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2021 Annual Conference

  • 12 Nov 2021
  • 7:00 PM (UTC-05:00)
  • 14 Nov 2021
  • 4:30 PM (UTC-05:00)
  • Tybee Island, Georgia


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GAME 2021 Annual Conference

Ocean Literacy Reboot

November 12-14, 2021

Tybee Island, Georgia 

Join us to celebrate 30th anniversary Georgia Association of Marine Education. And what better way to celebrate than to return to our roots and rediscover the Ocean Literacy Principles. Ocean literacy is defined as an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean.

COVID 19 Advisory

*Good News! The GAME Board has voted to move forward in our plans to hold this year's conference in a hybrid format. This means that the in-person option to join us for Saturday sessions and our 30-Year Anniversary Celebration will be held on Tybee Island as planned. When registering for the event, please note that the base-line registration cost is separate from the in-person activities. To join us in-person, you must check the box for an extra cost of $35 for joining us for Saturday's in-person activities if you would like to do so.

Wearing of face coverings and social distancing will be required during any in-person activities.  COVID 19 vaccination is strongly encouraged for those attending any in-person activity.*

An ocean-literate person understands:

o the essential principles and fundamental concepts;

o can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and

o is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.

This definition, the Essential Principles, and supporting Fundamental Concepts were developed through a community-wide consensus-building process. This effort built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials, and assessments.

For the 2021 Conference we have invited members of the National Marine Education Association’s (NMEA) Ocean Literacy Working Group to discuss the updates made to the principles and share the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K-12. To round out the conference, GAME members will be leading activities that support each of the seven Ocean Literacy Principles to help make the connection back to the classroom.


The conference will be offered in a hybrid format, delivery method for each session is noted.

Friday, November 12

7:00 pm – Welcome and conference overview - virtual

7:15 pm – Keynote Address – Ocean Literacy Working Group – virtual

Saturday, November 13

Location: The Guard House (31 Van Horn Street , Tybee Island, GA 3132)

Conference sessions will support both in person and virtual attendees. The Ocean Literacy Working Group will introduce each OL Principle virtually (available to all attendees), followed by a short-interactive demonstration (for in-person attendees only).  Support materials for the in-person activities, including worksheets, lesson plans and (where possible) videos will be made available on the GAME website following the conference. 

8:00 - Welcome and overview of the day

8:30 - 9:20 – Essential Principle #1  

9:30 - 10:20 - Essential Principle #2 

10:30 - 11:20 am - Essential Principle #3

11:30 - GAME Board meeting – 

12- 1 - Lunch Break

1:00 -1:50 PM - Essential Principle #5

2:00-2:50 PM - Essential Principle #6 

3:00 3:50 PM - Essential Principle #7 

4 PM - Wrap-up of Ocean Literacy Principles and share alignments to the GA state standards.

4:30 - Break

Saturday Night: Low Country Boil and anniversary celebration

Time: 6 pm

Location: Tybee Marine Science Center - in person

Don't forget your 30 Things for 30 Years of GAME card. Raffle and prizes will be provided.

Sunday, November 14

 Field Trip options to explore Tybee Island (optional, extra fee) - in person

REGISTRATION Early Bird ends October 15, 2021

FULL (early bird) Registration: $60 

Includes:  One year of GAME membership, 2021 GAME conference favor, Friday night virtual Science Cafe, all Saturday sessions, snacks, lunch, Low Country Boil dinner and 30th GAME Birthday celebration, and access to online Ocean Literacy-related lesson plans/activities

Virtual Registration: $25

Includes: One year of GAME membership, 2021 GAME conference favor, Friday night virtual Science Cafe, Saturday virtual sessions and access to online Ocean Literacy-related lesson plans/activities.

After the October 15st deadline cost is $70 per person for full in-person registration


Field trips are optional and available for an extra fee upon registration. Options include:

-Tybee Island Light House Tour ($8/each) - Sunday morning tour.

-Kayak trip to Little Tybee ($55/each) - Sunday afternoon paddle to explore the tidal creeks around Little Tybee Island. This excursion will be led by expert guides from Savannah Coastal Ecotours. Duration will be 2-3 hours.

-Fort Pulaski ($10/each) - Sunday morning trip to this National Monument to look at shorebirds, historic sites and generally explore.  Each person over 15 must have a pass to visit the monument.  Cost of the pass will be collected at registration and our board will purchase your pass online.  Alternatively, you can purchase a pass to visit here: Fort Pulaski National Monument Site Pass in Georgia -


There are several options for lodging on Tybee Island ranging from hotels and motels to  air b-n-b's.  Please see the conference webpage for a few recommendations.


The Guard House, 31 Van Horn Street , Tybee Island, GA 31328. 


GAME is pleased to offer reduced registration fee to ALL current members. Therefore no scholarships will be awarded for the 2021 conference.


Georgia Association of Marine Education (GAME) is pleased to offer the opportunity for two lucky GAME members to receive a mini grant of up to $250 for an education focused activity or project. Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2021 until September 15, 2021. Timeline for completion of project will be within a calendar year of the grant award.

Presentation of project progress will be required during the Annual Conference on November.12-14, 2021. You must be a member of GAME to apply, so to become a member, Join Us. Once you become a member, login to see the Mini-Grant Application.


Annual Awards will be presented during the conference.  For more information on how to nominate marine educators for these awards, visit our Awards page.


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