Advanced Wetland Delineation @ Bay Conference Center, Romberg Tiburon Center
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm

This training will expand upon the wetland delineation principles discussed in basic wetland delineation, focusing on problematic indicators of hydric vegetation, soils, and hydrology.

Upon completion of the two days students will be able to develop a wetland hydrology monitoring program, determine plant species composition and percent cover using transect sampling/direct sampling techniques, and analyze soil characteristics useful in wetland delineation using field and laboratory techniques.

One discussion focus will be delineation submittal requirements established by the Army Corps of Engineers to determine if identified wetlands and waters are federally-regulated according to the SWANCC and the Rapanos/Carabell Supreme Court decisions.

Methods and procedures will be covered for collecting and presenting the data requested by the Army Corps, including how to determine stream order, relevant reach, ascertain if a drainage is a relatively permanent water, and how to document physical, chemical, and biological conditions of the relevant reach.

Any recent changes to the Army Corps wetland delineation verification procedures that arise due to public review and comment will also be discussed.

Lastly, we will present examples from actual delineations and permitting scenarios to demonstrate successful techniques to get a verified delineation and discuss the “grey areas” of regulatory permitting.

—please bring questions-

Training will be led by bay area delineation experts Tanner Harris, MS and Aaron Arthur, MS

1st day will be classroom based

2nd day we will visit sites in Marin County to apply discussion topics to real situations

Teachers on the Estuary: Oysters @ Bay Conference Center, Romberg Tiburon Center
Jan 20 – Jan 27 all-day

We are looking for ten middle school teachers from Marin County to join a collaborative group of scientists as we learn about native oysters and how to restore them to the San Francisco Estuary.  

Participating teachers will:

  • Learn about the latest science of San Francisco Estuary directly from scientists, with a focus on restoration and climate change and their connections to Next Generation Science Standards
  • Work alongside other motivated teachers and professional scientists
  • Plan and carry out authentic investigations in the beautiful bay mud and in working research labs
  • Share your expertise with your community, at school or beyond, with ample support from scientists and science educators

We envision this as an opportunity to build lasting connections between Marin County teachers and scientists working along the Marin shoreline.

“Teachers on the Estuary: Oysters and Climate” begins with a professional development workshop on Saturdays January 20th and 27th. The 2-day workshop will include hands-on learning about estuaries, oysters, and climate change, and will be rich in NGSS science and engineering connections. After the initial learning, teachers will join one of several related research projects, participate in planning, field and lab work, and data interpretation. Depending on the project (and participants’ availability), research will take place on weekends, evenings or during the summer of 2018. The program will also include additional professional learning opportunities with the cohort of ten teachers and classroom support for integrating your research experience into your teaching.

To apply fill out this online application. 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.

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 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.