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2014 NAME Conference:  "Connecting Communities through Water"

Meet and connect with educators passionate about meaningful aquatic learning.  The 39th annual NAME Conference held in Bandon, Oregon will host over 30 informative conference workshops and numerous innovative speakers as well as exciting field experiences.

The Annual NAME conference only happens in Oregon once every four years so join us!  For more information please visit the 2014 Conference page.


Oregon Coast Education Program: Summer 2014 Workshop Schedule

Coast Based Experiences

Classroom Educators 3rd - 8th grade
Charleston, Oregon - June 25th – 27th, 2014 - CANCELLED
Newport, Oregon - June 30th – July 2nd, 2014

Science Educators 6th – 12th grade
Charleston, Oregon - August 13th – 15th, 2014

Come to the coast this summer to learn about how the Oregon Coast Education Program (OCEP) can support you and your students with the best practices in coastal and marine education!  Educators will take part in an in-depth experience to explore the practice of science in a persity of coastal habitats in Newport and Charleston. Topics include coastal ecology and habitats, impacts and solutions including climate connections, working with data sets and making connections to your schools.  Please choose from one of three workshops at your convenience.  They include 3 nights of lodging, meals, and materials. *Current NAME members receive a discount on registration. Professional development units and continuing education credits will be available through Portland State University (cost not covered by OCEP).

Following the workshop, OCEP coordinators will continue to support you during implementation of your coastal education plan (CEP) during the school year and provide field experience funding.  Teachers who opt to implement a CEP are required to complete an evaluation and will receive a stipend a the conclusion of the school year.  During the 2014-15 school year, OCEP coordinators will meet with participants in their regions for small group work sessions to integrate teaching partners who were unable to attend a summer workshop.

*Registration fee:  $90 per person or $75 for Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators members

Contact Jenna Kulluson for more information
jenna.kulluson@state.or.us | (541) 888-5558 ext. 32

Learn more about the Oregon Coast Education Program here.
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Free entrance to the Seattle Aquarium for you and your family

April 26th & 27th

If you are a current NAME member and you would like to take your family to the Seattle Aquarium on April 26th or 27th please RSVP to membership@pacname.org. You will receive an entrance confirmation RSVP letter for you and your family to bring with you to enter the aquarium for free.
If you are not a current member – sign up now and enjoy a free weekend at the Seattle Aquarium for you and your family!

April 26th Teacher Workshop—Why Do We Explore?

If you are a teacher looking for clock hours and a new learning experience please join us on April 26th for our Teacher Workshop—Why Do We Explore?
This workshop is for Educators of grades 5-12, 7 clock hours are available and a $50 stipend will be provided. For more information visit http://www.seattleaquarium.org/teacher-resources

Combine the free NAME family weekend at the aquarium with this teacher workshop and make a weekend of it.
We hope you can join us at the Seattle Aquarium on April 26th & 27th


Join NAME educators for a fun weekend of Razor Clamming!

Join Marine Education Specialist and Aberdeen resident, Alan Rammer as well as many other NAME members on a fun weekend of Razor clamming.  Never been before? No problem, Alan will show us the ropes of how it is done – just don’t forget your boots ;-) 

When: May 16th – 18th , 2014
Where: Canterbury Inn in Ocean Shores, WA
What to bring (Here are some general things you will need for the weekend)rain gear, razor clamming license, buckets, clam shovels and/or clam tubes. 

Details: If you are interested in join us for this fun weekend, we have already reserved some rooms at the Canterbury Inn in Ocean Shores. Please call them and let them know you are with the NAME group and then pay for a room for the weekend.  Also e-mail Alan Rammer at tidepools51@msn.com to let him know you are coming. Alan will be in touch with the group about meals, what to bring and any other details we need to know. 

Here are room prices:

Studio: 109.00 to 136 + tax (fits two people)
1 bedroom: 136.00 to 171.00 + tax (can fit 4 people)
2 bedroom: 176.00 to 234.00 + tax (can fit 6 people)
View rooms are most expensive. 

Canterbury Inn number: 1-800-562-6678

We hope you can join us!


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.

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/education/Activities/sbss_module.htm

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: http://www.seattleaquarium.org/night-beach-walk

Gig Harbor: Harbor Wildwatch: http://www.harborwildwatch.org/programs/pier-into-the-night/

Tacoma: Foss Waterway and Seaport: http://www.fosswaterwayseaport.org/education-programs/family-activities

Happenings around the Greater Victoria Area

Please see the CRD website for more information or other events (https://www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/crd-regional-parks/events).

Saturday, May 3 | 1–2:30pm
Between a Rock and Hard Place (Guided Walk)–8 years+
Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) At Tower Point, between a rock and a hard place is one of the few places left for creatures to hide when the tide leaves them behind. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to peek under rocks and search in the waves. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Enter at the Tower Point parking lot off Olympic View Drive.
BC Transit #54 or #55

Saturday, May 31 | 12:30–2pm
Sensational Seaweeds (Guided Walk)–All ages
Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich) A CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist will help you discover how important marine algae is for you and me and the creatures that call them home! Seaweed-tasting optional. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off  Homathko Road.

Sunday, June 15 | 10:30am–12pm
What Have You Seine Today? (Guided Walk)–All ages
Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Join CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists to use a seine net and see what creatures live in the deeper reaches of the ocean. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main beach.
Witty Beach Rd access closed.
Access from main park entrance off Metchosin Rd. Trail is 1.2km moderate hike, approx. 20 minutes.
BC Transit #54 or #55

Thursday, June 19 | 6–9pm or Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22  | 8–11am
Early Evening Canoe Adventure or Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle)–5 years+
Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary.
Pre–register by June 18: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). Phone 250.478.3344.
BC Transit #70 or #72