2022 Agenda



9:00am-3:00 pm
Sue’s Pride

NAME Summer Board Meeting

All members welcome to attend; please confirm with oregon@pacname.org

4:00 pm -5:30 pm
Sue’s Pride

Check in/Conference Registration

6:00 pm -8:00 pm
JAndy Oyster Company


Passenger vans will leave from Fire House beginning at 5:30pm. Participants may also drive themselves. 6760 S Prairie Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141. Heavy hors d’oeuvres served.


9:00-10:00 am
Netarts Fire Hall

Plenary—Dr. Burke Hales, Professor CEOAS
Oregon State University

The Carbon Cycle in the Coastal Ocean: Local Responses to a Complicated Global Problem.

The oceans have taken up nearly 200 billion tons of carbon in the form of CO2 released to the atmosphere by human combustion of fossil fuels and cement production. Although this has reduced the rate of accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere, it has serious consequences to the chemistry of ocean water. This is impacting important members of the ocean ecosystem, including shellfish, corals, and key species of plankton. Ocean carbonate chemistry is complicated, and can be challenging to convey to stakeholders and students, but can be distilled into its essential elements in ways that allow local mitigative actions to be taken. However, CO2 emissions are relatively rapidly dispersed globally, and broader responses to the CO2 problem require actions to address the fundamental emissions.

Burke Hales is a professor in Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry (OEB) at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University, and the Chief Scientist for PacWave. Burke grew up in Eastern Washington and attended the University of Washington for a BS in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Oceanography. After a postdoctoral appointment at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, he joined the faculty at OSU in 1998. Burke is a seagoing oceanographer who builds the instrumentation and analytical tools he uses to infer ocean processes that control the carbon cycle. He has spent nearly two years at sea on over 15 different vessels and over 25 ports of call in all the major ocean basins of the global ocean. Burke joined the PacWave team as Chief Scientist in 2017, and is focused on bringing the grid-connected test facility into full operation.

Netarts Community Club

Gayle Thieman, Associate Professor
College of Education, Portland State University

Our Wet Footprint: Teaching About Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

Our world population of nearly 8 billion and growing has affected our marine ecosystems in many ways from overfishing and pollution to acidification and climate change. In this interactive workshop, discover activities to explore global population trends and human interactions with our blue planet during modern history, and the future challenges for sustainable marine stewardship. Presented activities provide an interdisciplinary scope to the issues of human ecology, population growth and marine conservation, and sustainability education in general. Receive lesson plans and background materials matched to NGSS and relevant state and provincial content standards.

Education, STEAM NGSS aligned, Freshwater, Marine. 60 min program

Netarts Fire Hall

Anita Wray, Graduate Student
Nicole Naar Aquaculture Specialist

Coastal Flooding in My Neighborhood: Engaging High Schoolers with Local Data

Join us in unveiling a set of lesson plans focusing on high water levels in coastal communities. Our 3-day lesson plan, aimed at high schoolers, introduces students to sea level rise, storm surge, and king tides and challenges them to interpret and apply sea level rise projections for their own community. Using tools from Washington Sea Grant’s King Tides program, students will select and analyze localized data, model potential impacts, and propose actions to prevent or minimize those impacts. Session participants will receive an overview of this new curriculum and have an opportunity to pilot and provide feedback on lessons to help fine-tune them before distribution. Participants in the session should bring their laptop so that they practice with some of the online tools the speakers are presenting about through the curriculum demo.

Cape Lookout State Park, Covered Shelter

AN OFFERING TO OUR HEALING OCEAN: A Huehca Omeyocan Celebration
by Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS

Celebrate art, culture, and the environment during this wonderful event at Cape Lookout State Park

Huehca Omeyocan, a group dedicated to promoting cultural practices of the Pre-Hispanic (Aztec) Mesoamerican peoples primarily through dance and music, will perform a traditional Aztec dance in honor of our oceans and beaches.

Be inspired by the Huehca Omeyocan:

“Huehca Omeyocan goal [is] to reclaim our true identity (native identity) and history, by learning the history of our ancestors which is ultimately our own history. When we create sounds and movements we do so with passion because it is in these moments that we have a connection with nature, our ancestors, and our community. We believe our grandparents’ spirits are encoded in all the instruments we use to create music and they guide us on our journey of self-discovery. Sacred energy is within all of us and it’s our responsibility to share it with our community in a respectful and inclusive manner. When we create sounds and movements – we represent that history and we do it with passion.”

Join Huehca Omeyocan, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, Oregon State Parks, OSU Extension, the Juntos Afuera Program, and Portland Audubon for an inspiring day with opportunities to explore, learn, celebrate and act for the ocean.

10 AM to 2 PM – Huehca Omeyocan – An Offering to our Healing Ocean: The main event of the day is a celebration honoring our healing ocean led by Huehca Omeyocan. Bring a blanket or camp chair, some snacks, and drinks, and enjoy a day on the beach. Please keep the health of the ocean in mind and keep track of trash, use reusable water bottles and utensils, and dispose of food waste appropriately.

9 AM to 2 PM – Educational Activity Stations and Events: During the celebration, enjoy a number of additional events and activity stations fun for all ages and led by Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, OSU Tillamook County Extension, Juntos Afuera Program, Oregon State Parks, and Portland Audubon. Stations may include:

  • Nesting shore birds and maintaining healthy habitats
  • Friendship Bracelet Making
  • Make your own natural and biodegradable flower offering
  • Marine debris art

9 AM: Join Oregon State Park Rangers and Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS staff for a fun, family-friendly hike on the beach and around Cape Lookout State Park and the Netarts Spit. This relatively easy, 2 mile walk will discuss this important natural area, changes happening along our coast, and how we can be good stewards. Walk the wrack line, hunt for interesting beach finds, and discover the wonders of this unique habitat. Please register to save your spot on this fun adventure:

11 AM & 1 PM – Beach Cleanup: Grab a bag from the cleanup station and head out to remove debris from the beach at Cape Lookout State Park. Return debris to the art station to be reused and transformed.

We understand everyone learns and experiences the outdoors differently and we are open to working with anyone that needs additional support. We have limited capacity. Please contact us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your needs and/or find a way for you or your group to have fun participating in our events.

Additional Logistics:

  • Registration is encouraged but not required to join in on this amazing day
  • There is a $5 fee to park at Cape Lookout State Park
  • Please be prepared for dynamic coastal weather conditions. Expect anything from sun to wind and rain.

The van will pick up and drop off at the parking lot every 30 minutes, traveling back to Netarts.

Education, NGSS aligned, Marine. 90 min program

12:00-1:00pm—LUNCH at the Cape Lookout Interpretive Center

2:00-3:00 pm
Cape Lookout Interpretive Center

Jesse Jones, CoastWatch Volunteer Program Coordinator
Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition/CoastWatch

CoastWatch: A Gateway to Community Science on the Oregon Coast

CoastWatch is a mile-by-mile shoreline adoption program along the entire Oregon coast. Mile adopters are individuals, schools, groups and even a National Historic Park, among others. CoastWatch began in the 1993, as a quarterly commitment where volunteers submit observations on their mile, but as the Oregon coast changed in both human and wildlife environments, our program evolved with these changes. Today, CoastWatch connects our volunteers to scientists and researchers to collect data on their adopted mile. Community and citizen science projects are available year-round to those who want to help collect data on the Oregon coast. From hybrid beach grass mapping, to marine debris surveys to sea star observations and tidal photo captures, CoastWatch connects everyone – including schools – to data collection to help understand and even help our coast. In this presentation, participants will learn about the various Citizen and Community Science projects and opportunities for training.

STEAM Field-based, Marine, Arts. 60 min program

Netarts Community Club

Rick Reynolds, M.S.Ed., Engaging Every Student
Janice Elvidge, M.S., The River Mile Network

New! Free Water + Climate Action Video Game + Hands-On Resources

“The Astounding Adventures of Marco the Water Molecule” video game and supporting resources are being developed with partners to engage all ages in learning about water, including oceans and the water cycle, extreme weather, and ways to take action to reduce risks from climate change. The game is being designed for grades K–8, especially grades 3-6, and all ages will also have the opportunity to develop new chapters/versions of the game. Join us to help shape the program and change the world!

Through play and inquiry-based experiments, students will develop deeper understanding of phenomena impacting our climate, how they can be modeled, and ways to take action to reverse current trends. Research supports the efficacy of games, phenomena-based learning, and hands-on learning.

Significant research has shown the benefits of playing video games for student learning and well-being. Other studies have shown strong links between participation in a climate simulation and behavior change and climate change education and dramatic emissions reductions. Game features such as haptic feedback, closed captioning, and optional narration will allow the game to be accessible and impactful for nearly all learners.


8:00-9:00 am

Chapter meetings

Alaska: Sue’s Pride
British Columbia: Sue’s Pride
Washington: Netarts Community Center
Oregon: Fire Hall

9:10-10:00 am
Cape Lookout Interpretive Center

Jen Krajcik, Hatchery Manager
Oregon Hatchery Research Center (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

The Oregon Hatchery Research Center—Facility, Research Projects and Educational Offerings

This presentation will cover the facility layout and amenities at the OHRC, as well as dive into some of the different research topics that have been/are currently being conducted. Additionally, the outreach and education aspect of the hatchery will be emphasized through a description of the various programs offered there.

Education, STEAM Field-based, Freshwater. 60 min program

10:10-11:00 am
Netarts Community Club

Deane McKenna, Department Chair, Tillamook Bay Community College
Nat Macias, Juntos Coordinator, Oregon State University
Perla Gutierrez, Student Intern, Oregon State University

Juntos Afuera                                               

Juntos Afuera offers outdoor programming throughout Tillamook County centered on Latinx identity, time to engage with Latinx natural resource professionals while learning about their careers, and information on local educational opportunities at the community college and university.   Students will connect their Latinx identity with the outdoors through various activities including kayaking, birding, hiking, gardening, culturally relevant art activities (e.g., Nazca lines, molas, papel picado, etc.), and zip lining. Curriculum has been adapted from Somos LatinX and Mapping Migraciones. The theme for this year is “conectando dos mundos.” Students will learn STEAM related topics through two lenses: Latin American traditional knowledge and western knowledge.

Education, Culture, STEAM Field-based, Arts. 60 min program


Netarts Community Center

Paul Engelmeyer
Ten Mile Creek Portland Audubon Society

Land-sea Conservation Issues and Strategies

I will discuss land and sea issues and conservation strategies – Uplands and ocean conservation – from the ESA listed Murrelet habitat to the Clean Water Act/303d listed streams to salmon restoration efforts in the MidCoast basins – from Cascade Head to Heceta Head. I will also be sharing the latest about Oregon’s 5 Marine Reserves and MPAs.

60-min Education, STEAM Freshwater, Field-based, Marine

Cape Lookout Covered Picnic Shelter

Jesse Jones, CoastWatch Volunteer Program Coordinator
Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition/CoastWatch

Marine Debris Site Survey Demonstration

The Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project (MDMAP) is a NOAA citizen science initiative that engages NOAA partners and volunteers across the nation to survey and record the amount and types of marine debris on shorelines. Participants in the MDMAP network select nearby shoreline monitoring sites that they return to routinely to conduct surveys and record information that can be used to compare amounts, locations, movement, sources, and impacts across the United States and internationally. CoastWatch, the volunteer program of Oregon Shores, works along the Oregon coast to set up 100 meter sites with interested volunteers. Jesse Jones, CoastWatch Volunteer Program Coordinator, will demonstrate how to set up a site, and then how to collect data for this monthly survey. Location TBA

STEAM Field-based. 60 min program

Cape Lookout Interpretive Center

Susan Wood, Education Coordinator
Chandler Colahan, Estuary Educator
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Tracking Carbon through Living Systems: using real data to teach climate change and ocean acidification

We’ll start with a quick experiment using marine plants to provide student-generated data that we can connect to living systems and ocean acidification. Then we’ll introduce online local, regional, and global data that help middle and high school students understand climate change and increase data literacy.

 90-min Education, STEAM  Field-based, Marine

Schooner Restaurant

Annual NAME Banquet, Awards, and Auction

Vans will be leaving from Netarts Fire Hall beginning at 5:30pm.  Vans will begin departing from the restaurant following the auction.   Participants may drive themselves. 2065 NW Boat Basin Rd, Netarts, OR 97143


9:00-10:00 am
Netarts Fire Hall

Plenary—Dr. Bob Dziak, Research Oceanographer, NOAA/ PMEL
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon

Looking for a Tsunami in the Forest

On January 26 in the year 1700, a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Oregon coast. The earthquake caused the coast line to drop several feet and generated a tsunami that flowed landward, inundating much of the coastal areas while depositing a thick layer of sand and mud along the bays and estuaries of the central Oregon coast. The havoc the earthquake and tsunami brought to the coast caused severe damage to coastal forests in Washington State, but evidence of the impact on coastal Oregon trees has been more challenging to find. In this talk, I will present some of the first evidence of tree ring growth changes caused by the 1700 tsunami from an old-growth Douglas fir stand located at the Mike Miller State Park in South Beach Oregon. I will also show a tsunami inundation model of this area based on the latest computer simulation techniques and source information of the 1700 earthquake.

Bob Dziak is a Research Oceanographer for NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, and manages an Ocean Acoustics Program that’s focused on a wide variety of research topics, including marine seismic and volcanic hazards, offshore wave and wind energy, Antarctic ice shelf stability and baleen whale vocalizations. Before his NOAA appointment, Bob worked for Oregon State University for 26 years, receiving his Ph.D. in Marine Geophysics from OSU in 1997, ultimately achieving the rank of Professor, Senior Research within the OSU-NOAA cooperative institute at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Bob lives in Seal Rock with his family, where they enjoy long beach walks combined with agate and fossil hunting, as well as hikes in the coast range and central Cascade mountains.

10:10-11:00 am
Cape Lookout Covered Shelter

Travis Korbe, Park Ranger Supervisor
Cape Lookout State Park

The Changing Face of Cape Lookout

Join Oregon State Park Staff on a walk through the coastal erosion story of Cape Lookout State Park. This short walk will compare current realities on the ground with pictures highlighting the changes that have taken place over the last 100 years. We will be traveling on and off the beach, so appropriate shoes will be needed.

Education Field-based

10:10-11:30 am
Cape Lookout Interpretive Center

Rob Coats
Teacher out to Pasture

Plaster Scrimshaw Medallion

First a brief introduction to scrimshaw, its history, its relevance to marine education. Then create, transfer and etch your own design onto a lacquered plaster medallion, filling lines with soot (lampblack) to resemble true scrimshaw. Wear on string as pendant, fail to bathe, and you are a whaler! Great class activity for sailors from intermediate grades to burial at sea.

Education, Culture Marine, Arts We all need love.


Beyond Form and Function: Marine Animal Sentience and Cognition

Annette Dehalt, Biology Instructor
Camosun College

Most marine biology texts and lectures in secondary and post-secondary education give the familiar information on phylogeny and form and function of the various taxa. A lot of recent research on the non-physical abilities of individual (marine) animals has not found its way into our classrooms. This includes faculties like individual recognition, self-awareness, complex behaviors (e.g. inter-species collaboration, spatial awareness, memory, etc.), and can be found in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Relating these animal capacities to students is important not only in captivating their interest, but also in generating greater respect for marine species and individuals.

Education, STEAM. program (Poster)

Oregon Marine Scientist and Educator Alliance

Tracy Crews, Marine Education Manager
Oregon Sea Grant/Oregon State University

In 2019, Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub partnered to create the Oregon Marine Scientist and Educator Alliance (ORSEA) which brings together middle and high school math and science teachers with researchers to co-create marine-themed integrated lessons designed to increase ocean and data literacy. Come learn about the curriculum that has been developed and future opportunities to participate in this program.


Tidepool Ambassador Internship

Illana Brown, Tidepool Ambassador Intern
Friends of Otter Rock Marine Reserve, Oregon

2022 is the first year for the Tidepool Ambassador program at Otter Rock Marine Reserve.  The goal for this program is to give high school students the opportunity to gain confidence with their people skills while learning more about our amazing marine reserves and tidepools.

Whiskey Creek

Rick Reynolds, Founder, Engaging Every Student
Janice Elvidge, Founder, The River Mile network
Debra Berg, The River Mile
Pauline Schafer, The Reach Museum

Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems STEAM Educators Workshop

A passenger van will take participants from the Cape Lookout Campground office to Whiskey Creek by 1:20pm for this 10 minute trip.

Learn how to engage students in fascinating crayfish and water quality investigations while meeting standards and integrating the arts. Learn ways to participate with The River Mile network’s Crayfish Study and how different tools can be used to collect, analyze, and share data and student observations. Learn how you can get free equipment, transportation, subs, and more!  If time allows, we will visit a freshwater site for field investigations. Either way, we will have hands-on fun!  Key Learning Objectives:

  • Educators learn ways to integrate environmental education with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards
  • Educators learn how to participate in the The River Mile network’s Crayfish Study and successfully participate in an important citizen science project
  • Educators exchange ideas for best practices to enhance student engagement and learning, including ways to integrate outdoor learning experiences and the arts

Education, STEAM NGSS aligned, Freshwater, Field-based, Arts. 120 min program

Happy Camp Beach

BBQ-on the Beach

We will be BBQ grass fed burger, natural and organic hot dogs, and anything else requested! Beverages: soda, iced tea, and Rogue beer



Netarts Bay and Whiskey Creek Salmon Hatchery

Jesse Kane, Community Education & Engagement Coordinator
Tillamook Estuary Partnership

Clamming Netarts Estuary—Permit Required

Join Jesse Kane, Community Education & Engagement Coordinator for the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, in an early morning Clamming Adventure!

We will meet for a journey onto the clam beds on the beautiful shore of Netarts Bay at 5:30am on Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022. Our group will target Bay Clams including Butter Clams, Gapers, Cockles and Littlenecks. During our journey we will be discussing the unique ecosystem and biodiversity present on the tidal flats in addition to the special management practices found in the bay.

Each participant will be provided with their own shovel and clam bag and must acquire their own shellfish license before the event. Log onto myodfw.com to purchase your permit.  The cost for an annual permit for residents is $10 and Non-residents can get a 3-day permit for $19. Youth license 12-17 yrs is $10 resident or non-resident.

Following our clam dig, we will be driving a half mile down the road to the Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery to process our catch and to break down the clams. There will also be a short cooking demonstration so that you may better understand how each part of the clam can be utilized. Facilities and a comfortable covered setting will be present at the hatchery.

**The walk to the clam beds can be physically challenging as can the digging practice so all participants should be physically fit and properly equipped to brave the elements.**

Estimated timelines:

5:30am- 7:30am on the Bay
7:30- 9:00am Whiskey Creek fish Hatchery

Happy Camp Beach

CoastWatch Orientation at Happy Camp Beach

Jesse Jones, CoastWatch Volunteer Program Coordinator
Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition/CoastWatch

Take time to enjoy your last morning on the Oregon coast.  CoastWatch Volunteer Program Coordinator Jesse Jones will lead an informational CoastWatch walk along CoastWatch Mile 280, north of Happy Camp, and south of Oceanside in Tillamook County. The walk will begin at 7:30 am and go for just over an hour. Jesse will share what CoastWatch volunteers observe while walking their mile, and which citizen and community science projects are available in the area. Bring comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Education  120-minute oral presentation hands-on and/or field based