Sea Grant Focus Area: Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development
- An environmentally literate public supported and informed by a continuum of lifelong formal and informal engagement opportunities.
- Partnerships that support programs and training opportunities for educators involved in formal (K–12) and informal (museums, aquaria, nature centers, etc.) education.
- Development of products/programs that take advantage of current and emerging technologies that can be used by formal and informal educators.
- Developing a future workforce reflecting the culture of Sea Grant with individuals skilled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and active stewardship programs.
Delaware Sea Grant works to educate future environmental professionals and leaders, enhance marine literacy across all population groups, and provide science-based technical assistance to marine resource users, constituents, and stakeholders. The program helps educate the nation's future marine scientists by providing selected graduate students the opportunity to develop their research and analytical skills while assisting scientists with Sea Grant projects. Delaware Sea Grant also has a strong record of placing our graduate students in the competitive Knauss Fellowship Program, sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program, which provides students with a yearlong opportunity to work for the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. We also are committed to educating the public about marine research, issues, and phenomena. This outreach mission is shared by our Marine Advisory Service and Environmental Public Education Office staff. Using methods and media ranging from workshops to web sites, these two groups transfer to the public a wide variety of information gained through Sea Grant research. For additional information, please also see our latest annual report.