UTPA Coastal Studies Lab offers science workshop Dec. 9 on coastal ecology
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (956) 665-2741
Posted: 11/22/2011
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The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab (CSL) has formed a four-way partnership to provide workshops on Texas coastal ecology to Rio Grande Valley educators.

Jean Petit, a Coastal Studies Lab volunteer and Red Tide Ranger, is pictured analyzing a water sample for the presence of red tide cells, one of the activities teachers will participate in at the Dec. 9 workshop offered free to educators. To register, call (956) 761-2644.

The CSL, located at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island (SPI), is collaborating with the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, the United States Fish and Wildlife Department, and the SPI Birding and Nature Center to present the science workshops for teachers.

The first workshop will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the CSL. Attendees will receive field and laboratory training in Red Tide monitoring, including plankton identification activities for the classroom; identify and learn about plants and animals of the thornscrub forest at Laguna Atascosa, including activities to do in the classroom and at the refuge; and participate in an interpretive guided tour and learn about the educational opportunities at the SPI Birding and Nature Center. Upon completion, participants will earn six professional development hours.

"We hope this will be the first of several future workshops to area public school teachers which will result in teachers bringing their students on field trips and stimulating their interest in science," said Dr. Miguel Nevárez, CSL executive director.

The workshops are free and appropriate for all grade levels, Nevárez said.

For more information or to register, contact the CSL at or call (956) 761-2644.