Professional Development

For Ocean Science Educators

Educator workshops are offered during the summer and throughout the year. Ranging in length from an hour to one day or up to a week; some carry graduate credit. All workshops provide teaching resources and the practical application of current marine science to the classroom setting.


Workshops combining scientific updates with standards-correlated teaching resources are offered periodically throughout the year. Topics have included: Sea Turtles; Oyster Reefs; Blue Crabs; Sharks; Benthic Communities; Biological Invaders; Atlantic Sturgeon; and Ocean Observing Systems. In 2006, as a NOAA Chesapeake Bay B-Wet project, teachers teamed-up with Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia and members of the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA) and learned about oyster gardening, including oyster biology, oyster reef ecology, and oyster restoration. With help from the TOGA members, the teachers built oyster floats where they raised seed oysters with their students. In 2007 and 2008, teachers learned about ocean observing systems and Atlantic sturgeon in two of our summer workshops.

Summer Field Courses

Beginning in 2001, staff from the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program have conducted a field course for educators at the VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory (ESL) in Wachapreague, VA. Here, classroom teachers and informal educators are the students as they explore the diverse habitats of Virginia's Eastern Shore and its barrier islands. Plans are currently underway for this summer's course!

Special Topics Graduate Course (MS-548)

This course provides laboratory and field studies led by VIMS faculty and staff via William and Mary's School of Marine Science. Past courses have included: Experimental Design for in the Marine Laboratory; Environmental Issues in Virginia; Fisheries Science & Management; Application of Molecular Markers in Marine Science.

Conference workshops and presentations by the Education Team offer a quick update on the latest resources and methods in marine education.

For Culinary Arts Educators and Professionals
Seafood Education

An annual Chefs' Seafood Symposium, co-sponsored by the Virginia Chefs Association is conducted each October during Virginia Seafood month. This event combines fisheries science updates that are relevant to seafood issues with cooking demonstrations by local and nationally known chefs. It offers recertification credit from the American Culinary Federation and is open to chefs, educators, students, and others involved in the culinary field.

For other seafood resources and information, including culinary education, contact Lisa Ayers Lawrence.