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Panel Summary: Innovative Approaches to Integrating Research and K-12 Education to Advance Estuary Stewardship

Webinar Description

Engaging youth and K-12 teachers can expand the broader impact of research and advance coastal stewardship goals. But what are the best strategies for effectively reaching this unique audience and what innovative techniques are being tested?

This panel discussion webinar featured three panelists with experience leading innovative projects that connect K-12 teachers and students with the important research and stewardship activities happening in and around National Estuarine Research Reserves. After providing a brief glimpse into their recent projects, panelists discussed lessons learned and ideas for next steps. Sarah Nuss, an experienced reserve educator, moderated a lively discussion about timely topics, including the partnerships and creative process that spark new projects, broader impacts observed, adaptations to support social distancing, and ideas for research about student and teacher learning.

About this document

On July 28, 2020, the individuals featured in this brief participated in a panel webinar titled Innovative Approaches to Integrating Research and K-12 Education to Advance Estuary Stewardship. During the webinar, panelists briefly presented some lessons learned, highlighted impacts of education efforts across the reserve system, and responded to questions from the audience. In addition to providing a record of the Q&A, this document also contains short descriptions of some education efforts across the reserve system and ideas for expanding the reach of education in new and existing projects.

This document was prepared by NERRS Science Collaborative staff, with input from Sarah Nuss, Julie Binz, Elizabeth Edmondson, and Joan Muller.

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