Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association

is an organization of people whose common goal is to improve education about all aspects of marine and aquatic environments. Members come from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and beyond. We represent many institutions, organizations and programs. MAMEA is a regional chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).

2017 Annual Conference
The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association will gather in Ocean City, MD on November 3-5, 2017. Activities, sessions, meals and lodging will take place at the Princess Royale Hotel. In your free time, enjoy walking the beach at the ocean front hotel and the action-packed Ocean City nightlife. Optional field trips will be offered on November 5th.

If you would like to help with the planning fo this event, please contact Lauren Albright, MAMEA President Elect, at lalbright@aqua.org. We hope we will see you in Ocean City next fall!

MD & DC 2016 Mini-Conference
Join us for the MD & DC Regional Mini-Conference on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The conference will be held at Piscataway at Fort Washington Marina in Fort Washington, MD. The program begins with an intro to the site and kayaking by naturalist/owner/MAMEA member, Judy Lathrop of Atlantic Kayak Company. Then Judy will take us out on the water for approximately three hours. We will spend the day kayaking through small creeks, islands, wild rice, water lilies, and see TONS of beautiful wildlife! We will also have the chance to seine and each participant will bring their own lunch to eat on the gorgeous Piscataway! Previous kayaking experience is NOT necessary. All skill levels are welcome! More info.

2017-18 MAMEA Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected 2016-17 MAMEA officers:

President-Elect: Carrie Carlin (Atlee High School, VA)

Secretary: Carol Hopper Brill (Virginia Institute of Marine Science)

NC Representative: Andy Gould (NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher)

MD State Representative: Evan Beatty (Deer Park Middle Magent School, MD)

At-Large Representatives: Ruth Gourley (Malpass Corner Elementary School) & Rachel Riesbeck Clark (Virginia Aquarium)

2016 MAMEA Award Recipients

Congratulations to Kathy Richardson (VA) and Kathy Fuller (MD), our 2016 MAMEA Educator Award recipients! Find out more about them and past awardees on our Award Winners page.


MAMEA's Tami Lunsford becomes NMEA 2016-7 President
Tami Lunsford, Delaware classroom teacher, former MAMEA President, MAMEA Rep to NMEA, and DE Rep, became president of the National Marine Educators Association at the 2016 annual conference in Orlando.

MAMEA's Lisa Lawrence receives NMEA 2016 James Centorino Award
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) honored Lisa Lawrence of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, Virginia, with its 2016 James Centorino Award for distinguished performance in marine education by professionals who are not classroom teachers. The presentation took place on June 30, 2016, before a crowd of over 300 educators at the Association’s annual conference. Read more.

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