This year’s Georgia Association of Marine Education (GAME) conference will be held on November 8-10, 2019 on Skidaway Island in Savannah and hosted by the UGA Aquarium and Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. GAME is a state chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and membership includes both formal and informal educators.
Participants at this annual event will be investigating clues as they explore, “Solving Georgia’s Coastal Mysteries through Science." The guest line-up is currently being planned, along with some other mysterious activities and field excursions throughout the weekend!
The GAME board is committed to highlighting the relevant research happening on the UGA Skidaway Marine Science Campus and in collaboration with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant during this event.
Friday- Nov. 8
2:30-5:00 pm Conference Check-in Registration
3-5:00 pm RV Sea Dawg Trawl Trip (optional, additional fee)
6:00 pm Wine and Cheese Reception (aquarium)
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Keynote speaker – Bryan Fluech, Associate Director Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Saturday- Nov. 9
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Conference Welcome
8:30 – 9:45 am Plenary session with Q&A (UGA Aquarium auditorium)
Tom Bliss – oyster aquaculture and restoration
Dr. Jay Brandes – microplastics on the coast
Dr. Marc Frischer – shrimp black gill research
9:55 – 10:35 Concurrent Session 1
10:45 – 11:25 Concurrent Session 2
11:35- 12:15 Concurrent Session 3
12:15 Lunch - Silent Auction begins
12:45 pm GAME Membership Meeting during lunch
1:15 pm Field Experiences (included with registration):
3:30 pm Free time
5 – 6:00 pm Social hour
6:00 pm Silent Auction closes/check-out items
6:30 pm Dinner (Low-Country Boil)
7:30 pm Live Auction
Dark Bonfire on the bluff and astronomy
Sunday - Nov. 10
Field Trip Options (included with registration):
- 9:30-11:30 am Wormsloe State Historic Site Tour
- 8:30-10:00 am Birding at Skidaway Island State Park
REGISTRATION Early Bird ends October 15, 2019
FULL Registration: $125 ($85 for student and seasonal educator)
Includes: One year of GAME membership, 2019 GAME conference favor, Friday Science Cafe, all Saturday sessions, snacks, lunch, silent and live auction admission, Low Country Boil dinner, Sunday’s breakfast and Sunday’s field trip (s).
After the October 15st deadline cost is $140 per person, excluding students and seasonal educators
Friday's Field Trip Option (optional, additional fee)
- RV Sea Dawg Trawl Trip ($35)
Saturday’s Field Excursion Options (included with registration)
Maritime Walk w/John "Crawfish" Crawford
Skiff trip to see oyster floating gear with Rob Hein
Virtual Tour of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Sunday Morning’s Field Trip Options (also included in registration)
The lodging that is available, for the conference are the MECA dorms. Lodging at the dorms is optional; however, you will have to arrange your alternate on your own.
The price per night is $35 per person. This is in addition to your conference registration fee. All the dorms are shared rooms, housing two people for each and four per suite with a conjoined bathroom. While bunked beds are present in each room, rooms will not be booked to capacity. In other words, lodging for the conference will NOT require anyone to sleep on an upper bunk. Furthermore, wheelchair and restricted access rooms are available upon request.
When completing registration, please make sure to identify any other participants you are requesting to room with. Requests will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, to ensure you are sharing a room with someone you are requesting, make sure to send your registration in early.
The 2019 Georgia Association of Marine Education (GAME) Conference will take place at the University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) on the Skidaway Island Marine Science campus in Savannah. We will be hosted by Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant who manages MECA and the neighboring Shellfish Research Lab.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We invite people to submit proposals for our concurrent sessions Saturday morning of our conference. They can be a presentation, hands-on session, or an outdoor/field session related to phenomenon based learning or as we like to say, "Solving Georgia's Coastal Mysteries through Science." Please submit proposals by October 10th, as presenters will be notified by October 15th. Here is the proposal form:
2019 Call for Proposals
GAME is pleased to again offer 3 scholarships to interested registrants. Please submit applications on or before October 15, 2019. Recipients will be notified by October 25, 2019. For more information about these available funds, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/MYFimE5GzEZPRxVk7