After Twenty Years, What Can the Waters in Waquoit Bay Tell Us?

After Twenty Years, What Can the Waters in Waquoit Bay Tell Us?CoffeeHouse

The Waquoit BayWatchers volunteer citizen science program has over twenty years of temperature, salinity, depth, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll data for Waquoit Bay. The Reserve’s Research Associate Jordan Mora has recently examined the data and detected dramatic changes in temperature and dissolved oxygen that provide compelling evidence that Waquoit Bay may be experiencing impacts from climate change as well as eutrophication from the addition of too much nitrogen to the waters stemming from wastewater, fertilizers, and the burning of fossil fuels. Join us to see what the data is revealing.

Jordan Mora is the Research Associate at the Waquoit Bay Reserve. Ms. Mora earned a Master of Science degree in salt marsh ecology from the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Mora is responsible for the System-Wide Monitoring Program at Waquoit Bay Reserve which monitors the long-term effects of natural and human-induced environmental changes.

 

Price: $0.00

Date: 05/03/2016

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tracking the Movements of Common Terns, Roseate Turns and Piping Plovers

Tracking the Movements of Common Terns, Roseate Turns and Piping Plovers in Southern New EnglandCoffeeHouse

Ever wondered about the antenna rising up from the sands at South Cape Beach in Mashpee? Researchers from UMASS Amherst are tracking the movements of Common Terns, Roseate Terns, and Piping Plovers in Southern New England by using light-weight transmitters which track the birds around the clock. Knowledge of offshore flight paths of birds is essential to inform effective conservation decisions in marine planning such as how to minimize impacts of offshore wind energy facilities on key bird populations. Hear about the work at South Cape Beach in Mashpee and how it connects to work in southern New England which is coordinated with automated radio telemetry stations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Pamela Loring is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her doctoral research focuses on tracking the movement patterns of shorebirds & seabirds in southern New England to inform siting & monitoring of offshore wind energy facilities in the region.

 

Price: $0.00

Date: 05/10/2016

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

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Estuary Adventurers: June 27-July 1, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Estuary Adventurers: June 27-July 1, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm)

Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6 (fall 2016).

Cost: $295

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: $295.00

Date: 06/27/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Estuary Adventurers: July 5-8, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Estuary Adventurers: July 5-8, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm)

Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6 (fall 2016).

Cost: $235 (4 day week due to July 4th Holiday)

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: $235.00

Date: 07/05/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 10

Bayside Buddies: July 11-15, 2016 (9:00am-noon)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Bayside Buddies: July 11-15, 2016 (9:00am-noon)

Half day sessions for students entering grades 2-3 (fall 2016).

Cost: $175

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: $175.00

Date: 07/11/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Estuary Adventurers: July 18-22, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Estuary Adventurers: July 18-22, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm)

Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6 (fall 2016).

Cost: $295

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: $295.00

Date: 07/18/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Women in Science: July 25-29, 2016 (M-W:9AM-3PM, Th-Fri:overnight)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Women in Science: July 25-29, 2016 

For girls entering grades 7, 8 and 9 (Fall 2016)

Full Day Program Monday - Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Thursday 1:00PM Camp overnight at Washburn Island
Friday 10:00AM Pick up

Cost: $295

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: $295.00

Date: 07/25/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 1

TEachers on the Estuary: Investigating a Changing Environment

For middle and high school teachers.

This course is a research and field-based teacher training initiative of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The goal of teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of the environment using local examples and to provide resources and experience to support the incorporation of watershed, estuary and climate change topics into classroom teaching to promote scientific literacy and stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. Participants will design and carry out a scientific investigation during the workshop and learn how to facilitate the design and carrying out of investigations by their students as outlined in the Next Generation Science Frameworks and Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards. The National Estuarine Research Reserves’ Sentinel Sites project (a national effort to determine the effects of changing sea level and inundation on coastal habitats) will serve as an example of how scientists design and carry out investigations. The course will introduce teachers to information and research about coastal systems, specifically salt marshes and coastal impacts of climate change, and to lessons and activities for teaching about these systems. The course incorporates investigations in the field, classroom activities, and the use of on-line data. More information about the Teachers on the Estuary program is available at www.estuaries.noaa.gov .

 

Credit: The course is offered for 3 graduate credits or 36 Professional Development Points. Graduate credit is optional and is available from Framingham State College for $75.00 per credit (PRDV 75921). Professional development points are provided free through the Cape Cod STEM Network and Cape Cod Community College.

Price: $0.00

Date: 07/25/2016

Available Spaces: 18

Tidal Quest- August 1-5, 2016 (9:00 am-3:00 pm)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

TIDAL Quest: Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic Life 

August 1-5, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm)

For students entering grades 9-12 (Fall 2016)

Cost: $295

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: $295.00

Date: 08/01/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 1

Eco-Design Workshop- August 8-12, 2016 (9:00 am- 3:00 pm)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Eco-design Workshop – For students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 (Fall 2016)

August 8-12, 2016 (9:00 am-3:00 pm)

Cost: $295

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: $295.00

Date: 08/08/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Bayside Buddies: August 8-12, 2016 (9:00am-noon)

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Bayside Buddies: August 8-12, 2016 (9:00am-noon)

Half day sessions for students entering grades 2-3 (fall 2016).

Cost: $175

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: $175.00

Date: 08/08/2016

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

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