Education

Education

Recent Educational Events 

Earth Day 2018 in Forsyth Park

Low Country Explorers Camp - 11 & 25 June 2018

CRP Directors, Kris Williams and Joe Pfaller, each took a chance to teach 7-12 year old campers about sea turtle biology and conservation, as well as the exciting opportunities that CRP has for young people to experience sea turtle research firsthand.

Earth Day in Forsyth Park - 12 June 2018

CRP Scholarship Recipients, Chelsea Miles and Elise Georgeff, braved the wind and celebrated Earth Day by spreading the CRP word and mission to the hundreds of people gathered in beautiful Forsyth Park.

Sun City Bird Club - 6 June 2018

CRP Research Director, Joe Pfaller, gave a short lecture on sea turtle biology and conservation, and the role that CRP plays in both, to 20-30 adult members of the Sun City Hilton Head Bird Club. After his 30-minute presentation, Joe fielded another 30 mins of thoughtful and inquisitive questions from club members.

Making Waves - 18 May 2018

CRP Research Director, Joe Pfaller, and CRP Scholarship Recipient, Elise Goergeff, worked a CRP outreach table at the Making Waves event organized and hosted by Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah. Ships of the Sea partnered with twelve local artists to address the issue of water pollution.

OCEARCH Research Vessel

OCEARCH Educational Event - 22 February 2017

CRP Directors, Kris Williams and Joe Pfaller, were thrilled to be asked by OCEARCH to display our CRP information and message at an educational event for elementary-age kids. OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale. A highlight for the kids, and Kris and Joe!, was the opportunity to take a guided tour of the OCREACH research vessel.

Educational Opportunities

For Students 

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

2018 Scholarship Recipients from the Armstrong Campus @ Georgia Southern University

CRP has two scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in biology, environmental studies or environmental education: Hadrienne Mensonsa Memorial Scholarship and Loretta's Carettas Scholarship. 

Scholarships cover the Participation fee for one week of volunteering on CRP. These opportunities allow students to work with and learn from CRP Biologists and experience field biology firsthand.

To apply, students must submit (1) a 1-2 page essay describing why they want to join CRP for a week and how the experience would benefit their career and (2) two letters of recommendation from professional references supporting the student's abilities and capacity to work on a research team.

If awarded, students are expected to (1) contribute above and beyond paying volunteers during their week with CRP, (2) write a heartfelt letter describing the value of their experience and send it along with pictures to CRP and to the scholarship donor, and (3) organize and deliver two presentations about their experience, one at their academic institution and one to a high school audience.

Applicants should email scholarship materials to WassawCRP@aol.com along with the contact information for themselves and for each recommendation writer by January 31st, 2019.

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Young Biologist Field Research Program

High school students witnessing their first nesting sea turtle, a experience that leaves few unchanged

CRP offers a unique opportunity for high school students to experience being part of a field research team. Students patrol the beach with CRP Biologists, help collect and record data from nesting turtles, and assist in protecting eggs from predators like raccoons and foxes. Students get to witness nature and science firsthand. It is truly an experience that will shape the mind of future biologists and non-biologists alike.

While learning about sea turtle biology and conservation directly from CRP Biologists, students also get to experience the rigors of working at a remote field site where many amenities and luxuries are unavailable. Because basic resources, such as water and electricity, are limited and day-to-day duties are shared among all members of the research team, students learn the values of eco-consciousness and teamwork. CRP strongly encourages any young person interested in nature and science to come join us and experience being a part of a field research team!

Volunteers under 19 must print, sign, scan and email the Young Biologist Agreement to WassawCRP@aol.com along with their Volunteer Application and Waiver.

For Teachers

CRP Experience

Teachers and education majors have used CRP to develop exciting curricula for their classrooms

Volunteering on CRP is a perfect summertime opportunity for teachers and other educators gain exciting experiences and knowledge that can then be incorporated into their classrooms. In many cases, schools will help support teachers interested in volunteering on CRP and we are more than happy to work with teachers that wish to develop proposals needed to entice administrative support.

Over the years, CRP has worked with teachers not just from Savannah, but also from across the United States. Not only do teachers incorporate what they've learned into lesson plans, but they also recruit many of their students to volunteer alongside them. These students have used their experiences on Wassaw to help develop curricula on sea turtle biology and conservation, as well as other environmental topics on the Georgia coast. 

Hands-on experience is an excellent way for teachers to foster interest and excitement among their students.

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Data Sharing for Science Education

CRP is excited to provided science educators with the opportunity to use our 46-year sea turtle database in their classrooms.  These data offer a unique opportunity for students to learn how to manage and collect data, conduct statistical analyses, and test hypotheses with a real biological dataset.  Distribution of the database is limited and educators must sign and respectfully follow conditions listed on the Data Sharing for Science Education form.  

Interactive Map of Nesting Activity

Jessie Cahoon, a GIS Specialist with Maryland Environmental Service and fellow turtle lover, has been working with the Caretta Research Project since 2003.  She has worked with CRP Biologists to produce an interactive map that allows anyone to see the locations of all sea turtle nesting activities on Wassaw Island between 1999-2010. She is currently updating the map through 2018.  With this map, you can search activity by year, date, activity and even by individual turtle. This is a great way for you Adopt-A-Turtle parents to see where and when your turtle has nested.

Click here to see the map and have fun exploring CRP's turtle nesting data.

Educational Links

Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation

Seaturtle.org

Central hub for connecting the global sea turtle community, as well as organizing the world's sea turtle information and make it universally accessible and useful. Seaturtle.org has also become the centralized database management systems to help organizations working to conserve sea turtles to manage, organize and share their data. These include the Satellite Tracking and Analysis System (STAT), the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Necropsy Database (STRAND) and the Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System (STNMS). Also, contains online access to the Marine Turtle Newsletter, supporting registration and administration of the Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation and global sea turtle job board.

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Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research

Academic organization dedicated to continuing the mission of the late Dr. Archie Carr. Its mission is to conduct research in all aspects of the biology of sea turtles, to educate students, and to further marine conservation through the communication of these research results to the scientific community, management agencies, and conservation organizations throughout the world. ACCSTR also oversees the CTURTLE email listserv and Sea Turtle Online Bibliography.

IUCN Marine Specialist Group

The IUCN SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG) is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Comprised of more than 230 expert members in over 80 countries, the MTSG is the global authority on marine turtle research and conservation. Their website contains exhaustive status reviews of all sea turtle species, background biology of each species and descriptions of the most significant hazards that threaten sea turtles resulting from their Burning Issues assessment.

Sea Turtle Conservatory

Formerly the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, STC carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which depend upon. Their website contains easy-to-read information on each sea turtle species, a synopsis of the organization's research, education and policy initiatives, as we all as a Sea Turtle Tracker.

WIDECAST

The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network is a group of expert biologists, managers, community leaders and educators in more than 40 nations and territories that are committed to an integrated, regional capacity that ensures the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations. Their website is a great resource for information on sea turtle biology, management, conservation, medicine and ecotourism in the Wider Caribbean.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is operated by the Jekyll Island Authority as a primary conservation program dedicated to increasing awareness through sea turtle education, rehabilitation, and research programs. GSTC has an advanced hospital that is open to the general public, offering an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion that allows guest to see the sea turtle patients and watch veterinary procedures. As the regional hub for sea turtle rehabilitation, CRP works directly with GSTC when a live sea turtle is stranded on Wassaw Island. GSTC and the Jekyll Island Authority also support nocturnal beach patrols on Jekyll Island similar to those conducted on Wassaw Island by CRP.

Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative, Georgia DNR

CRP is an active member of the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative, which coordinates monitoring and protection activities for loggerhead turtles on the Georgia coast. Check out their website to watch an informative video led by Mark Dodd, Sea Turtle Program Coordinator for Georgia DNR.

Marine Conservation, Education & Protection

Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Home to CRP, Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge is 10,053-acres of pristine beach, rolling dunes, live oak and slash pine woodlands, and vast salt marshes. Wassaw was designated a National Wildlife Refuge in 1969, and unlike many of Georgia's Golden Isles, little development and few management practices have modified Wassaw's primitive character. Refuge visitors may enjoy recreational activities such as bird watching, beachcombing, hiking, and general nature studies. The 20 miles of dirt roads on Wassaw Island and seven miles of beach provide an ideal wildlife trail system for hikers. And, of course, Wassaw is a summertime home for nesting loggerhead turtles, which emerge from the ocean at night deposit clutches of eggs.

100 Miles

One Hundred Miles is a nonprofit coastal advocacy organization with a mission of protecting, preserving, and enhancing the 100-mile Georgia coast. One Hundred Miles builds programs around the guiding principle that preserving the natural features of Georgia coast is critical for long-term quality of life and sustainable economic growth. Moreover, One Hundred Miles connects the scientific community with decision makers to secure healthy populations of coastal Georgia’s signature wildlife species, including loggerhead turtles.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is a 22 square mile natural live-bottom ecosystem that is teeming with marine life. The sanctuary is used by endangered North Atlantic right whales, as well as Wassaw's loggerhead turtles. Gray's Reef is the only protected natural reef area on the continental shelf off the Georgia coast. The mission of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values and qualities of the sanctuary for current and future generations. 

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, GA. It houses more than a hundred thousand animals and represents several thousand species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons of marine and salt water. The Aquarium's notable specimens include whale sharks, beluga whales, California sea lions, bottlenose dolphins, manta rays and of course a sea turtle or two.

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University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provide research, education, training and science-based outreach to assist Georgia in solving problems and realizing opportunities for its coastal and marine environments. UGA also uses in-water surveys with bottom trawling to capture sea turtles in coastal waters in order to study their populations.

Ecotourism Opportunities & Information

Green Volunteers

Green Volunteers organizes a guide and database for nature-based volunteer work around the world. With over 400 projects lists, they help connect people to a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from wildlife conservation to humanitarian initiatives to archeological preservation.

Wilderness Southeast

For over 40 years Wilderness Southeast has specialized in providing nature discovery tours to learn about nature and wildlife around Savannah. All our eco-adventures – for individuals, families, and groups of all types – combine information from many fields (biology, ecology, geology, natural and cultural history) with just plain FUN!

AreaVibes - Ecotourism: A Traveler's Guide

Here you will find information that will help you decide if Ecotourism is right for you, what the benefits of Ecotourism are, how to plan for an Eco-Trip and where you to find Ecotourism opportunities around the world.