Outreach

Fall 2017 Outreach/Community Service Opportunities at RTC

Get involved! Help RTC highlight the importance of marine environments to the public by sharing scientific expertise through education and outreach activities. We reach a local audience ranging from children to adults, students to teachers, in both formal and informal settings. 

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities other than what is listed here to help develop or polish your communication skills or need to satisfly RTC/RIPTIDES scholarship requirements contact Erin Blackwood, RTC Outreach Coordinator. Any of these opportunities, unless otherwise noted, can fulfill required outreach/community service hours for the SF Bay Scholarship. Community service must be to the public (i.e. Coastal Cleanup Day, etc.), not internal (i.e. Gene Lab). Please go to www.rtc.sfsu.edu/grad_studies/grad_support for more info.

Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday, September 16, 9am-12pm, various locations. Community service opportunity, wear an RTC/SFSU shirt to represent! Go to https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/cleanup/#/map to find a location.

Sharktoberfest

Saturday, September 30, 10am-4pm, Crissy Field. Staff an educational/ informational table, ideally featuring YOUR research on sharks or shark habitat, at this free family shark-focused event hosted by the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. https://farallones.noaa.gov/

Bay Day

Saturday, October 7. “Earth Day for the Bay” We will likely work with the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on drop-in science activities for families at China Camp State Park. Details TBD. http://www.bayday.org/

Bay Shore Studies Docent Training

Thursdays 9:30-12:30, starts October 12. Train to teach Bay Shore Studies low tide beach explorations for 3rd-5th graders at Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary in 2018, or offer your expertise in ecology, plankton, algae or invertebrates at select sessions.

Bay Area Science Festival

Thursday, October 26-November 11. Annual series of events sponsored by UCSF. Stay tuned for possible opportunities. www.bayareascience.org

Rosenberg Institute Fall Public Forum

Wednesday, November 1, 5-8pm, featuring Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of California Academy of Sciences, at the Bay Conference Center. Semiannual forum featuring thought leaders presenting research or topics of current interest. Help with check-in, ushering guests, serving on the Q&A panel, or other tasks tbd.

Writing/Photo Projects and Social Media Updates

Ongoing as needed. Write engaging, scientifically accurate content for the Bayside newsletter, our website (a blog is coming soon!), and social media platforms. If you have skills and interest in these areas, contact Erin with samples of your past work. Go to www.rtc.sfsu.edu to connect with all of our social media channels.

Other

Additional outreach opportunities such as RTC tours, talks for local organizations or schools, career fairs, teacher workshops or school programs, etc also come up on a regular basis, and will be posted in RTC weekly emails. All outreach activities should be coordinated through the Outreach Coordinator to obtain any needed resources, track hours and # of contacts to measure our reach in the community.

 

Contact Erin Blackwood, Education and Outreach Coordinator for RTC, Building 39, Room 211, ext 83757 erin70@sfsu.edu