Teacher Workshops

Rivers to Reefs participants marsh crawl

Professional Development

Rivers to Reefs is a teacher professional development workshop experience following the Altamaha River watershed for a week long immersive learning opportunity or day cruise aboard the UNOLS research vessel SAVANNAH, led by instructors from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Cathy Sakas) and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

This year, participants will join us for a full day cruise on  June 24th to explore the brackish coastal waters of the Wilmington River, sample water and trawl for organisms in the sound, explore the marsh and estuarine ecology, and sail out to open Atlantic Ocean waters to discover the near-shore, live bottom seafloor habitats of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

This single day workshop provides a holistic view of aquatic ecosystems by infusing mathematics (water quality analysis), chemistry (water quality testing), marine biology (flora and fauna), social studies (coastal cultures and watershed connections), with remote sensing technologies and hands-on projects throughout the experience.

Follow along on our journey via Facebook/Instagram to discover the connection between our rivers and reefs.

Funding for Rivers to Reefs provided through a National Science Foundation award to the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. In-kind support provided by NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Our marine technology educator workshops feature in-depth review of simple circuits, switches and soldering of electrical component parts and circuit boards, frame building of submersible vehicles, and test piloting. Workshop participants take home a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) kit to help prepare a student team for the Gray’s Reef Southeast MATE ROV Competition.

Join us for our next MATE ROV Underwater Robotics Building – Teacher Workshop


Workshop Request

Is your school, district or organization interested in sponsoring a professional development workshop for educators? Are you an educator looking for workshop training?

Contact us to inquire about regional development opportunities: jody@marinesanctuary.org