Science teachers explore coastal ecosystems with VIMS educators.
Coastal & Ocean Literacy
What We Do
Virginia Sea Grant seeks to increase the coastal and ocean literacy of citizens, students, teachers, culinary industry members, consumers, and local resource managers. The education team within the Marine Advisory Services Department at VIMS maintains an online clearinghouse of marine education information, conducts teacher workshops, and sponsors educational events and programs.
Education projects led by Marine Advisory Services at VIMS include:
- The Bridge Ocean Science Education Resource Center
- Blue Crab Bowl
- Professional Development for Educators and Culinary Professionals
- Seafood Education
- Climate Literacy Workshop
Current work is featured below
Sixteen teams competed in the 2016 Blue Crab Bowl on February 6 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
At the 2014 International Marine Conservation Congress, a project team including Virginia Sea Grant postgraduate fellow Amy Freitag convened a focus group to consider challenges and opportunities related to expanding citizen science in marine and coastal environments.
On October 24-25, students from Gloucester High School’s robotics club came to VIMS to learn about and build underwater robots.
On April 24, 2015, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula watermen kicked off the Virginia Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program.
On February 7, top science students from ten Virginia high schools faced off at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for the 18th Annual Blue Crab Bowl.
The Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Ambassadors spoke about the sustainability of Chesapeake Bay seafood at the 32nd annual Hampton Bay Days.
The Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Ambassadors hosted a booth at the 32nd annual Hampton Bay Days festival to inform locals about sensible seafood.
Four Hampton University students became ambassadors this summer—aquaculture ambassadors, that is. The students are part of the Virginia Sea Grant-funded Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Ambassadors (SFAA) program, a new collaboration between Hampton University (HU) and Virginia Tech (VT).
The Virginia Clean Marina Program awarded Top Rack Marina with Clean Marine designation for voluntarily preventing and reducing pollution at their facility.
The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association honored Lisa Ayers Lawrence with the 2014 Informal Educator Award in July.
Sixteen teachers from all around Virginia got together to learn about and explore coastal change at the 2014 Virginia Coastal Ecosystems Field Course. The Virginia Sea Grant funded workshop took place from July 7-12. Through hands-on activities and lectures given by scientists and National Science Foundation GK12 fellows, the teachers learned about coastal field work. They […]
Wes Batten says monofilament fishing line is often tossed into trashcans, “or worse, rolled up and thrown in the weeds of boat ramps.” Flotilla 67 has installed monofilament fishing line recycling bins to cut down on these occurrences.
Virginia Sea Grant extension at Virginia Tech manned a booth at the Hampton Crabtown Environmental Expo on June 7, 2014. The Expo featured booths and talks about oysters, crabs, aquaculture, sustainability, wetlands, and more. Abigail Villalba, Virginia Sea Grant extension at Virginia Tech’s Seafood Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Hampton, was there to talk […]
A team from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach started strong and then hung on in the finals to win the 17th annual Blue Crab Bowl, a regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB), on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Old Dominion University. This was a record seventh straight year that a […]
The Chefs Seafood Symposium is a Virginia Sea Grant annual event that invites professional, apprentice, and student chefs for a day of learning about seafood and the science behind the products chefs serve.
For a record fifth year in row, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School (Virginia Beach) took first place at the annual Blue Crab Bowl, Virginia’s marine and ocean science quiz competition. This year’s Blue Crab Bowl was held at Old Dominion University on March 3. Other placing teams including Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (Glenns) in second, Seton School (Manassas) in third, and Grafton High School (Yorktown) in fourth.
What should farmers be doing to improve the health of Chesapeake Bay? How about watermen? And regulators?
The UVA Bay Game is a large-scale simulation that allows players to take the perspectives of these and other stakeholders in the Bay region. In honor of Earth Day 2011, on April 22, students at seven universities in the region gathered on their home campuses and communicated with each other through internet videoconferencing for a little bit of friendly competition and a lot of learning.
For a record forth year in a row, Bishop Sullivan High School took top honors at the Annual Blue Crab Bowl on Saturday February 26. Students Walker Olsen, Cameron Forren, Mary Chang, Nathan Taylor, and Joe Brindenstine with their coach, science teacher Bill Dunn were awarded a Blue Crab Bowl Trophy to commend their success at the day-long marine science quiz tournament held at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Gloucester Point).
The PERFECT Program is taking marine science graduate students out of their labs and into K-12 classrooms. Last year, nine VIMS students taught in local schools and developed their science communication skills in the process. This fall, a new cohort of scientists-in-training is poised to enter the program.