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URI Narragansett Bay Classroom to Host JASON Expedition Teacher Training Session

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Training open to K-12 teachers, home schoolers, scout leaders,
youth group leaders, and senior citizen organizers.

Narragansett, RI -- September 17, 2004 -- The JASON Expedition: Disappearing Wetlands, which will take place from January 31 to February 5, 2005, will take students and teachers on an exciting journey of discovery to explore the wetlands of the Louisiana Bayou.

To prepare teachers and other group leaders to participate in the JASON Expedition, they are encouraged to attend a training session given by the URI Office of Marine Programs as part of the Narragansett Bay Classroom. Teachers can sign up for one or more of four, three-hour curriculum training sessions offered at the Coastal Institute Visitor Center on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus. Session I will be held on Tuesday, November 2 from 9 am to noon (this session plus any other session is required for educators new to the JASON Project); Session II, November 2 from 1-4 pm; Session III, Saturday, November 6 from 9 am to noon; and Session IV, on November 6 from 1-4 pm.

For schools and organizations, the fee for attending the workshop is $220, which includes a Teacher Pack containing a Teacherís Guide, Student Book, Introductory Video, Post Expedition Video and 30 Team JASON Online Student Licenses for access to Digital Labs, Chats, Message Boards, and more! Also included is the cost for viewing the expedition either at the Bay Campus Coastal Institute Auditorium or over Internet2. The fee for each additional teacher from the same school or organization is $150.

Homeschool teachers can attend the workshop for $95 each. They will also receive the Teacher Pack and 5 Team JASON Online Student Licenses.

Price for the Teacher Pack without the training session is $150 each.

The JASON Expedition: Disappearing Wetlands, led by JASON Project founder and URI Graduate School of Oceanography faculty member Dr. Robert Ballard, will take students on a journey of discovery to the wetlands of the Louisiana Bayou. Wetlands are critical life-supporting ecosystems found throughout the world that provide habitat for an incredible diversity of plants and animals. They are the nurseries for countless species of fish and shellfish that we depend on for food, protect vulnerable coastlines from hurricanes and storm surges, and help filter and purify the small amount of freshwater that is found on our planet. Wetlands are also threatened ecosystems. The mission of JASON Expedition: Disappearing Wetlands is to better understand what wetlands are, why they are disappearing, and how to best manage these ecosystems in Louisiana, in your neighborhood, and around the world.

More information about the JASON Expedition can be found at

For information or to sign up for a training session, register a class or group, or purchase individual tickets, call the URI Office of Marine Programs at 401-874-6211.