Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Rivers to Reefs 2014
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Sunday: June 22, 2014
Log Day 1

Heather Davison; Lamar County Middle School,
   Barnesville, GA
Monique L. Duggins, Evoline C. West Elementary,
  Fairburn, GA

Heather Davison

Georgia Aquarium Education Director Kim Morris-Zarneke gives a behind-the-scenes tour

Georgia Aquarium Education Director Kim Morris-Zarneke gives a behind-the-scenes tour.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

I was sure that my anxiety would ease once I'd met the group today and learned more about what we'd be doing this week.

Well, I am geared up now for a week of fun and learning, but I am still pretty nervous anticipating the sleep that will be lost in the process. I feel like a kid going off to camp; and I cannot wait!

It takes all 16 participating teachers, side-by-side, to measure up to the wing span of a very large manta ray painted on the wall

It takes all 16 participating teachers, side-by-side, to measure up to the wing span of a very large manta ray painted on the wall.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

Today at the Georgia Aquarium we saw beluga whales, whale sharks, extremely large manta rays and other smaller rays, and a tropical reef with super cute newborn bamboo sharks.

In all that I learned today, I expect that many of us will be stepping out of our comfort zones and I am curious to see how we will handle it. I see opportunities for learning all around us with information streaming so quickly that I have to work to process it all.

Our next adventure will begin early in the morning along the headwaters of the watershed at Shoal Creek.

Whale sharks and manta rays in behind the scenes tour at the Georgia Aquarium

Many participants are seeing giant whale sharks and manta rays for the first time in this behind-the-scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

Monique L. Duggins

Today I got to do something I've dreamed of since 2005, a behind the scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium. Yay, me!

This kick-off to the 2014 Rivers to Reefs Workshop was fascinating and a great way to get us excited about the week ahead.

My take home lesson for today: Water is a precious resource that we must protect for future generations to enjoy.


Newborn bamboo shark

Newborn bamboo shark.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

Teachers are drawn to a touch tank of seastars and sea urchins

Teachers Nakeshia Williams, Kaitlin Dunn, Ashley Scott, and Michelle Rodabaugh are drawn to a touch tank of seastars and sea urchins.
(Photo: Amy Rath)

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