1st Regional Blue Vision Summit Florida

The Marine Exploration Center hosts the 1st Regional Blue Vision Summit Florida on February 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The summit focuses on “Strengthening the Ocean Community” to engage citizens, activists, community organizers, politicians, scientists, business leaders, and the wider ocean community in critical discussions on ocean solutions, adaptation, and resilience. The summit features keynotes and panels with ocean leaders including local, state, and federal government officials, scientists, and other experts discussing strategies to protect our coasts and ocean.

The summit is coordinated by the Blue Frontier Campaign and March for the Ocean in partnership with Marine Exploration Center, Surfrider Foundation, and Surfrider Florida Chapter. The Blue Vision Summit is a regional event focused on developing plans and strategies for major threats facing the Sunshine State, our nation, and blue world.

As with Blue Frontier’s biennial Blue Vision Summits in Washington D.C., this one-day gathering is aimed at strengthening the ocean conservation community and its allies across Florida and helping develop plans and strategies for addressing major threats facing coastal and offshore Florida, our nation and blue world.

Who’s invited:  Elected officials, Coast Guard and other Maritime Agencies, leading marine conservation activists and scientists, ocean dependent businesses and academic and student innovators from USF and other schools.

Space is limited to 115 people so please RSVP as soon as possible.  A voluntary donation of $20 will be accepted at the registration desk to help defray costs of non-plastic food and drink services and the evening’s entertainment. 

Registration will begin at 8 AM.  The conference will take place from 8:45 AM to 5:15 PM to be followed by a 6:30 – 9:30 PM Ocean Soiree (location TBA).  

For more information on registration click here: Register today! 


6th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance

The MEC is assisting the League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) to host events for the 6th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA), March 16 -18, 2018 (https://www.seea-leef2018.com/).  The goal of the 2018 LEEF-SEEA conference is to provide tools and strategies for educators to further their success. Attendees will gather as a community whose intentions are similar and complementary to share successes, challenges, and a collective direction.  The conference is ideal for classroom teachers, nature center, refuge, and park employees, environmental agency personnel, post-secondary students and faculty, and others interested in Florida's environment.