2021 Workshop FAQ’s

2021 Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop FAQ’s

What can I expect from a hybrid workshop?

Once you have registered for the Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop, you are entitled to attend the event in person or virtually, at your own discretion. We aim to offer the greatest possible flexibility, so attendees may register now and decide later which option they prefer. We will contact registrants to get a final headcount for the in-person Workshop and field trips by October 1.

For the virtual option, we will send registrants credentials to join a zoom broadcast of the proceedings, which may include remote speakers if necessary. We will include questions and discussion from the remote audience in the live event to the greatest extent possible. Posters and sponsor information will be available online as well.

What are the Covid-19 safety guidelines?

Restore America’s Estuaries and our partner organizations have made the decision based on the best available information to require all in person attendees of the 2021 Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop in Cape May, NJ to be at least 14-days removed from their final Covid-19 vaccine dose. All guests attending the in-person workshop will need to provide confirmation of Covid-19 vaccination as part of registration.  

Who is eligible for Classroom Scholarships and how can I apply? 

While the application period for individual scholarships has closed, RAE is pleased to offer Classroom Edition scholarships to professors teaching nature-based solutions as part of their course curricula. Recipients will be able to incorporate the virtual component of the Workshop into their lesson plans however they deem fit. All students within the class would be registered for the full two-day online event. Please contact Nicole Lekus for an application. Submissions are due by September 17, 2021.

Can you tell me more about the field trips? 

We will offer two options for in-person field trips. Additionally, a virtual field trip with Q&A will be available for remote participants.

For attendees in Cape May, field trip options are:

Field Trip 1: Cape May County Beach and Reef Restorations, Delaware Bay. Visit various American Littoral Society restoration sites and hear from the restoration team. First Stop: Reeds Beach where sand was added to the beach after Superstorm Sandy and the first of 8 intertidal oyster reefs was constructed to keep sand on the beach for horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. Stop 2: Cooks Beach: This is one of the Society’s latest restorations and included berm creation, 3 double-rowed intertidal reefs, and the placement of sand. Stop 3: Pierces Point – See created berms and plantings completed by two Society staff during the pandemic to keep horseshoe crabs from being washed into the adjacent marsh. This strategy was employed at several other beaches in Delaware Bay.

Field Trip 2: Visit the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center at Rutgers University (AIC). An extremely flexible facility designed to meet the research, technology, demonstration and extension needs of the aquaculture community. The AIC supports production of disease resistant seed oysters, a critical component in efforts to revitalize the oyster industry in Delaware Bay and other east coast bays and estuaries. After visiting the AIC, we will visit a back bay restoration nearby (TBD) and one of New Jersey’s most prominent maritime forests.

Virtual Field Trip: TBD

Are there carpooling or ridesharing options available?

We have set up a site for people to arrange carpools. If you are looking for a ride or could offer space in your vehicle, please check it out here.

What are the guidelines for poster submissions? 

Participants should submit a digital version of the poster for virtual attendees and a printed version to display at the event. For the in-person meeting, the session will be from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on October 19 and we ask that you be available in the exhibition hall during that time. The Workshop registration desk opens at 8 am on October 19 and the poster display boards will be available at that time to hang your posters. We encourage presenters to leave the posters up for display throughout the meeting, from 9 am on the 19th until 5pm on the 20th. Interested presenters must submit an abstract by email to TTWPosters@estuaries.org by September 17. 

Printed poster: The boards will be 4’ high by 6’ wide.

Digital poster: We recommend submitting a PDF file in order to retain your formatting. Posters will be available to registered attendees only behind a password protected website. With questions, please email Rob Shane, Communications Manager for RAE. 

We will continue to add to this page as relevant information and updates become available.