News and Events

For more information on events in Oregon or if you have an event to share, please contact our Oregon Director, Jenna Kulluson, at

Coastal Learning Symposium October 9th - Newport, OR

2015 Coastal Learning Symposium: Making the ocean and forest a natural place for student learning

Oregon is a special state. We are known for being a little different and immensely proud of our epic views and opportunities for exploration from the Wallowas to the Oregon Coast. We believe that pre-K-12 education should empower students to mature into Oregonians that can discover and treasure  the places that provide us countless recreation opportunities, drive our state's economy and shape our heritage.

The 5th annual Coastal Learning Symposium invites pre-K-12 educators, informal educators, higher education and others to come together to share and refine their skills for using the ocean, forest and community as a context for learning across grades and subjects. The Oregon Coast Aquarium partners with the Oregon Coast STEM Hub and Oregon Forest Resources Institute to offer a unique learning experience each year.  

The goals of the Coastal Learning Symposium:

  • Empower educators to use their community and local natural resources to engage students in learning.
  • Share best practices in STEM and interdisciplinary instruction pre-K-12.
  • Introduce student learning opportunities and methods for natural resource STEM education.
  • Create a community of educators who can support each other as they implement new materials in the classroom.

Join us in October to prepare the next generation of Oregonians to experience and protect our state's resources and legacy.

 A full Symposium Program is available on-line at

Register now!

Teaching with Purpose Conference October 9th & 10th - Portland, OR

Teaching with purpose educates, engages, empowers and informs educators about the importance of culturally responsive pedagogy and practices.  TWP builds knowledge, recharges, and advances equity policies.  With nationally acclaimed education experts we discuss, share, celebrate and increase knowledge that ignites passion in culturally responsive practices.
The conference has three goals: 
  1. Activate equity-focused policy in education;
  2. Support and inspire leadership for a culturally responsive pedagogical and institutional practices;
  3. Develop a network of educators committed to culturally responsive pedagogies and leadership practices. 
Who should attend:Superintendents, principles, school board members, deans, professors, educational department heads, administrative/educational support staff, teachers, parents, curriculum specialists, students, and community members who are concerned about education. 
Learn more about the Teaching with Purpose Conference and register here:

Oregon Coast STEM Hub

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub promotes integrated science, technology, engineering and math education and serves coastal teachers, students and communities.  It is one of six Regional STEM Hubs funded in 2014-2015 by the Oregon Department of Education.  The Oregon Coast STEM Hub is centered at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and serves the entire Oregon coast region with partners.

This coast based STEM Hub is working to provide professional development for teachers and partners in effective practices focusing on STEM integration and Project Based Learning.  K-14 student experiences in the classroom and field are supported by providing connections to STEM professionals, equipment and resources to carry out STEM related activities and making opportunities to showcase student created designs and STEM projects.  This is all accomplished by created a network of resources, programs and professionals to support STEM learning for students that is housed on the Oregon Coast STEM Hub website which serves as a clearinghouse for connecting these community resources with schools.  

NAME is already an official partner of the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, but we are looking to expand the network of available resources!  Learn how your organization can share STEM resources, events, and more to help foster student STEM experiences: 

For more information on events in Washington or if you have an event to share, please contact our Washington co-Directors, Amy Sprenger and Maille Sullivan, at

Program Assistant - ORCA (part time)

The Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College is seeking a part-time program assistant. ORCA is a magnet, dual enrollment program where local area high school students earn two years of college credit (tuition free) while conducting authentic research focused on the Snohomish River estuary. By blending the core academic requirements, graduates have used their math to analyze data, written extensively and presented their findings to the public.

Science Behind Sustainable Seafood curriculum from NOAA AK Fisheries Science Center

The NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) has developed a high school curriculum titled "science behind sustainable seafood."

The curriculum has six lessons that illustrate the importance of responsibly managing a natural resource and how scientific information is necessary to manage responsibly. All lessons are aligned to National standards and Ocean Literacy Principles. Each lesson has supporting powerpoint files, images, data and/or extra reading materials. The lessons are designed to inspire your own lessons, can be used individually or together to form a multi-week seafood science experience.

Lesson 1 - Fishing for the future
Learn why responsible resource management is important to ensuring sustainable seafood.
Lesson 2 - How many fish are there?
Learn how difficult it is to estimate fish populations and the complexities of counting fish in the ocean.
Lesson 3 - Age Matters!
Learn about the aspects of fish biology that are important to sustainable harvesting, like the age of a fish or how old they are when they first reproduce.
Lesson 4 - Survival in a dangerous environment!
Learn why understanding what happens throughout a fish's life history is important to understanding the size of a population.
Lesson 5 - Solving the ecosystem puzzle.
Learn how ecosystem interactions are linked to the health of a fish population.
Lesson 6 - Responsible management
Learn how an integrated process helps keep U.S. seafood sustainable. This is a role playing activity where students conduct a mock Fishery Management Council meeting to determine the annual limit for a fish species.

These lessons use species from Alaska, but they can be easily modified using species from all regions of the U.S. to reflect the differences in scientific strategies and/or management strategies based on their respective species life histories.

Feedback is always welcome!

Around Puget Sound: Evenings with Invertebrates—Low-Tide and Dockside programs

Local groups are hosting evening programs this winter spying on those marine invertebrates we all love, here are a few we found:

Seattle: Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists:

Gig Harbor: Harbor Wildwatch:

Tacoma: Foss Waterway and Seaport:

For more information on events in BC or if you have an event to share, please contact our BC co-Directors, Sarah Board and Claire Vial, at

A fantastic teacher workshop is happening in early September that will be focusing on building awareness about the recent changes to the BC Science Curriculum and the opportunities it presents for hands-on, multi-disciplinary learning! There will be guest speakers, hands-on activities and lots of resources for teachers of any grade and public educators.

What: Delivering the new BC Science Curriculum in our own Backyard - Professional Development Workshop

Where: Royal BC Museum and the Gorge Waterway Nature House, which is located on traditional Lekwungen territory.

When: September 4th, 2015 from 9am-6pmCost: $50 plus tax, which includes lunch and dinner! 

Registration can be completed through our website:

We have also made a Facebook event for the workshop, which you should check out!

We are very excited to be offering this workshop for teachers and we look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


For more information on events in Alaska or if you have an event to share, please contact our Alaska Director, Marilyn Sigman, at