Rocky Shores Workshop for Teachers

Are you eager to bring authentic, local science and phenomena to your classroom?

Do you love the water and wonder how to share that love with your students, while meeting standards?

Is your school near the San Francisco Bay?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, we hope you will apply!
Kids on the rocky shore doing an educational activity

We are excited to announce a workshop that will engage local educators with active scientific research. Teachers will collect, analyze, and interpret data from San Francisco Bay, and make connections with Next Generation Science Standards and existing lessons. Scientists will present and answer questions about on-going research into rocky shoreline habitats in the San Francisco Bay and how to improve coastal resilience to climate change.


Bella Mayorga, Education Coordinator, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Dr. Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, San Francisco State University

Dr. Larry Horvath, San Francisco State University

The workshop will include presentations and Q&A with scientists including Dr. Karina Nielsen the director of the San Francisco State Estuary & Ocean Science Center and Dr. Chela Zabin with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.


Upper Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers


Webinars (attend all four): 9 AM-12 PM on June 24 (virtual), July 15 (virtual), August 5 (virtual), September 18 (in-person/TBA)
Summer Field Research (choose ONE): 6/26, 6/27, 6/28, 6/29, 7/11, 7/12, OR 7/13 (in-person)


Bay Beach Habitats, Remote, SF State Estuary and Ocean Science Center


$600 stipend provided for attending all five half-days in the series


Spaces are limited and applications will be reviewed as they arrive through June 21. Preference will be given to teams of teachers from the same school and teachers serving high-need students in Marin County. To apply fill out a quick, easy online application form.


Direct questions to Bella Mayorga, Education Coordinator, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, ‘’.


This workshop is a collaboration with San Francisco State University's Estuary & Ocean Science Center and Graduate College of Education, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and NOAA’s San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).

This workshop is funded by grants from NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Marin Community Foundation, and the California State Coastal Conservancy.