Florida Museum of Natural History

Sawfish Outreach and Education

Sawfish Images


Currently there is no support funding for this workshop. All future workshops are currently postponed until funding becomes available. Please check back regularly.

Sawfish Images Intended Audience: Environmental Educators, Aquarium Educators, and Secondary School Educators

Location: Florida Museum of Natural History (Powell Hall) on the campus of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Dates and Times: Monday - May 16, 2011, 8:30am-5:00pm

Purpose: To educate educators in Florida and surrounding states about endangered sawfish including biology, behavior, research, and conservation.

Description of Activity: This is an educator workshop where participants will receive information and materials that will enable them to conduct "Sawfish In Peril" programs in formal and informal education facilities.

The one-day workshop will consist of multimedia presentations given by elasmobranch research scientists on subjects ranging from sawfish diversity to biology and behavior to conservation efforts. There will also be a stingray (a close taxonomic relative of the sawfish) dissection activity. In addition, workshop participants will each receive a teaching kit consisting of an educators guide, teaching activities, and power point presentations. Hands-on learning opportunities will be provided through a "Sawfish Awareness" hands-on component of the teaching kit that will include a replica sawfish model, shark vertebrae and skin, as well as stingray spines. A companion web page within the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) Ichthyology education web site will be available online to accompany these "Sawfish In Peril" materials. Educators will be able to develop educational programs in their local school districts and environmental education facilities with their newly acquired knowledge and teaching tools from the "Sawfish In Peril" educator workshop.

"Sawfish In Peril" is a workshop developed by the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History with funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service.

**Please note, while there is no charge for the workshop, participants will need to be responsible for travel, hotel, and food expenses.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please contact Monica Clerio at mclerio@flmnh.ufl.edu to register. Be sure to register early as space is limited!