Environmental Education Team

GOMA committed to providing environmental education that included local cultural and economic values with the belief that education will encourage action toward a healthier Gulf. GOMA’s environmental education efforts included formal and informal educational opportunities, professional development, communication, and actions which reach an extensive audience. Throughout the implementation of Action Plan I and Action Plan II, the Environmental Education Priority Issue Team was led by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Environmental Education ACTIONS

Community Education and Outreach

Increase awareness and promote action among Gulf citizens by engaging in educational and outreach activities.

  • Environmental Education Listserv (GOMAEEN) — A network that facilitates information sharing to interested partners.
  • A Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program Initiative: Regional Coastal Training Workshops — This is a unique regional collaboration designed to deliver relevant information to key stakeholders on issues related to the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Smart Yard, Healthy Gulf — A project to encourage homeowners to reduce their spring and fall fertilizer use.
  • Expanding Conservation and Stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico — This project built upon and extended the successes of GOMA partners to expand public knowledge and awareness of issues related to the Gulf of Mexico and increase K-12 environmental literacy.
  • Muddy Water Watch — A state-wide education program training volunteers to monitor for stormwater runoff from construction sites.
  • Gulf Lagniappe: Adult EE Workshops — Adult education workshops focusing on environmental topics in south Louisiana.
  • Community Grass Gardens — A community restoration, outreach and education initiative, mini-grant.
Public Awareness

Expand public awareness efforts to connect the Gulf and its relevance to the lives of citizens.

  • Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center Designation — Expanded to at least one facility in each of the five U.S. Gulf States and the Mexican Gulf State of Veracruz.
  • USGS NBII GOMAEEN Clearinghouse — An electronic clearinghouse designed to disseminate effective Gulf coast related educational information and materials via the Internet.
  • Underserved and Underrepresented Populations Working Group — A working group to engage communities for the purpose of learning about the environments in which they live.
  • Pilot program to Engage Underserved and Underrepresented Communities — A working group was established to work with UU target audiences. A regional pilot project was conducted.
  • Strengthening the Gulf of Mexico Alliance: Enhancing Local Capacity to Reach Underserved and Underrepresented Populations — Project increases access to environmental information and opportunities related to water quality, eutrophication, coastal habitats, and wetland loss.
  • Environmental Awareness Campaign for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance – Social Marketing Plan — The first regional social marketing study for the Gulf of Mexico. It included both a review of nutrient issues and perceptions of GOMA. Literature review, qualitative brief, and research brief were produced.
  • Florida Alliance Educators – Support the Gulf — A series of strategies aimed at addressing Alliance issues in Florida.
  • Enhanced Public Awareness and Understanding of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issues Through Exhibitry – Oceans Today Kiosk — Enhancing the awareness and understanding of the relevance of the Gulf of Mexico to the everyday lives of the citizenry within the five U.S. Gulf States and one of the six Mexican States bordering this region.
  • Building Cultural Competency in Experiential Environmental Education — Project to engage teachers, students, and parents in STEM education through cultural understanding.
  • Clean Coast Partnership Website — A collaborative effort to coordinate city, state, business and individual efforts and resources for recycling and other environmentally friendly practices.
  • EcoHero Kiosks Partnership — Interactive kiosks developed and installed in the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers. Kiosk topics were centered on GOMA priorities.
  • National Marine Education Association Conference — An international conference held on the Gulf Coast for formal and informal educators.
  • Muddy Water Stormwater Commercial — A novel Q&A stormwater commercial placed in area movie theatres.
K through 20 Environmental Literacy

Increase environmental literacy within the K through 20 audience by developing, implementing, expanding, and enhancing specific environmental education programs.

  • DWH Education Project for Formal and Informal Educators — Virtual workshops held synchronously across four states to educate teachers on DWH issues.
  • K-12 Pilot Program with B-WET — A project using residual B-WET funds to supplement a former EE mini-grant in K-12 education.
  • LIFE-Big Cypress Watershed (Collier, Okaloosa) — The expansion of the FLDEP LIFE program to new locations.
  • Science and Spanish Club Network — A Texas program to help engage minority students in STEM education, community service, and workforce development.
  • Gulf of Mexico Ocean Literacy Project — Identify and implement successful strategies for reaching underserved and underrepresented audiences through the provision of field-based activities for middle school teachers and students.
  • Formal and Informal Environmental Education of the Northern Gulf of Mexico — Preparation of and presentations of lessons on the elements of the Coastal Habitats.
  • Watershed Investigations: Engaging Underserved Youth in Exploring Climate Change — Watershed Investigations will introduce students to the local watershed, water quality, coastal habitats, climate change and the role students can play in protecting our water resources.
  • Gulf of Mexico Stewardship Communications — Products to help communicate and engage the K-12 community on water quality. Key products were tool boxes delivered to the Gulf states.
  • Mini-Grants in Alabama
    • Oyster Gardening Project
    • Wonders of Wetlands
    • Engaging Youth in Engineering (EYE)
    • Marine Applications of Science and Technology (MAST)
    • Sea Star
    • From the Mountains to the Gulf: Helping Teachers Make Connections
    • Squeaky Sneakers
  • Mini-Grants in Florida
    • Pilot Summer Program for Teachers: Gulf of Mexico Stewardship and Conservation
    • Conservation through Education at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
    • Coastal Crusaders: Conserving Native Florida
    • Minority Students and Community Outreach on Hurricane Preparedness and Adaptation
    • High School Teachers: Teens teaching Tweens about the Coast
    • Assessing Water Quality in Local Estuarine Tributaries of Pensacola Bay
    • Increasing Access to Science Based Environmental Education by Matching Local Needs with
    • Resources
    • Island Adventures Pilot Project
  • Mini-Grants in Louisiana
    • Going Beyond the Bayou & Gulf Lagniappe: Adult EE Workshops & Wetland Warriors
    • Marine Lab Estuarine & Marine Lab Awareness Program
    • Coast to Classroom
    • Louisiana Environmental Literacy Plan
    • Training Future Scientists, Teachers and Families in Coastal Wetland Conservation and Restoration
    • An Electronic Field Trip: Conservation and Protection of the Gulf Coast
  • Mini-Grants in Mississippi
    • Website for Aquatic Plants
    • Student and Community Outreach Symposia
    • Website for Aquatic Plants & their Habitats of the MS Coast
    • Camp Leonardo: Where Science Meets Art
    • WETMAAP Gulfwide
  • Mini-Grants in Texas
    • Sunset Lake Invaders
    • Get Hip to Habitat
    • GK-12 Summer Field Science Program
    • Kids Teaching Parents Environmental Education & Kids Teaching Parents II
    • Know Your Watershed
    • River Stewards II
    • Groundwater to the Gulf (G2G) Institute - Learning about the Colorado River watershed & the Gulf of Mexico
Economic Value Communication

GOMA’s Environmental Education team focused on including the economic value of Gulf ecosystems in environmental education.

  • Ecosystem Services Video Translations — Video translations to English, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

For more detailed information about project partners and funding, please download the full report here.