Research at the Reserve: The Subterranean Estuary

An Unseen and Overlooked Boundary Between the Land and the Sea
Research at the Reserve: Coffee House Series

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Charette, MattThis presentation will explore the Waquoit Bay subterranean estuary. This unique mixing zone between fresh and salty groundwater has been used over the past 25 years as a natural laboratory for understanding groundwater’s effects on marine chemistry and biology.
Matt Charette is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry and Director of the Coastal Ocean Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Join us for an informal evening learning about the cutting edge research happening around Waquoit Bay.
Each week you will learn from a different scientist about how they do their research, what they are discovering, and how it applies to today’s issues.
We’ll serve hot coffee and sweet desserts to complete the coffee house atmosphere.

Price: Free Event

Date: 04/02/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Research at the Reserve: What's Next for Blue Crabs

Research at the Reserve: Coffee House Series

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Rogers, TanyaFor centuries, Cape Cod has been the northern range boundary for blue crabs, an ecologically and economically important predator in Atlantic coastal estuaries. In recent years however, people have begun to see blue crabs in waters north of Cape Cod. As conditions continue to warm, will we see blue crabs expand their populations into the Gulf of Maine? What will this mean for the salt marshes and invasive green crabs if a new predator comes to town?
Tanya Rogers is a PhD student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center. She is studying crab populations in Waquoit Bay and in many other estuaries north and south of Cape Cod.

Join us for an informal evening learning about the cutting edge research happening around Waquoit Bay.
Each week you will learn from a different scientist about how they do their research, what they are discovering, and how it applies to today’s issues.
We’ll serve hot coffee and sweet desserts to complete the coffee house atmosphere.

Price: Free Event

Date: 04/09/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Wastewater Issues in Watersheds: The Perfect STEM Topic

Wastewater Issues in Watersheds: The Perfect STEM Topic

Increase understanding of the nitrogen cycle and wastewater issues while meeting standards in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Middle and high school biology, chemistry, engineering, science and math teachers
22.5 PDPs available (no cost)
1 graduate credits ($75 from Framingham State)

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Wastewater treatment is the perfect topic for incorporating STEM into your curriculum while educating your students on an issue of crucial importance to the future of our region. The goal of this course is to increase understanding of wastewater issues by using it as an example to meet standards in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of the importance of coastal salt marshes and bays and the impact of too many nutrients upon them. Teachers will try out classroom, lab, and web-based activities; explore coastal habitats, and visit a large wastewater treatment plant as well as experimental wastewater treatment systems including an oyster aquaculture project. The course incorporates investigations in the field and the use of on-line data, and will introduce teachers to research and researchers including
Scott Wankel, a researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) working at Waquoit Bay Reserve studying the interactions between nitrogen and iron cycling in groundwater and aquifer sediments using isotopes (“Unraveling a cryptic subsurface nitrogen cycle”). Dr. Wankel received an NSF grant which is partially funding these workshops so the course is offered free of charge. Course content and activities align with Massachusetts state science, engineering, and math frameworks and Next Generation Science Standards.
Lunch and snacks included.
For more information check www.waquoitbayreserve.org under the education/teachers tab or contact Joan Muller at 508-457-0495 x107 or joan.muller@state.ma.us.
Sponsored by: The Waquoit Bay Reserve, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation

Price: Free Event

Date: 04/10/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Research at the Reserve: Winter Flounder & Waquoit Bay

Research at the Reserve: Coffee House Series

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ManfrediThe Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) has conducted research on winter flounder for over 50 years in Massachusetts waters.  In recent years, historically low populations of winter flounder were recorded in the region.  We will look at the data collected and discuss what we have done and learned about this important species.
Vincent Manfredi has worked at sea collecting fisheries data since 2001 on research surveys for the States of Maine & Massachusetts.  He is currently a Survey Biologist for Massachusetts’ MarineFisheries Agency in New Bedford, MA.

Join us for an informal evening learning about the cutting edge research happening around Waquoit Bay.
Each week you will learn from a different scientist about how they do their research, what they are discovering, and how it applies to today’s issues.
We’ll serve hot coffee and sweet desserts to complete the coffee house atmosphere.

Price: Free Event

Date: 04/16/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Teacher Professional Development: Preparing for a Changing Coast

Greg Berman field trip (7)Bouncing Back: Preparing for a Changing Coast

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

8:30AM-8:30PM

10 PDPs

Registration Cost: $10.00 (includes: lunch and dinner)

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(Upon confirmation of registration you will be redirected to PayPal to complete your payment and registration. Thank you.)

Waquoit Bay Reserve will offer a teacher professional development workshop focusing on preparing for the impacts of climate change, especially sea level rise. The day will include hands-on, field, and on-line activities to bring back to your classroom, expert presentations, and take home materials. There will be a field trip in the afternoon and the evening will feature a mock negotiation role play simulation activity. Coastal Geologist presentation: Dr. Chris Weidman, the Reserve’s Research Coordinator, will present about

local impacts of sea level rise and show how the Reserve is studying coastal processes. As weather permits, Dr. Weidman will demonstrate outdoor field activities to observe and measure coastal processes.

Field Trip: Greg Berman, Coastal Processes Specialist for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant, and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will lead a bus field trip to Falmouth’s South Coast to view the results of coastal flooding and erosion and examples of what municipalities and homeowners are doing to try to deal with it.

Role Play Simulation: The mock negotiation role play simulation activity focused on a fictional coastal town with real data from the town of Barnstable was developed as part of the New England Climate Adaptation Project which is a collaborative effort developed with funding from the National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative by partners MIT Science Impact Collaborative, the Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, and the Consensus Building Institute.

On-line and hands-on classroom activities: Try out sea level rise visualizations from NOAA websites as well as tangible modeling activities you can do with your students.

 

PDP: Participants will have the opportunity to earn a certificate for 10 PDPs upon completing a follow up activity with their students and handing in a reflection paper.

Lunch, dinner, and snacks included.

For more information check www.waquoitbayreserve.org under the education/teachers tab or contact Joan Muller at 508-457-0495 x107 or joan.muller@state.ma.us.

Sponsors: Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, and WHOI Sea Grant

Price: $10.00

Date: 04/22/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Research at the Reserve: What's Happening with Contaminants of Emerging Concern in our Coastal Wate

Research at the Reserve: Coffee House Series

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costa, amyThe Center for Coastal Studies, in collaboration with several other organizations, including Waquoit Bay Reserve, has documented the presence of contaminants of emerging concern (from sources including pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in our coastal waters.  In 2014, the Center expanded this work to include research on accumulation of these contaminants in living organisms.  What is their impact on the environment and humans?
Dr. Amy Costa is a Research Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies.  Her work focuses on the quality and overall health of marine and coastal ecosystems through the integration of chemical, physical and biological studies.

Join us for an informal evening learning about the cutting edge research happening around Waquoit Bay.
Each week you will learn from a different scientist about how they do their research, what they are discovering, and how it applies to today’s issues.
We’ll serve hot coffee and sweet desserts to complete the coffee house atmosphere.

Price: Free Event

Date: 04/23/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Research at the Reserve: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria at the Beach

Research at the Reserve: Coffee House Series

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May_Megan_headshotAntibiotics have revolutionized the way we treat bacterial infections.  However, bacteria have increased their resistance to antibiotics partially due to the prevalent use of these chemicals by humans.  Why are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and World Health Organization,  concerned about antibiotic resistance?  What does it have to do with our local beaches?
Megan May is a second year graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, she is a National Science Foundation Fellow and works in Rebecca Gast’s laboratory in Woods Hole.

Join us for an informal evening learning about the cutting edge research happening around Waquoit Bay.
Each week you will learn from a different scientist about how they do their research, what they are discovering, and how it applies to today’s issues.
We’ll serve hot coffee and sweet desserts to complete the coffee house atmosphere.

Price: Free Event

Date: 04/30/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Coastal Blue Carbon: New Guidance & Tools for Coastal Managers and Policymakers

Coastal Blue Carbon: New Guidance & Tools for Coastal Managers and Policymakers

Results of the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project and Implications for Wetlands Conservation and Restoration in New England and Beyond

Bringing Wetlands to Market is a four year project at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve that examined the relationship between salt marshes, climate BWM-LogoBWM_Topic Highlightschange, and nitrogen pollution. The Project used cutting edge science to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands and predict greenhouse gas fluxes across a range of environmental settings. The project also elevated understanding about the importance of blue carbon and developed new tools and
resources to enable coastal managers and policymakers to leverage blue carbon to achieve broader wetlands management, restoration, and conservation goals.

Audience: Individuals and organization working on wetlands conservation and restoration; climate mitigation and adaptation; and coastal water quality including:

  • Federal, state & local officials and policymakers
  • Wetlands restoration managers & project developers
  • Conservation organizations
  • Natural resource & land managers
  • Conservation Commissions
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Interested public

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Price: Free Event

Date: 05/12/2015

Address:
The Conference Center at Massasoit Community College
770 Crescent Street
Brockton, MA
02302-3996 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Estuary Adventurers: June 29-July 3, 2015 (9:00AM-3:00PM)

Estuary Adventurers – For students entering grades 4, 5 and 6 (Fall 2015)
Cost: $275
Young scientists in this program will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes. They will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor ground water, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts to the bay. They will play games to illustrate natural cycles, and get to know the plants, algae, and animals in and around Waquoit Bay. Students will wade in the shallow waters and marsh creeks to find estuary creatures, and dig into studies of rocks, soil, water, and sunlight.
ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $275.00

Date: 06/29/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Bayside Buddies: July 6-10, 2015 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Students entering grades 2 & 3 (fall 2015)

Half Day Program: Cost $165

Children will get wet, muddy, and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and basic scientific investigations. They will learn to identify and observe living and non-living elements of nearby woods, fields, marshes, and waters of the bay, make and record observations, use instruments to record environmental conditions, and learn about the fragile nature of these environments. Children will learn about local plants and wildlife, and practice “collect, observe, and release” procedures to help them become responsible estuary stewards.

 

ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $165.00

Date: 07/06/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 5

Bayside Buddies: July 6-10, 2015 (1:00PM-4:00PM)

Bayside Buddies – For students entering grades 2 and 3 (fall 2015)

Cost: $165

Children will get wet, muddy, and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and basic scientific investigations. They will learn to identify and observe living and non-living elements of nearby woods, fields, marshes, and waters of the bay, make and record observations, use instruments to record environmental conditions, and learn about the fragile nature of these environments. Children will learn about local plants and wildlife, and practice “collect, observe, and release” procedures to help them become responsible estuary stewards.

ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $165.00

Date: 07/06/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 13

Estuary Adventurers: July 13-17, 2015 (9:00AM-3:00PM)

Estuary Adventurers – For students entering grades 4, 5 and 6 (Fall 2015)

This session is full, to be added to a wait list please email: waquoitbayscienceschool@gmail.com
Cost: $275
Young scientists in this program will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes. They will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor ground water, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts to the bay. They will play games to illustrate natural cycles, and get to know the plants, algae, and animals in and around Waquoit Bay. Students will wade in the shallow waters and marsh creeks to find estuary creatures, and dig into studies of rocks, soil, water, and sunlight.

ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $275.00

Date: 07/13/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

TIDAL Quest: July 20-24, 2015 (9:00AM-3:00PM)

TIDAL Quest: Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic Life - For students entering grades 9-12 (Fall 2015)
Cost: $275
Do you love science, technology, and figuring out how things work? Join a small team of students spending a week in the field while conducting environmental monitoring projects with Waquoit Bay Reserve scientists. Students will discover the latest technologies used locally to study climate change and sea level rise, monitor wildlife and examine plant communities, and look for ways to solve environmental issues while socializing with other teens and developing questions to investigate. Participation in this session may help determine a career path or boost a college application.

 

ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $275.00

Date: 07/20/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 11

Women in Science: July 27-31, 2015

Women in Science – For girls entering grades 7, 8 and 9 (Fall 2015)
Full Day Program Monday - Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Thursday 1:00PM Camp overnight at Washburn Island
Friday 10:00AM Pick up
In this week of hands-on activities, young women will receive inspiration and support as they meet women scientists who will describe their career paths and projects. Students will conduct field research alongside Waquoit Bay Reserve staff and visiting scientists, and use a variety of instruments and technologies to gather and record data from the marshes, fields, forests, and waters of Waquoit Bay Reserve. A highlight of this session will be the boat trip and overnight camping expedition to Washburn Island, where the students will leave their cell phones behind as they explore the island ecology and hike the trails. An afternoon lesson on shell fishing and an evening campfire will round out the day and set the stage for them to spend the night on the island with their teachers and classmates. The session is sure to provide plenty of fun, build confidence, and offer a look at potential careers in science, technology, and engineering.

 

ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $275.00

Date: 07/27/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 1

Bayside Buddies: August 3-7, 2015 (9:00AM-12:00PM)

Bayside Buddies – For students entering grades 2 and 3 (fall 2015)

Cost: $165

Children will get wet, muddy, and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and basic scientific investigations. They will learn to identify and observe living and non-living elements of nearby woods, fields, marshes, and waters of the bay, make and record observations, use instruments to record environmental conditions, and learn about the fragile nature of these environments. Children will learn about local plants and wildlife, and practice “collect, observe, and release” procedures to help them become responsible estuary stewards.

 

ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $165.00

Date: 08/03/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 4

Eco-Design: August 10-14, 2015 (9:00AM-3:00PM)

Eco-design Workshop – For students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 (Fall 2015)
Cost: $275
Students will design and create exciting take- home projects using the engineering design process in the classroom lab and in a variety of habitats nearby. They will draw on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to build, test, and redesign their projects, which will be based on real-life problems and challenges. They will learn about renewable energy and the many ways to capture and harness sun, wind, and water power. Throughout the session, interactive games and water activities will keep the interest level high and the kids cooled down.

 

ONCE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO CHECK OUT WITH PAYPAL. If you choose to mail in payment, registration is complete once payment is received. THANK YOU!

Price: $275.00

Date: 08/10/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 6

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