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Teacher Professional Development at the Reserve


Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve offers a variety of Teacher Professional Development opportunities every year. These training sessions give teachers from around the Delaware Bay an opportunity to grow and expand their skills. All training offered this year is listed below.

To learn more about all opportunities that the Reserve hosts, click here.




Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)
A research and field-based teacher training initiative of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The goal of 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 estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching. The course is also designed to promote stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. a teacher workshop experience which includes lessons from the National Estuarine Research Reserve's Estuaries 101 Curriculum in which students become more "oceans-literate" by increasing their knowledge of coastal and estuarine science and their awareness of how coasts and oceans affect their daily lives.

There are no more workshops offered this year, please
check back in spring 2018 for future workshop dates!


Green Eggs and Sand
An innovative workshop experience and set of curriculum modules designed to explore the Atlantic Coast horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon and management controversy. The first workshop was launched in the spring of 2000 by aquatic education specialists from Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey in response to the escalating horseshoe crab management controversy on Delaware Bay. Many of the teachers participating in that inaugural workshop stayed on to help write, pilot and implement the lessons that form the heart of the Green Eggs & Sand curriculum. In the years since, interest in horseshoe crabs and Green Eggs & Sand has spawned workshops up and down the coast, serving educators from 25 states and four foreign countries. 

To learn more check out our GE&S FAQ.


There are no more workshops offered this year,
check back in spring 2018 for workshop dates!

For more information on Teacher Professional Development opportunities provided by the Reserve,
please contact Education Coordinator Maggie Pletta at or (302) 739-6377.


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