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The Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) invites you to present at our 44th Annual Conference, “Voyaging Through Changing Waters.”  This year’s conference will be held August 11-15, 2019 at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington.

NAME was founded in 1976 and became a chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in 1980 dedicated to supporting water literacy in the Pacific Northwest.  Originally, NAME focused mainly on marine ecology, education and environmental issues. Then, in the early 1990s, NAME expanded its mission and membership to include all aquatic environments – saltwater, freshwater and everything in between.  As the name suggests, NAME spans the entire bioregion of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America comprising four chapters: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. As such, NAME pushes for education, research and advocacy beyond political boundaries and is one of only two international NMEA chapters with Canadian representation.

2019 Conference Strands:

Connecting cultures and communities

Do your programs reflect the diverse communities of your area? Do you address social justice and equity issues in aquatic and marine science programming? How do you make sure your curriculum is culturally sensitive and relevant to the students you serve?  Share your tips, techniques and lessons learned for successfully connecting all learners with the aquatic world.

Innovative Teaching, Research and Restoration

Do you have a cool or new science lesson, restoration project, citizen science program, or community art project to share? Are you incorporating the latest breaking research into your teaching or bringing specialists into your classroom? We are looking for teachers, informal educators, researchers or marine science loving citizens who want to share an innovative new idea or project they have been working on.

Place-Based Learning

Do you teach using your local community and landscape? How do you incorporate “calls to action” and solutions in discussions about human impacts on aquatic and marine ecosystems?  Share your knowledge and tips about programming in your local setting and how you make the connection to our one big ocean.

We encourage any and all topics to be presented that represent one or more of these strands.


There are three presentation formats: Oral Presentation, Hands-on Workshop or Poster presentation.   We encourage you to collaborate with other educators on presentations to present multiple perspectives and/or offer panel discussions on similar programming. If you would like to be grouped with educators presenting on similar topics, select “15 minutes” for your presentation time and NAME will connect you with two other presenters.

Most presentation rooms will have WiFi, a computer and a projector. Please bring presentations on a memory stick, USB Flash drive, or disk.   The conference building is surrounded by a patio and grassy outdoor spaces if your presentation requires time outside of the classroom.

Oral Presentations: (15 or 45 minute sessions)
Monday 8/12/19, Tuesday 8/13/19 & Wednesday 8/14/19
Standard classroom presentations.

Hands-On Workshops: (45 minute sessions)
Monday 8/12/19, Tuesday 8/13/19 & Wednesday 8/14/19
No PowerPoints allowed! Share your favorite hands-on marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or art projects with your colleagues. If you need access to water in your presentation room, please indicate below.  Past hands on sessions have featured: squid dissections, octopus parachute fun, surface tension experiments, salmon life cycle games, art projects and more.

Poster:
Monday evening 8/12/19
The poster session is an engaging way to share education, research, or citizen science projects.  This evening session will provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn more about current projects and to talk directly with scientists and educators during an informal evening reception.  If you are selected to present a poster, we will provide additional information regarding set-up and take-down process, approximate size of the posters, and how posters will be mounted and displayed. No A/V equipment will be available during this session.

Please submit proposals by March 1, 2019.

Proposals can be submitted via this online form.

Questions? Contact Amy Sprenger at president@pacname.org or 206-280-9850 or Casey Ralston at caseyral3@gmail.com or 206-817-6834