Join us as we launch a new program to guide you in engaging your middle and high school aged students in a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) that takes place during the school year in your classroom and during a research cruise on the Pascagoula River aboard GCRL’s R/V Tom McIlwain. This program is not limited to classroom teachers. Any adult with a goal of teaching environmental stewardship may lead a group of children of appropriate ages through this experience, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program. The program targets teachers and group leaders working with underserved and under-represented students located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. One chaperone from each participating group must attend a three-day training session at GCRL (dates TBD, 2015) to learn how to deliver material that will prepare students for their research cruise. That person will receive a stipend, CEUs if appropriate, and instructional materials for use in the classroom part of the MWEE. Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.