Anna Deck from SF Bay NERR and Dr. Andrew Chang of SERC counting and measuring native oysters in Mill Valley.

Anna Deck from SF Bay NERR and Dr. Andrew Chang of SERC counting and measuring native oysters in Mill Valley.

Middle School Teachers working in Marin County would you like to:

  • Study the latest science of San Francisco Estuary, with a focus on restoration and climate change
  • Learn alongside other motivated teachers and professional scientists
  • Be a part of an active scientific research team, choosing to work in the bay or in the lab (both in Tiburon)
  • Share your expertise with your community, at school or beyond


With anticipated funding support from the Marin Community Foundation, a collaborative group of scientists are seeking ten middle school teachers to join our research team as we conduct experiments to improve success of restorations of native oysters in the San Francisco Estuary. This project is local, flexible, and a chance for teachers and scientists to learn together. It is also a great way to hone your NGSS skills!

“Teachers on the Estuary: Oyster Research Team” begins May 2017 and continues through Fall 2018.

During that time, selected teachers will participate in:

  • Two professional development days on Saturdays May 6th and 13th, 2017
  • Field or lab research either in summers or during the school year
  • Two weekday evening research seminars (one in early 2018 and one in Fall 2018)
  • One multi-day professional development experience in August 2018

To apply fill out this online application by April 2nd. Teachers from under-served schools will be given priority acceptance. Pairs of teachers from the same school or with an articulated plan to collaborate across schools are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is only open to teachers working in Marin County. Are you super interested, but not available in May? Please apply anyway! We are committed to finding the right teachers for this project. Questions are welcome and should be directed to Sarah D. Ferner, Education Coordinator, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, ‘’.

Funding for this project is provided by NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System “Teachers on the Estuary” program and an anticipated award from Marin Community Foundation and California Coastal Conservancy. 

Partners on this project are:

Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Research Center, Marine Invasions Lab

NOAA and San Francisco State University’s San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center

Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary


Ready to Join? Apply here.

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