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Arroyo Colorado is focus of teacher development workshop at Coastal Studies Lab
Posted: 11/20/2012
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The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab will offer a two-day professional development teacher workshop Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 focused on the Arroyo Colorado.

Two Harlingen ISD teachers are pictured bird watching on the boardwalk at the SPI Birding and Nature Center. The center will be one of the sites visited during a professional development workshop Nov. 30-Dec. 1 focused on the Arroyo Colorado offered by UTPA's Coastal Studies Lab.
The workshop was made possible by a grant to the lab from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program. It will be presented in partnership with Sea Grant Texas, the SPI Birding and Nature Center and the Arroyo Colorado Partnership.

The workshop, scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, will be held at the Coastal Studies Lab located at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island.

Topics covered during the workshop will include the following:

• meaningful watershed experiences for teachers and students;

• human impacts on the Arroyo Colorado-Lower Laguna Madre System;

• physical science concepts of water cycle, hydrology, ecology, heat capacity, salinity, air and water pressure; and

• biological science concepts such as aquatic oxygen cycle and habitats.

Attendees will participate in site visits to the SPI Birding and Nature Center and the SPI Water Treatment Facility. They will also learn from hands-on activities of building their own watershed, water testing and bacteria culturing.

Teachers completing the workshop will earn 12 professional development hours and receive an $80 stipend for Saturday, Dec. 1. Participants' schools will be responsible for providing a substitute for Friday, Nov. 30. Educators will also receive one free teacher admission and a reduced price admission for students on the Isla Tours Laguna Madre Eco-Tour/Dolphin Watch.

Registration is required for the limited spaces available. To register or for more information, contact Brigette Goza, research assistant, CSL Educational Outreach Programs, at gozabm@utpa.edu or (956) 761-2644.