NAME 2016 Conference

2016 logoOne World—United by Water
August 14 – 18, 2016 • Metchosin, BC

Educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and British Columbia are invited to meet, learn, share, and socialize. This year’s conference will be held August 14 – 18, at Pearson College in Metchosin, BC (near Victoria).

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Conference Themes

 1. Ocean Literacy

The ocean defines our planet and affects all natural processes on the earth.  Being ocean literate means understanding how the ocean influences us and how we, in turn, influence the ocean. The seven principals of ocean literacy encompass many disciplines and help guide us to increase ocean literacy in our communities.  What tools do you use to help increase your students’ ocean literacy? Do you address any of the seven principles of ocean literacy in your classroom or community?

2. Connecting to Place: Environmental Education and Indigenous Sciences

In British Columbia and around the world, educators are working to emphasize the importance of incorporating Indigenous knowledge into the science curriculum.  This approach also values the importance of connection to place and to each other.   Do all cultures have their own science?  What tools have you used to incorporate Indigenous science and other cultural concepts into your curricula?  How can this place-based approach to environmental education translate into global stewardship?

3. Watersheds: communities without borders

 Everything is connected.  Even land-locked regions are ultimately connected to the ocean, and far-removed human activities such as farming and urban development influence ocean health through the freshwater systems that connect them. How do you incorporate themes around human activities that influence the health of watersheds into your curriculum? What tools have you used to help increase the resilience of your local waterways?  How have your students taken action to protect your local waterway?  What tools do you use to raise awareness about these issues in your school and community? 

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) is a dynamic organization of professionals dedicated to sharing the world of water and using the allure of marine and freshwater places to excite audiences about learning.