The Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) is a “family” of educators passionate about oceans and watersheds.
About Northwest Aquatic & Marine Educators
NAME was founded in 1976 and became a chapter of the National Marine Educators Association in 1980. In the early 1990s NAME expanded its mission and membership, recognizing that marine and aquatic ecosystems, environments, and issues are linked together, and that educators working in both environments share common beliefs and strategies. NAME includes members from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. Annual NAME conferences rotate through these states and province. In addition, each state or province offers local professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal educators throughout the year.
NAME is a “family” of educators who believe:
- Every human on earth should be water-literate
- Using the allure of water enriches and facilitates learning
- Sharing our knowledge and experience with others creates a community of informed stewards
NAME has an innovative and energetic Board of Directors guided by dedicated members from Alaska, British Colombia, Washington and Oregon to fulfill our mission and goals.
A world where communities respect, experience and share the wonders of healthy freshwater and ocean ecosystems, and work for their sustainability.
- Serve as a nexus of marine and aquatic education in the Pacific Northwest.
- Foster an organizational culture that represents and respects the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, including but not limited to Indigenous and other BIPOC communities.
- Grow membership that engages and respects all members and holds their interest in a meaningful way.