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Marine Invaders: Green crabs and other local invasive species

Date: December 3, 2021
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Professional learning workshop for informal and formal educators Grades 6-12.

Join us to learn the basics of invasive species, discover the marine invaders we find on Cape Cod, dive into green crab genetics (real life examples of some middle school genetics concepts), and explore how climate change and invasive species intersect. We’ll then get some applied, regional context when we discuss the impacts of invasive species on an aquaculture farm on Martha’s Vineyard. Take home a thumb drive with background material and classroom activities.


Dr. Carolyn Tepolt, WHOI Biology Department

Dan Martino, co-owner, Cottage City Oysters

You’ll receive:

* Breakfast & lunch
* Standards-based resources & lesson plans
* Field trip to local tide pool
* A tour of the R/V Neil Armstrong
* Hands-on activities
* PDP certificate 


Redfield Auditorium
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
45 Water St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Space is limited to 20.

Cost: $30

For financial assistance and other questions, contact: Grace Simpkins,

Note: We will be walking to a local beach, so please dress warmly.

»  Download the workshop flyer (PDF)

Tentative Workshop Agenda

8:45 – 9:15 -- Arrive WHOI Redfield Auditorium.  Breakfast: pastries, coffee, juice, tea, water

9:15 – 9:30 --Introduction to Woods Hole Sea Grant and WHOI

9:30 – 10:30 -- Dr. Carolyn Tepolt, WHOI Biology Department

10:30 – 10:45 -- Break

10:45 – 11:45 -- Dan Martino, co-owner, Cottage City Oysters, Martha's Vineyard

11:45 – 1:00 -- LUNCH.  Lesson plans, standards, and classroom integration discussion. Free time to walk around Woods Hole village.

1:00 – 1:15 -- Split into 2 groups and proceed to afternoon sessions

1:15 – 2:15 -- Group 1 - Field trip to tide pool. Group 2 - hands-on classroom activities.

2:15 – 3:15 -- Groups swap locations

3:15 - 4:00 -- Tour of the R/V Neil Armstrong