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

Oregon Coast Education Program Workshops

The Oregon Coast Education Program (OCEP) is offering two multi-day workshops in Newport and Charleston, Oregon this summer. These workshops are for teachers from around Oregon who are interested in teaching more about the ocean, and who want to incorporate more watershed and coastal field experiences into their teaching.

Come to the coast this summer to learn about how the Oregon Coast Education Program (OCEP) can support you and your students with best practices in coastal and marine education! Educators will take part in an in-depth experience to explore the practice of science in a diversity of coastal habitats in Newport and Charleston. Topics include coastal ecology and habitats, impacts and solutions, climate change, working with data sets and making connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. Each workshop includes materials, meals, and 3 nights of dorm-style lodging.

Following the workshop, OCEP coordinators will be available to support you as you implement your Coastal Education Plan during the school year. Teachers who implement a CEP in Fall 2016 and complete an evaluation will receive a $150 stipend in January 2017.

July 11 – 14, 2016
Classroom Educators
Grades 3-8
Newport, Oregon

*Registration fee: $90 per person or $75 for NAME members

*Current NAME members receive a discount on registration. Professional development units and graduate credits will be available through Portland State University (at your expense).

For more information contact Cait Goodwin,

Following the workshop, OCEP coordinators will be available to support you as you implement your coastal education plan during the school year. Teachers who implement a CEP are required to complete an evaluation and will receive a stipend at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year.

For more information about OCEP, visit the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) website:

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

NAME Razor Clamming Weekend • April 22-24, 2016

Washington NAME is hosting a fun weekend of Razor Clamming for members, their family and friends. You don't have to be a WA member to join, all NAME members are invited. This year the NAME Razor Clamming weekend will be April 22-24th, and everyone has decided to book rooms at the Hi-Tide Ocean Beach Resort in Moclips, WA. Right now there are 1 and 2 bedrooms available $139/$205 @ Hi-Tide so book your rooms soon.

If you have not been in past years here is a general layout of the weekend:

  • Families arrive Friday Night
  • Friday evening—enjoy a talk about razor clams by Alan Rammer and casual potluck dinner for anyone who is around
  • Saturday—Clamming and fun at the beach during the day (time and location based on lowtide and open beaches)
  • Saturday Night—Large potluck with everyone cooking up a dish made with their clams to share
  • Sunday—More clamming if you want or help with the International Beach Clean Up event, free time and head home.

The Museum of the North Beach is not far from where we will be; if people are interested in going, Alan can organize a trip one of the days as well. It is important to get your clamming licenses before getting to the beach because they often run out.

Check Flashmail for more details as we get closer to the weekend or call Alan Rammer if you have questions (360) 532-9614
Alan also has other recommendations of places to stay if the Hi - Tide is full or you would like to stay somewhere else.

Book your rooms now and hope to see you there!

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 Director, Sile Kafrissen, 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