June 2016

Welcome to CZ-Mail, the monthly electronic newsletter from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Each issue provides information on major CZM initiatives, available tools and publications, upcoming workshops and events, grants, contracting opportunities, job openings, coastal legislation, and other news of interest to people working on coastal issues. Additional information about CZM's programs, publications, and other coastal topics can be found on the CZM website. To subscribe to CZ-Mail, send a blank email to join-env-cz-mail@listserv.state.ma.us. Also, please feel free to share CZ-Mail with colleagues and friends—and if you have any suggestions for future editions, or would like make a change to your CZ-Mail subscription, please email your request to CZ-Mail@state.ma.us. For daily updates from CZM, please follow us on Twitter.

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Draft Northeast Ocean Plan

On May 25, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) released the Draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan for public review and a 60-day public comment period. The RPB is a group of representatives from six New England states, six federally recognized tribes, nine federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council that was formed to better manage the ocean and coasts in the Northeast. The draft plan is the result of a federal Executive Order issued in 2010 that established a national ocean policy and tasked regional planning bodies with developing regional ocean plans. Several years of scientific study, data analysis, public participation, and collaboration have led to a comprehensive characterization of ocean ecosystems and human uses and the subsequent development of a regional ocean plan for the Northeast. Three public meetings will be held in Massachusetts to introduce the plan and solicit public comments. The meetings will be:

  • Gloucester - June 13, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester
  • Boston - June 14, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Rooms C and D, Boston
  • New Bedford - June 15, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford

The RPB invites comments and feedback from those interested in the future of New England’s ocean and its resources. Comments may be provided online or in writing, or by attending one of the public meetings. For more information, including commenting instructions, links to the Northeast Data Portal, and supporting documents, see the Northeast RPB website.

Little River Restoration Project Completed

On May 23, the City of Gloucester, state and local officials, and conservation advocates celebrated the completion of the Little River restoration and resiliency project, which involved day-lighting portions of buried waterway, replacing an aging concrete channel with a natural stream bed, and restoring sensitive coastal wetlands. These efforts have already dramatically improved ecological conditions, eliminated a public safety hazard, reduced flooding risks, and enhanced climate change resiliency in the small coastal stream that flows from Lily Pond to the Annisquam River. The project was funded through a variety of grant sources, the most significant of which was a $400,000 Coastal Resilience Grant from CZM. Additional funding was provided by the City of Gloucester, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and DFG’s Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). For details on the project and the event, see the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) press release.

Seeking Local Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2016

COASTSWEEP 2016, the annual state-wide beach cleanup sponsored by CZM, kicks off in September—but now is the time to sign up to be a local cleanup coordinator to make sure your favorite beach, marsh, dive site, and riverbank is free of trash and other marine debris. Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each year for this event, which is part of an international campaign organized by the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Participants all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then used to help reduce future marine debris problems. Cleanups will be scheduled throughout September and October. To get involved, see the COASTSWEEP website or check out COASTSWEEP on Facebook or Twitter.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

June 1 marks the start of hurricane season, and forecasters have predicted an average year for the Atlantic. On April 14, the annual prediction from the Colorado State University forecast team called for 12 named storms forming in the Atlantic between June 1 and November 30. Five of these storms are expected to turn into hurricanes with two predicted to be major hurricanes (i.e., Saffir/Simpson category 3, 4, or 5 with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater). For all the latest hurricane information, see the NOAA National Hurricane Center website. For the definitions of watches and warnings for hurricanes and tropical storms, see the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning and Product Changes Associated with Post-Tropical Cyclones web page. To prepare your property and family for these dangerous storms and to reduce your risks, see the CZM Hurricane Preparedness Kit and CZM's 2002 Coastlines magazine. For the best tracking information for storms heading toward Massachusetts, along with information on potential flooding and disaster recovery, see CZ-Tip - The Complete Guide to Online Hurricane Tracking for Massachusetts.

CZ-Tip - Getting to the Beach by Boat

Now that beach season has officially begun, it’s time to plan some summertime treks to the sea. Why not include boat-based public transportation as part of the fun? The Bay State includes dozens of destinations accessible by ferry. And there’s no need to limit water transportation to days at the beach—you can cruise the Commonwealth coastline for your commute too. Find all the details in the CZ-Tip: Public Transportation by Boat.

Grants/Funding/Proposal Opportunities

Coastal Resilience Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Resilience Grant Program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, this program will provide up to $2 million in grants and technical assistance to coastal communities to advance innovative and transferable local coastal resilience initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of climate impacts, assess vulnerability and risk, conduct adaptation planning, and redesign vulnerable public facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, both coastal communities and certified 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations may seek funding for nature-based approaches (or green infrastructure) that enhance natural resources and provide storm damage protection. To view the Request for Responses (RFR) and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by June 6.

Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program - CZM is seeking proposals for the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program. For FY 2017, the CPR program will provide up to $400,000 to municipalities located in the Massachusetts Coastal Watershed to assess and remediate stormwater pollution from paved surfaces and to design and construct commercial boat waste pumpout facilities. As much as $125,000 may be requested and a 25 percent match of the total project cost is required. Projects may not exceed one year in duration and must be completed by June 30 of each year. To view the RFR and download required forms, see the COMMBUYS website. Proposals are due by June 30.

Reminders - These opportunities, listed in the last CZ-Mail, are still available:

  • Parks and Conservation Grants - EEA’s Division of Conservation Services (DCS) is seeking applications for the FY 2017 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC), Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND), and Conservation Partnership grants. PARC grants help communities acquire parkland, develop new parks, and renovate existing parks. LAND grants provide funds to municipal conservation commissions to purchase conservation land and conservation restrictions. Conservation Partnership grants provide funds to nonprofit organizations for land acquisitions. PARC and LAND grant applications are due by July 13. Conservation Partnership applications are due by July 18.

Products/Publications

2016 Boaters’ Guide to Tides and Pumpout Facilities - This wallet-sized pamphlet from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program contains information on the locations of pumpout facilities along the Massachusetts coastline and a June-September tide chart. Download a free copy from the CVA website. Limited hard copies are also available. Email your request and mailing address to Cecil French at cecil.french@state.ma.us.

Responses to Climate Change Report - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Water Program has released 2015 Highlights of Progress: Responses to Climate Change by the EPA National Water Program. This document provides a summary of the major 2015 accomplishments of EPA's national and regional water programs related to climate change, along with major research projects addressing climate change and water completed in 2015 by the EPA Office of Research and Development.

Fisheries and Offshore Wind Report - SeaPlan, in collaboration with offshore wind energy developer Deepwater Wind LLC and the Rhode Island Charter and Party Boat Association, has released Addressing Interactions between Fisheries and Offshore Wind Development: The Block Island Wind Farm, a report that summarizes strategies that have been effective in minimizing conflict and establishing cooperation between Deepwater Wind and Rhode Island fishing communities at the Block Island Wind Farm pilot project. The paper describes Deepwater Wind’s fisheries mitigation options framework, including collaborative groundfish and lobster surveys conducted with local fishermen and other strategies that may be useful for informing future offshore wind projects in the United States.

Ebb & Flow - The May 2016 issue of Ebb & Flow, the Massachusetts Department of Ecological Resources eNewsletter, features articles on innovation in urban river restoration, flow issues in the Parker River, and other updates, grant opportunities, events, and resource links.

Natural Hazards Observer - The April 2016 issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, Colorado, focuses on climate change and indigenous people and other natural hazards news and information.

Marine Ecosystems and Management Information Service - The May 2016 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the bimonthly information service on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, includes tools and resources for measuring blue carbon, EBM in Venice, Italy, and other notes and news.

Web-Based and Mobile-User Resources

New NERACOOS Website - The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) has launched a new website, which has improved navigation to allow for easier access data products. The site features data on waves, water levels, winds, temperature, currents, and more. The updated site also includes data from a new wave buoy deployed in Cape Cod Bay, which measures wave height, direction, period, and sea surface temperature. This survey can be used to provide feedback on the new website.

Climate Change Training Module - EPA has launched Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources, a new 45-minute, online training for water resource professionals to increase their understanding of the causes of climate change and the potential impacts on water resources and other challenges. The module describes how federal, state, tribal, and local governments and communities are working to make the United States more resilient to the impacts of climate. The training is part of the EPA Watershed Academy web certificate program.

Job Postings

Teacher Naturalists - The National Environmental Education Development Academy (NEED) in Truro is seeking application for two Teacher/Naturalists for the 2016-2017 school year. The NEED Academy is a small residential environmental education school, housed in a retired Coast Guard Station within the Cape Cod National Seashore. The program serves 5th grade students. Teacher/Naturalists will lead hikes and develop and present experiential lessons based on the Massachusetts Education Frameworks and centered on the local environment. Staff members are also responsible on a rotating basis for helping with meal preparation and serving and bedtime. For more information, see the NEED website.

Environmental Educators - The Westport River Watershed Alliance is seeking two full-time Commonwealth Corps volunteers to serve as Environmental Educators for children in grades PreK-12 and launch additional weekend student and family education programs. Volunteers with the Alliance will serve in a full-time capacity from August 2016 through June 2017. The position includes a bi-weekly stipend and a completion award. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Shelli Costa, wep@wrwa.com. For a full position description, see the Alliance website.

Calendar

Aquarium Lecture Series - Through June 16, the New England Aquarium will host the Aquarium Lecture Series, which will feature free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers, and others. The next session on June 2 will be The Impact of Invasive Lionfish on Bermuda’s Marine Ecosystem by Corey Eddy, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference - On June 6, Woods Hole Sea Grant, in coordination with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and CZM, will hold the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference in Edgartown. Topics to be discussed include the dynamics of Katama Bay, island-wide updates on coastal projects, impacts to natural resources, management issues, and current research. For more information, please contact Greg Berman at gberman@whoi.edu or Steve McKenna at stephen.mckenna@state.ma.us.

Climate Change Program - In June and July, the Environmental Business Council of New England will hold the second and third sessions of the Climate Change Program Series in Boston. Part Two, Resilience and Adaptation: Priorities, Latest Developments, will be held on June 9 and will feature a talk by CZM’s StormSmart Coasts Manager, Julia Knisel. Part Three, Insurance Industry Perspective on Risk Related to Climate Change will be held on July 15.

Communications Workshops - On June 10, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s (WBNERR) Coastal Training Program will hold the environmental communications workshop, Water Words that Work, in Grafton. The workshop will focus on everyday language that is most effective when communicating environmental messages about rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans. Registration is required by June 7.

White Sharks in the North Atlantic - On June 10, the Marion Natural History Museum will present, White Sharks in the North Atlantic with Dr. Greg Skomal, Senior Marine Fisheries Scientist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Skomal will discuss efforts to study the white shark and the increased activity of these predators off of Cape Cod. See the Sippican Week event listing for more information.

Marina Cleanup Day - In June, Ocean Conservancy’s Good Mate Green Boating program is inviting boaters, marinas, boat houses, and yacht clubs to participate in and/or organize a marina cleanup on or around National Marina Day on June 11. For more information or to get involved see the Ocean Conservancy website.

Salem Sound Run/Walk for the Beach - On June 12, Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold the 7th annual Run/Walk for the Beach in Beverly, a 5K event to support their efforts to protect local beaches and marine life.

Summer Cinema by the Sea - This spring and summer, the Northeastern University's Marine Science Center will hold a free film series of marine-related documentaries. On June 14, Ocean Frontiers II—A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea features stresses on oceans due to global population growth and the people that have begun using new approaches to ocean management—a movement of scientists, businesses, farmers, fishermen, governments, and citizens who care for the sea. All screenings are open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Murphy Bunker at the Marine Science Center in Nahant. For additional movie times, see the Marine Science Center website.

Hometown Habitat - On June 16, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) will hold a reception and movie event in Dennis featuring the film Hometown Habitat. This environmental education documentary focuses on how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. For more information, see the APCC website.

Environmental Business Council Awards - On June 16, the Environmental Business Council (EBC) will hold the annual Meeting and Awards Celebration in Boston. Each year, EBC recognizes companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding environmental/energy accomplishments in the promotion of a sustainable, clean environment through this awards celebration.

Ipswich River Paddle-a-thon - On June 18, the Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA) will hold the first Ipswich River Paddle-a-thon. Participants will paddle the river from North Reading to Ipswich. All proceeds support IRWA and its efforts to keep the Ipswich River clean and healthy. Registration is required and limited to the first 50 boats. All paddlers and volunteers are invited to a post-paddling celebration at IRWA headquarters in Ipswich.

Working Waterfronts Webinar - On June 22, the National Working Waterfront Network will host the webinar Preserving the Working Waterfront: Stories from the Nation’s Coast. This webinar captures a working waterfront oral history project funded by NOAA and captures 10 oral histories from local champions on the frontlines of working waterfront preservation. To pre-register for the webinar, please send an email to Stephanie Otts at sshowalt@olemiss.edu.

Research Vessel Open House at WHOI - On June 25, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will host an open house for the newest research vessel, the R/V Neil Armstrong. The Neil Armstrong is the latest in a long history of ocean-going research at WHOI that stretches back to 1930. See the details on WHOI’s Armstrong web page.

Smart Growth Conference—Call for Session Proposals - From February 2-4, the 16th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities, will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. The three-day conference includes more than 75 breakouts, workshops, and trainings and will feature cutting-edge policies and programs, projects, and best practices, as well as strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of implementing smart growth development principles. See the Call for Session Proposals, which are due by June 30.

GIS and Water Resources Conference - From July 11-13, the American Water Resources Association will hold the 2016 Summer Specialty Conference, GIS and Water Resources IX, in Sacramento, California. This conference will focus on the role of GIS in supporting better decisions across a broad spectrum of water, land, ecological, and related resources. The latest GIS techniques and technology will be presented in the context of full implementation cycle, from data collection, process modeling, decision making, information dissemination, and action support.

Teachers on the Estuary Workshop - From July 11-14, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold a Teachers on the Estuary workshop in Wells, Maine. This free, four-day, field and research-based workshop is geared toward middle and high school teachers and will focus on sea level rise, climate change, blue carbon, watersheds, and estuaries.

Urban Waters Training Workshop - From July 26-28, EPA’s Urban Waters Partnership will hold the 2016 Urban Waters National Training Workshop in Arlington, Virginia. The Urban Waters Movement strives to help restore urban waterways and revitalize communities.

Great River Race - On July 30, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) will hold the 2016 Great River Race, a seven-mile race along the South Shore’s North River. NSRWA invites all to participate on a non-motorized vessel (canoe, kayak, paddleboard, row boat, etc.). Proceeds from this event support NSRWA's work to protect and restore local streams, salt marshes, and the watershed.

National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop - From August 23-25, EPA, in coordination with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, will hold the 22nd Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop, Making a Difference with Data-Driven Management, in Salt Lake City. The workshop is an important forum for sharing information and improving communication on controlling and tracking nonpoint source pollution at its source and in receiving water bodies. There will be 14 concurrent sessions and two plenary sessions designed to bring together individuals from a wide range of backgrounds including science, engineering, business, public policy, education, and community groups.

Family Field Walks - Through September, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Family Field Walks. Naturalists will guide explorations focusing on the various plants, animals, habitats, and other ecological features along the John Wing Trail. These walks are approximately 90 minutes over somewhat challenging terrain. Walks are on Sundays through September 25 and weekdays from June 20-September 2.

Mudflat Mania - From June 28 through August 29, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Mudflat Mania!, twice weekly hikes to Cape Cod Bay to explore the life on and below the Brewster sand flats.

Cape Cod Field Schools - Through November, Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-day field courses for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Field Schools emphasize active, outdoor, "in-the-field" experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists.

OneNOAA Science Seminars - See the NOAA seminar series website for listings and details on NOAA science and climate seminars and webinars available across the nation.

MACC Education - The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) offers a variety of specialized education programs. Visit the MACC workshops page to see an overview of upcoming wetland delineation and soil science courses and shrub identification workshops, along with the soil erosion and sediment-control training program. The MACC online education calendar provides a schedule of programs.

Birdwatching for Beginners - Through August, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Birdwatching for Beginners with Gretchen Moran Towers, who will present basic skills designed to enable bird identification through sight and sound. Each session is followed by an outdoor venture to view birds in their natural habitat.

Tuesday Tweets - On several Tuesdays into August, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will hold Tuesday Tweets, bird watching walks with Gretchen Moran Towers. Whether experienced or a beginner, bring binoculars, wear appropriate footwear, and come prepared to watch, study, and enjoy birds in their natural habitats.

Walks, Lectures, and Events on Cape Cod - Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults. For more information, search the calendar of programs, classes, and activities for Wellfleet Bay and Long Pasture.

Ipswich River Wildlife Programs and Activities - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary provides numerous nature walks, talks, and adventures. See the program catalog for event and schedule information.

Reminders - The following calendar items posted previously in CZ-Mail are still to come:

  • Boston Harbor Educators Conference—Call for Presenters - On October 1, Massachusetts Marine Educators will hold the Boston Harbor Educators Conference, Celebrating Boston Harbor: Lighting the Way Forward, at UMass Boston. Organizers are seeking workshop proposals with information for educators on how to engage in outdoor exploration and inform communities about the importance of the Boston Harbor. Submit proposals by June 3 through this proposal form.
  • World Oceans Day - World Oceans Day is June 8 and activities celebrating oceans and coasts are held across the world throughout June. The 2016 theme is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. See the World Oceans Day website to view or submit events.
  • Spectacle Island 5K - On June 12, Boston Harbor Now will hold the fifth annual Spectacle Island Flag Day 5K Road Race. Enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the city from this historic island. Race day festivities feature a 5K Race, half-mile Kids Fun Run, picnic lunch for participants, music, and kids’ activities.
  • Floodplain Management Conference - From June 19-24, the Association of State Floodplain Managers will hold its 40th annual National Conference, Great Lakes, Grand Partners, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Presentations and trainings will focus on developing partnerships to tackle issues and problems associated with mitigating flood risk including coastal flood risk reduction, inundation mapping, modeling, community resilience, protecting floodplains and fragile natural resources, and more.
  • Fish Passage Conference - From June 20-22, the International Conference on River Connectivity will be held at UMass Amherst. Fish Passage 2016 is a national forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange findings and experiences on fish passage issues. This is a three-day conference with concurrent sessions in engineering, biology, management, and social issues.
  • Buzzards Bay Swim - On June 25, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will host the 2016 Buzzards Bay Swim. Join hundreds of swimmers of all ages and ability levels for a 1.2-mile, open-water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor. Funds raised support work to protect and restore Buzzards Bay.
  • National Marine Educators Conference - From June 27-July 1, the National Marine Educators Association 2016 Conference:Making Waves: Current Connections in Marine Science, will be held in Orlando, Florida. This conference brings together marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment.
  • Summer Institute for Teachers - From July 5-8, Salem Sound Coastwatch will offer the Teacher Summer Institute, a week of experiential learning around local habitats in the coastal watershed of Salem Sound for teachers of grades 5-12. Teachers will get hands-on experiences in coastal ecology, watershed science, and using local settings for outdoor place-based education. Register for this free teacher training.
  • Teachers on the Estuary - This WBNERR program is designed to improve teachers' and students' understanding of the environment using local research examples. This year's program will focus on investigating a changing environment and will run from July 25-28, plus a follow-up session in November. For more information, see the WBNERR website.

Other Items of Interest

Marine Safety Bulletin—Wave Buoy Deployed in Cape Cod Bay - The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in association with NOAA and NERACOOS, has deployed a wave buoy in Cape Cod Bay approximately eight miles east of the east entrance to the Cape Cod Canal, at latitude 41° 50.38’N, longitude 070° 19.74’W. The buoy will measure wave height, direction, period, and sea surface temperature and will emit a yellow flashing light at night. The buoy’s data is updated every 30 minutes and is available on several websites including NERACOOS. Mariners are cautioned to not moor or tie vessels to this buoy for any reason. For questions about this wave buoy or its data, contact the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at (858) 534-3032 or www@cdip.ucsd.edu.

e360 Video Contest - The third annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest is now accepting entries. The contest honors the best environmental videos. Submissions must be films that focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and are a maximum of 15 minutes in length. Videos that are funded by an organization or company and are primarily about that organization or company are not eligible. The first-place winner will receive $2,000, and two runners-up will each receive $500. The winning entries will be posted on the Yale Environment 360 website. The deadline for entries is June 10.

Champions of Change - The White House is seeking nominations to recognize individuals as Champions of Change for Climate Equity, which honors those who work at the grassroots level to enable low-income and underserved communities to prepare for, adapt to, and thrive in the face of climate change. Champions will be recognized at a White House ceremony on July 15. Nominations are due by June 10.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest - The From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest promotes ocean stewardship among high school students and provides cash prizes for winning essays, art, and advocacy. This year's theme, Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution, focuses on making meaningful connections between ocean health and human activity. Entries are due by June 13.

Coastal Ocean Science Academy - The Northeastern University Marine Science Center in Nahant is accepting applications for the 2016 Coastal Ocean Science Academy, a two-week summer experience held from August 8-19 that is open to students entering grades 9-12. Participants experience firsthand diverse New England coastal habitats and marine resources, engaging in hands-on research and inquiry activities. For 2016, the program will also offer a one-week middle school session from July 11-15.

Mass Audubon Photo Contest - Mass Audubon is holding its 2016 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest, which is open to all participants and seeks digital images that highlight the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, habitats, people in nature, and Mass Audubon Travel. Entries are due by September 30.

Center for Coastal Studies Volunteers - The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown is seeking volunteers to staff the outreach booth on MacMillan Pier. Shifts start in May and run until October. Volunteers will work help to operate the public educational and retail kiosk, welcome visitors, and increase public awareness of CCS marine research and conservation work. For more information and to apply, contact Jan Young at jeyoung@coastalstudies.org.

Waquoit Baywatcher Needed - The Friends of the Waquoit Bay Reserve is seeking a volunteer with a boat in Waquoit Bay to help collect and process water samples. Sampling takes about three hours in the morning once per month from June through October. If interested, contact Jordan Mora at Jordan.mora@state.ma.us.

Summer Science School - In July and August, the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation sponsors a Summer Science School offering week-long, full- and half-day educational experiences for students entering grades 2-12. For details, program brochures, and registration information, see the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation's Summer Science School web page.

KidSummer - This summer, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will offer KidSummer, which provides a range of programs for 3-15 year olds encouraging learning and appreciation of the environment through age-appropriate, STEAM-based curriculum and indoor/outdoor activities led by educators/naturalists. Registration is available for weekly sessions (June 27-August 12) through the museum’s FamilyID website.