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, ‘daviess@sfsu.edu’.

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.

Wetland Delineation Training @ Bay Conference Center, EOS Center/SF State
Mar 19 – Mar 23 all-day



Basic Wetland Delineation is a 40-hour training course that focuses on procedures used to delineate wetland boundaries using the 1987 Corps Wetland Delineation Manual (Technical Report Y-87-1) and the Regional Supplement: Arid West Region (2008). The course will also discuss the Regional Supplement: Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast Region (2010). The main objective of this training is to provide participants with a comprehensive and hands-on introduction to delineation of jurisdictional wetlands in California. Field demonstrations of proper procedures to identify wetland vegetation, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology indicators will be covered. Examples of challenging delineations will be discussed – atypical situations, problem areas, difficult wetland situations in the Arid West, and delineations for restoration projects. This course will consist of 50% lecture and 50% field excursions and laboratory exercises, emphasizing a hands-on approach. Participants will work closely with instructors in small groups to learn how to delineate extent of jurisdictional wetlands in the field. Various approaches to delineation of different wetland types and sizes will be discussed and demonstrated. After successful completion of this course, participants will receive certification that documents 40-hours of training in the use of the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual and two Regional Supplements: Arid West Region/Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast Region.

To be able to complete a wetland delineation using the guidelines and methods used by the Corps of Engineers according to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
1. Understand and apply the delineation methods provided by the Corps
2. Understand the field observations necessary to recognize the three wetland indicators and complete a delineation
3. Develop an awareness of the issues that affect jurisdictional determinations and identify how these issues may affect the outcome of a delineation

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 Aaron Arthur, MS, Tanner Harris, MS/PWS and Amanda McCarthy, Ph.D/PWS

1st three days will be primarily classroom and lab based in Tiburon.

4th and 5th days we will visit sites in Marin County to apply discussion topics to real situations as well as perform a delineation in teams.