Teacher Workshops

Rivers to Reefs participants marsh crawl
coastal Georgia
location reference only Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) en route to Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

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 June 24 – July 1 via Facebook/Instagram to discover the connection between our rivers and reefs.

Funding for Rivers to Reefs ship time provided by the National Science Foundation through Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. To sponsor future opportunities for teacher professional development, contact jody@marinesanctuary.org.

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 Underwater Robotics Building – Teacher Professional Development Workshop


Saturday, August 21, 2021 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, August 22, 2021 (9am – 1pm)

Tybee Island Maritime Academy, 714 Lovell Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

$500 (includes MATE ROV kit and participant meals)

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