TALLER ECOLÓGICO DE PUERTO RICO
Since 2017, Taller Ecológico de Puerto Rico has been providing participants with a rich and diverse learning environment in nature. Project based learning, STEM and hands-on experience have always been at our core.
It was founded by Áurea E. Rodríguez-Santiago with a PhD in Biological Oceanography, responding to the need of sound environmental education in Puerto Rico and all over the globe.
EXPERIENCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGES AND GROUPS, Year-round!
If you haven't visited Puerto Rico, we invite you to visit our Island to learn and enjoy our natural resources.
Creating Conscience for the Future
At Taller Ecológico de Puerto Rico, we know what it takes to enhance environmental education. Our unique approach to learning and top quality faculty makes Taller Ecológico de Puerto Rico a life experience.
JBNERR TOTE WORKSHOP
The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR) and "Taller Ecológico de PR" invite our teachers to obtain their Jobos Bay Certification.
The workshops will be offered in person at the JBNERR National Reserve in Salinas the weekend of January 27 and 28, 2023
Taller Ecológico de Puerto Rico is pleased to announce its participation in the OCEANOS project as a co-investigator.
OCEANOS will give high school students and first generation college students the opportunity to be part of an internship in summer 2023.
Our focus is that the participants learn to have a scientific vision, of conservation of natural resources, and that in turn they go through fun experiences in natural environments.
Workshops with a STEM, STEAM focus
And project-based learning.
Estimated between $20 – $40 per person
Costs vary depending on the type of workshop, materials, number of participants, and location.
Courses and workshops are coordinated according
to the interests or needs.
(Count for Green Contact hours)
ECOLOGICAL SUMMER OF PUERTO RICO
Ecological Summer is aimed at young people from 10 to 17 years old who want to know more about Marine Sciences, Oceanography, Coastal Erosion, Climate Change, Sargassum, Sahara Dust, Pollution, Water Quality, Micro-plastics, Recycling, Conservation; among other topics carried out in nature.
Stay tuned for more information. Ecological Summer 2023
MARINE SCIENCE COURSES
Marine Science course for young people and the general public. - It can be coordinated for particular groups, institutions, schools.
Contact us to coordinate a personalized plan.
Citizens need to know and learn the importance of beaches and how to conserve them. This activity will allow groups to measure the width of a beach to learn how a beach can be monitored to determine if erosion or accretion is occurring. This knowledge will help understand the effects of human activities and climate change. It will help participants change attitudes and make responsible decisions regarding the coast.
This activity will allow groups to assess microplastic pollution on a beach, to understand and learn how to deal with plastic pollution. It will equip them with the necessary skills to understand and further spread the message of this issue. Garbage reduction strategies will be worked on.
A practical and unique photography workshop where they learn basic photography skills with a focus on nature.
Participants will learn about the importance and relationship of mangroves, coral reefs, and sea grasses.
WATER QUALITY MONITORING
This activity will allow participants to understand the factors that are considered indicators of water quality. And how it can affect ecosystems and human beings. They will analyze the water quality of one of our beaches.
FORMATION OF WATER MASSES AND MARINE CURRENTS, DENSITY CONCEPT
Participants learn about the density of water, and how salt and temperature can change the density of water. The effects that changes in density and salinity can have on marine organisms are discussed. We demonstrate how masses and some ocean currents are formed by changes in salinity and temperature.
Here we present the projects where Taller Ecológico de Puerto Rico participates
as co-investigators and/or collaborators.
JOBOS BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE (JBNERR)
The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR) belongs to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), which is dedicated to promoting research and education through experiences of direct contact with our estuaries. The Reserve Education program requires workshops to be given to teachers as part of the “Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)” program.
The workshops are offered to teachers and educators as training and professional development tools where they are introduced to the NOAA/NERRS “Estuaries 101” curriculum and JBNERR
OCEANOS' mission is to provide oceanography and STEM opportunities to the Hispanic/Latino community. Our program targets 4th-year seniors and first-generation college students in Puerto Rico interested in participating in a paid summer research experience.
Applications start in 2023
DR. ÁUREA E. RODRÍGUEZ SANTIAGO
Founder/Director of Taller Ecológico de Puerto Rico
Áurea E. Rodríguez Santiago went to public schools and got her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (the State University), in Industrial Microbiology and Marine Sciences (MSMS and Ph.D.). During her graduate studies, and after, she has conducted work in the field of science education at different levels. Her beginnings in K-12 education occurred when she obtained a scholarship from the "National Science Foundation-Graduate Fellows in K-12 Education” (NSF-GFK-12) in which, she acquired skills in teacher’s education, focusing on science content. This project was followed by the NSF’s – Alliance for the Teaching of Science and Mathematics (ALACIMA, Spanish acronym), with the goal of enforcing teachers to bring constructivist science activities to their classrooms, with “hands-on" and project-based learning ("Project-based learning") approaches; she was part of ALACIMA’s team for 3 years. Afterward, she continued to work on teacher’s science education with various NSF projects, as well as for publishing houses and independent projects. At the university level, for the past 14 years, she has taught and has been a researcher at the University of PR in Río Piedras and Mayagüez, as well as at Hampton University, Virginia, and at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the latter is part of the University of Georgia, Athens. In 2017 she founded Taller Ecologico de Puerto Rico, an organization dedicated to Marine and Environmental Sciences Education, and Citizen Science. She also does private consulting on educational and scientific projects for agencies such as NOAA and Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER). Currently, she has a special appointment as a researcher at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.
ROSNEL ALLENDE MERCADO
During her undergraduate studies she obtained an associate degree in accounting. She then continued her studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus where she obtained her bachelor's degree in K-6 Education. After completing her studies, she worked for several years with Rocket Learning where she offered tutoring in public schools in the country. A few years ago she joined Taller Ecológico de Puerto Rico offering administrative services and assistance during the workshops.
DR. ERNESTO OTERO
LUIS R. RODRÍGUEZ
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