FMSEA 2019 Conference Program (PDF)
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Conference registration includes:
  • One admission to FMSEA19 Kick Off event on Friday evening, May 3;
  • Full access to all concurrent sessions and exhibit hall on Saturday, May 4; 
  • Lunch on Saturday, May 4
  • One admission to FMSEA19 Annual Banquet on Saturday, May 4; 
  • Priceless opportunities to network, and see friends and colleagues from around Florida!

Registration Rates


  Conference Registration
(includes Annual FMSEA Membership)
 Conference Registration for Current Lifetime Members
Conference Registration & Lifetime FMSEA Membership 
Early Bird*: $165  $125 $265 
Advance*: $190  $150  $290
On-site*: $240  $200 $340 

*Early Bird Registration available until April 5, 2019.

*Advance Registration open until April 26, 2019.

*On-site Registration opens Thursday May 2, 2019 at The Plantation on Crystal River.


FMSEA19 Conference Hotel
The Plantation on Crystal River
1-800-632-6262

General Hotel Information: https://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com/

FMSEA19 Conference Location
Crystal River High School
PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR GPS TO GO TO CRHS!  YOU'LL END UP AT THE WRONG ENTRANCE! USE THE MAP BELOW WHICH GIVES YOU DIRECTIONS FROM THE CONFERENCE HOTEL TO CRHS!

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All proceeds benefit the FMSEA Teacher Trust Fund.

Check out the FMSEA19 Field Trips!

Friday, May 3


FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCE INFORMATION

  • Manatee Snorkeling Experience - It’s the only place in the world where you can swim with Florida Manatees in their natural habitat on a guided tour.  Enjoy the beautiful springs of Kings Bay and the headwaters of the Crystal River. 7am - 10am. Participants will meet at the Plantation Adventure Center, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429 (a short walk from your conference hotel room). Experience includes tour, mask, snorkel, and wetsuit.  Lunch is not provided, but good waterfront restaurants are nearby.


  • Rainbow River Drift Dive - Explore one of Florida’s most pristine rivers and the 4th largest springs system in Florida. 12:00pm - 5:00pm. Participants will meet at the Plantation Adventure Center, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, Fl 34429. Get fitted for gear at the Plantation Adventure Center, then follow their staff for approximately 25 minutes to the Rainbow River at KP Hole County Park, 9435 SW 190th Avenue Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432. Round trip transportation is on you own, but carpooling is strongly encouraged. The staff will launch the boat while you check in the KP Hole County Park to get your wristband which allows you to be on the river.  No disposable bottles or disposable containers are allowed on the river. Bring a non-disposable, refillable water bottle and appropriate gear for diving and swimming. Rental SCUBA gear is available at Plantation Adventure Center visit their website at https://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com/marina-and-dive-shop.htm or call (352) 795-5797. Lunch is not provided.


  • Seagrass Meadows/Hardbottom Communities Snorkeling & Sea Turtle Research Experience - Marine Science Station & Inwater Research Group Explore local coastal rivers, estuaries, and the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico aboard Marine Science Station boats. Led by experienced local guides/teachers/biologists, you will explore seagrass meadows, sponge beds, and hardbottom communities in the clear, shallow waters of nearshore Citrus County, FL. Learn more about the Citrus County School District’s Marine Science Station at https://mss.citrusschools.org/. During this experience, you’ll also work with InWater Research Group marine biologists on a sea turtle sampling mission and get up close and personal with the sea turtles of coastal Citrus County. Learn more about IRG research at https://www.inwater.org/portfolio-items/big-bend/ 8:30am-3:30pm. Participants will meet at the Marine Science Station, 12646 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429.  Transportation is on your own, but carpooling is strongly encouraged. Bring appropriate clothing and gear for boating, snorkeling, and field sampling.  A refillable water bottle and sunscreen is a must. Lunch can either be purchased via Conference Registration or bring your own.  


  • Seahorse Key Marine Lab & University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station Experience  - Embark on a guided boat ride to the Seahorse Key Marine Lab to participate in seining or trawling, fish dissections, marine food web activities, and sea-level rise and habitat scavenger hunts. Visit the Seahorse Key Lighthouse and the tour the Nature Coast Biological Station (full day in Cedar Key, approximately 1 hour drive from Crystal River). 9:00am - 3:00pm. Participants will meet at the City Boat Dock (outside boat ramp next to Cedar Key Boat Rentals & Island Tours) located on A & Dock Streets, Cedar Key, FL. Round trip transportation is on your own, but carpooling is strongly encouraged.  It takes approximately 1 hour to travel from the Plantation on Crystal River to Cedar Key.  Lunch can either be purchased via Conference Registration or bring your own. Dress appropriately for field work aboard a boat in potentially hot, muggy, wet, and buggy conditions. Bring sunscreen, bug spray (for when you’re on Seahorse Key), and a refillable water bottle. Learn more about SKML and NCBS at https://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/seahorse-key-marine-laboratory/


  • Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park - Behind the Scenes Guided Tour & Self-Paced Tour.  Discover the wild-side of Florida with endangered Florida panther, red wolves, manatees and whooping cranes, plus black bears, bobcats, alligators, and a spring filled with freshwater and marine species of fish viewed through an underwater observatory. For FMSEA19 guests only, a guided behind-the-scenes tour will allow you access to areas of this historic state park that are off-limits to regular guests. 9am - 1pm. Participants will meet for the guided tour outside the West Entrance of the Wildlife Park at 9350 W Fishbowl Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448.  Transportation is on your own, but carpooling is strongly encouraged.  The guided tour will last approximately 1.5 hours starting at 9am. Afterwards, you can enjoy the rest of the time exploring the park on your own. Lunch is on your own.  There is a food concessionaire in the park and good waterfront restaurants are nearby. Learn more about the park at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ellie-schiller-homosassa-springs-wildlife-state-park


  • Archaeo-Eco Kayaking Experience. Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Public Archaeology Network representatives are excited to host a guided kayak tour exploring the waters of the Crystal River.  On our adventure, we will explore the scenic waters and hidden gems while discussing the cultures and natural communities of this area. 8:30am - 12:00pm. Participants will meet for the kayak tour at the Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 North Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428. Transportation is on your own, but carpooling is strongly encouraged.  Participants should be able to swim and must obey all direction provided by the coordinator. Participants must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion. Participants should expect to be exposed to various outdoors conditions, including wind, high heat, humidity, direct sunlight and insects for a period of up to 3 hours. Participants should be able to enter & exit kayak, & re-enter should they capsize. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, a refillable water bottle, and appropriate clothing and footwear for kayaking. Lunch is not provided, but good waterfront restaurants are nearby.  Learn more about the Crystal River Preserve State Park at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/crystal-river-preserve-state-park Learn more about the Florida Public Archaeology Network at http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/crc/



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