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Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)

What is TOTE?

A Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop is a research and field-based training program. Teachers use TOTE to increase their understanding of estuary science, and they learn how to engage students in the investigation of changes in their local environment. With this program, teachers and students can interact with scientists, find information about local environmental issues, and participate in field trips and community conservation projects. It’s a learning experience you won’t forget and will love to take back to your students! TOTE workshops offer a minimum of 15 contact hours, and continuing education units (CEUs) are available at no cost to teachers!

Our TOTE workshops typically occur sometime during the first two weeks of June.

TOTE Themes and Topics


Marshes, Management, and Monitoring

  • Intro to marshes and estuaries
  • Sentinel Site Monitoring
  • Ecosystems services and functions
  • Flora and fauna of marshes

Fire Ecology

  • Intro to longleaf pine savannas
  • Management and monitoring (including prescribed fires!)
  • Flora and fauna of longleaf pine savannas

Natural and Cultural History of Grand Bay NERR

  • Historical uses of Grand Bay NERR’s estuary and coastal resources
  • Cultural past of the Pecan, MS community 

If you have a topic or a theme in mind, contact Avery and maybe we can make it happen!

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Meet the Coordinator

Avery Beck is the Education Coordinator.
She oversees the Grand Bay NERR's Education programs.