consortium.  Educators will learn strategic framing techniques to effectively communicate climate change, especially to children. In this session, educators will learn best practices on how to introduce climate change in a classroom setting, teach impacts with inquiry based hands-on activities, and create student driven solutions to encourage positive action while encouraging appreciation for the environment. The activities include lesson plans for each participant that satisfies Next Generation Science Standards.

2F. Biodiversity, Living Shorelines and Water Quality  presented by Chris West of ReClam the Bay.  The effects of climate change are evident in our watershed, including in the Barnegat Bay. Biodiversity and living shorelines can offer resilience, resistence and stability. Shellfish play an important role in these defenses, and also ensure high water quality. Through interactive, hands-on lessons we will demonstrate how to teach these concepts to your students and provide them with the tools and inspiration they need to become stewards of our changing watershed.

2G. The Water Cycle and Climate Change  presented by Dr. Steve Yergeau, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean CountyWatersheds undergo changes due to development, landscape management and increased impervious cover that all impact the water cycle. Less water infiltrates into the soil, more frequent floods happen and more polluted stormwater enters our rivers and lakes. Climate change will bring increased precipitation and stormwater, causing these problems to only get worse. Hands-on activities will be modeled for use with students to introduce them to watersheds, the water cycle and the impacts due to climate change. We will also discuss the possible solutions that people can do on a daily basis to mitigate effects of our changing climate.

Keynote: Lisa Auermuller, "The Resilience Puzzle"

The Coastal Resilience Puzzle: What are the pieces? How do they fit together? What does it mean to be "resilient"? The strong partnership between Jacques Couteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) and local communities, state agencies and NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, positions JC NERR well to put federal adaptation tools and decision-making support frameworks to work for the state. Since the "Getting to Resilience" technical assistance project launched in 2013, the JC NERR has assisted almost 60 New Jersey communities in implementing resilience planning, reducing vulnerability and increasing preparedness.

Lisa is the Assistant Manager at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Her work combines the natural and social sciences to provide science-based information to educate coastal decision makers. She has been very involved in post-Sandy resilience planning at the local and state levels. Her work has been highlighted as both a national and international model. Additionally, Lisa is currently serving as the President of the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA).