SeaFaire is a marketplace of ‘ideas’ where individuals, agencies, organizations and vendors can share educational programs, equipment, curricula, and other materials appropriate for marine and aquatic educators.

SeaFaire will be open on both Monday August 17 and Wednesday August 19 all day during the conference. All SeaFaire presenters are encouraged to be available for questions during the conference poster session and during lunch on Wednesday from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. We are asking that displays be set up Monday morning before lunch and taken down before the conference day ends on Thursday.

Space is limited! Please specify your table preference and A/V needs below and we will accommodate as many groups as possible on a first come, first served basis. You must bring your own A/V equipment, lighting, extension cords, etc. Please remember that NAME and CaNOE are not responsible for securing items of value.

    UPDATE—Given the ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19 around in-person gatherings and travel, we are sorry to inform you that the 2020 NAME-CaNOE Ocean Education Conference will not be held this August. We are planning on rescheduling the conference for next summer in 2021, and will send out more information on dates and location as soon as possible. In the meantime, our organizations are exploring alternative options to ensure that we remain connected, encouraged, and enlightened as we approach the Ocean Decade.

    Registration Options

    Full Conference Registration—includes all conference sessions and lunches from Sunday afternoon, August 16 through Thursday lunch, August 20, as well as the Awards Banquet and Auction on Wednesday night.

    Half Conference Registration—includes all conference sessions and lunches for two consecutive days, plus the option to join us on the field trips! Choose one of the following options:

    • Sun-Tue: Sunday afternoon, August 16 through Tuesday lunch, August 18
    • Tue-Thu: Tuesday evening, August 18 through Thursday lunch, August 20 including the Awards Banquet and Auction on Wednesday night

    Single-day Registration—includes all sessions and lunch only on the day registered. Available for Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

    Membership Renewal

    Registering as a member does not include NAME membership renewal. Please add your membership renewal during registration, if desired.

    Registration Fees

    We know that many of you need to budget for the upcoming conference, so we are providing the estimated registration fees for your convenience. Please note that in today’s uncertain financial climate, these fees are subject to change before registration opens.

    NAME members and US non-members should register through NAME’s registration system. CaNOE members and non-members wishing to pay in Canadian funds should register through CaNOE’s registration system. All fees listed in this table are in $USD.

    NAME Member Non-member*
    Conference Registration
    Full conference (incl. 4 lunches + banquet) $230 $260
    Half conference (incl. 2 lunches; Sun-Tue or Tue-Thu + banquet) $135 $165
    Single Day (incl. lunch only) $100 $130
    Event tickets for guests/family members
    NAME Awards Banquet and Auction (Wednesday, Aug 14) $40

    *Registering as a non-member includes a one-year membership to NAME with the option of adding a one-year membership to CaNOE.


    Conference registration does not include lodging, which can be purchased during registration and includes breakfasts and dinners. Lodging information can be found on our Lodging & Travel page.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • Cancellations submitted by August 5, 2020 will be refunded.
    • No refunds for cancellations after August 5, 2020.

    If you are interested in attending the conference but are hesitant for financial reasons, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. The annual NAME conference is organized with the purpose of bringing together a community of educators, researchers, students and citizen scientists who are passionate about marine and aquatic education; a limited number of scholarships and bursaries may be provided to those who would not attend simply because of the cost.

    If you are paying by check (payable to Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators) or purchase order, please send your payment to NAME-BC:

    PO Box 53583 RPO Broadmead
    Victoria, BC V8X 5K2

    Please contact the conference committee at with any questions.

    UPDATE—We are monitoring the rapidly evolving local and global COVID-19 situation and have decided to delay the opening of registration until April at the earliest. We will continue to post updates as the situation develops.

    Lodging Information

    We are pleased to offer lodging in the renovated dorms at beautiful Pearson College UWC. Lodging includes breakfasts and dinners during your stay, in addition to the lunches provided with conference registration. Mealtimes and evening events provide excellent opportunities for networking, sharing, and extending learning. We encourage locals to stay overnight in order to build on the relationships and conversations they will begin during the daytime sessions. All fees listed in this table are in $USD.

    • Choose one, two, or four people per room
    • Dorm building common areas include a gathering space and a kitchenette
    • Bathrooms are shared
    • Guest wifi is available across campus
    Quad Occupancy Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
    Full Conference $280 $310 $390
    Two Days (Sun-Tue or Tue-Thu) $140 $155 $195

    Travel Information

    You will find Pearson College along the wooded shores of the Pacific Ocean at sheltered Pedder Bay, on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, 29 km west of Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, Canada.

    For detailed directions on how to get to Pearson from the ferry, airport, or Victoria, please visit their website.

    We will be working on coordinating travel arrangements for the conference from central locations. If you are arriving into Victoria via the airport or ferry and need a ride or can offer a ride, please email your arrival and departure times to, so we can help with arranging transportation.

    Campus Map:

    Pearson College Campus Map

    Educating for Sustainable Seas: Diving into the Ocean Decade

    The Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and the Canadian Network for Ocean Education invite educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals from the Pacific Northwest and across Canada to present at the 2021 NAME/CaNOE summer conference. More information about conference dates and location will be shared as soon as possible. Presentations that align with the conference theme and goals are encouraged:

    • Learn and plan for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
    • Discover resources and information from organizations working toward sustainable ecosystems and discuss how they relate to ocean and aquatic education
    • Share activities, lessons, and resources that can help classroom teachers incorporate ocean literacy concepts into their curriculum
    • Explore and discuss current issues in marine and aquatic science

    Call for Presentations

    Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for this year’s conference. Due to the postponement of the conference to 2021, we will not be reviewing proposals submitted for 2020 and ask that you submit a new proposal for the 2021 conference next year. Please contact us at if you would like a copy of your 2020 submission.

    Presentation Formats

    Oral Presentations: (15-minute sessions)

    Standard classroom presentations, including 3 minutes for questions. Most presentation rooms will have WiFi, a computer, and a projector. Please bring presentations on a USB storage drive.

    Hands-On Workshops: (45-minute sessions)

    No PowerPoints allowed! Share your favorite hands-on marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or art projects with your colleagues. Past hands-on sessions have featured: squid dissections, octopus parachute fun, surface tension experiments, salmon life cycle games, art projects and more. Limited use of projected electronic imagery is OK. Outdoor spaces are available if your presentation requires time outside of the classroom; access to water or to the docks/shoreline can be arranged. Two 45-minute sessions can be combined to hold a 90-minute workshop.

    Lightning Round: (5-minute sessions)

    This presentation type is highly recommended as an add-on for poster presenters, but is also available on its own. Speed presentations are a great way to quickly share your research idea, project results, or education tips and build networking. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to fly through their presentation for a rapid-fire hour of curiosity and inspiration! A/V is available, however the presentation must be given to the session projectionist well ahead of time to facilitate quick turnover. Time for a few quick questions after each presentation will be given, but we encourage each presenter to be available during the networking and poster sessions, during which you can engage with your audience on a more one-on-one basis.


    The poster session is an engaging way to share education, research, or citizen science projects.  This session will provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn more about current projects and to talk directly with scientists and educators during an informal reception. If you are selected to present a poster, we will provide additional information regarding guidelines for poster size and format, set-up and take-down process, and how posters will be mounted and displayed. No A/V equipment will be available during this session.

    NAME Old-Timers AKA “MAME”—the “Masters & Mavens of Aquatic & Marine Education” will be gathering to share stories and photos of the good old times from past conferences and our work together.

    We will meet at the Day Use Beach Shelter adjacent to the Beach Campground at Ft. Worden for a BBQ at 5 pm on Monday August 12. Parking at the beach will require a WA Discover Pass. NAME will have a registration table set up in the lobby at the Commons at Ft. Worden and can provide instructions on arrival.

    Registration costs for past NAME members who are only attending the Masters & Mavens event on Monday:

    • BBQ cost—$15

    Additional options for Masters & Mavens:

    • Senior/Limited-Income Member Dues—$15/1-yr; $25/2-yr
    • If attending Monday-only sessions—$75


    Field Trips: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Please note, more field trips details will be added as they are finalized. You are welcome to complete your registration without adding any field trips; send an email to at any time to add or change a field trip on your registration, or to add a guest to a field trip.

    1. Elwha River Trip (Full day—offsite)
    The Elwha Ecosystem Restoration Project is a 21st-century project of the U.S. National Park Service to remove two dams on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, and restore the river to a natural state. It is the largest dam removal project in history and the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the National Park Service, after the Restoration of the Everglades. We’ll depart Port Townsend in the morning via shuttle and join experts along several points of interest along the Elwha River and learn more about this tremendous restoration project.   Please note: this an all day field trip.

    Cost: $40 per person

    2. Kayaking Port Townsend (2-3 hours, morning—onsite @ Fort Worden)
    Paddle along the beautiful shoreline of Fort Worden and learn about the natural history of the Salish Sea including seabirds, intertidal life and the marine mammals that call these waters home. No previous padding experience necessary. Please dress to get wet and be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

    Cost: $60 per person

    3. Low Tide Beach Walks (2-3 hours, morning—onsite @ Fort Worden) [low tide 9:27am (-0.81ft)]

    Explore the ebbs and flows of the marine coastal environment on a low tide walk led by Port Townsend Marine Science Center naturalists. Meet at the Marine Science Center located at the Fort, and explore tide pools and learn about how marine organisms are adapted for the challenges of living in the intertidal zone. Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes with good traction for moving around on wet slippery rocks are recommended.

    Cost: Free

    4. Western Flyer Tour (1-2 hours, afternoon—offsite, in Port Townsend)FULL
    The Western Flyer is a fishing boat, most known for its use by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts in their 1940 expedition to the Gulf of California. The Western Flyer Foundation was formed in its honor with the goal of educating youth about the intersection of science and literature. Join Chris Chase , the Project Director for the Foundation and a longtime shipwright, on a tour of that will share the history, restoration process and the exciting future of the Western Flyer.

    This is a mid-afternoon field trip so it could be paired with another morning field trip.

    This field trip has reached capacity and will no longer be available for new registrants

    5. Northwest Maritime Center Facility and Pilothouse Simulator Tour (1 hour, afternoon—offsite, in Port Townsend):

    Come learn about the maritime education programs going on at Northwest Maritime Center on the waterfront in downtown Port Townsend. See summer sailing programs and youth camps in action. Visit our boatshop where wooden boats are being built and repaired. Visit the pilothouse simulator that simulates a ship’s bridge used for Merchant Mariner’s training. Note: this field trip can be paired with the Western Flyer afternoon field trip

    Cost: $10

    6. Historic Longboat Expedition (3 hours, afternoon—offsite, in Port Townsend)

    Head out rowing and sailing aboard a historic 26 foot long wooden vessel patterned after Captain George Vancouver’s ship’s boats. These boats are used as modern exploration platforms for students aged 12 and older to learn how to work together as a crew and develop awareness of the local marine environment and navigation. Learn about the unique programs that NWMC offers in partnership with local and regional schools.

    Cost: $50 

    Dr. Deborah Giles

    Science & Research Director, Wild Orca

    Dr. Deborah Giles (she goes by her last name) received her PhD from the University of California Davis in 2014. Her master’s thesis and PhD dissertation both focused on the federally listed southern resident killer whales. Formerly the research director at the Center for Whale Research, she is currently a resident scientist and lecturer at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs, where she teaches Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea and Marine Biology. Since 2009 Giles has been the vessel captain for Dr. Samuel Wasser’s project – University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology – utilizing a scat detection dog to locate floating killer whale scat to monitor the physiological health of southern resident killer whales.

    Starting in 2010, Giles also began work with an ongoing collaborative project with Cascadia Research Collective and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service deploying acoustic suction-cup recording tags on killer whales to measure received noise levels by whales. Giles is the killer whale scientific adviser for the Orca Salmon Alliance, a program advisor for Killer Whale Tales, and is on the Steering Committee for the Salish Sea Ecosystem Advocates (SalishSEA).

    Jessica Plumb

    Director / Writer / Producer, Plumb Productions

    Jessica Plumb is an award-winning filmmaker and writer, known for exploring the relationship between people and place. She is the Producer, Co-Director and writer of Return of the River, a feature documentary about the restoration of the Elwha River, and the largest dam removal in history. Recognized with a dozen festival awards, including “Best Storytelling” by the International Wildlife Film Festival, the film was reviewed as “hell-raising documentary filmmaking at its best”. Her short environmental films and video installations, described as video poetry, have screened in galleries and theaters throughout the United States and internationally. Plumb directs a video production company that creates educational and promotional films for clients. Her freelance writing has been published in the Seattle Times op-ed pages, Mountaineers Magazine, and Boston Sunday Globe among others. Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, she worked in Boston and Beijing, and served as interim editor of the Yale China Review. Plumb holds a B.A. from Yale University and an interdisciplinary MFA from Goddard College.

    Betsy Peabody

    Director, Puget Sound Restoration Fund

    Betsy Peabody is executive director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF), a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to restore marine habitat, water quality and native species in Puget Sound.  She is also President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute, a research organization developing and disseminating scientific information to foster sustainable shellfish resources and a healthy marine environment. In 2012, Betsy served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, and continues to be actively involved in efforts to mitigate the effects of ocean acidification.  In 2013, she collaborated with NOAA to establish a conservation hatchery at NOAA’s Manchester Research Station dedicated to restoring native shellfish and other living marine resources.  Betsy has a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University – and a strong appreciation for the role that marine resources play in our human story.

    The more detailed conference schedule will be available soon. Below is the general schedule for the conference.

    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    11-Aug 12-Aug 13-Aug 14-Aug 15-Aug
    Morning Activity Board Meeting Keynote and Sessions I Field Trips Sessions III Keynote and All Hands General Meeting
    Afternoon Activity Registration/ Board Meeting Sessions II Field Trips Sessions IV Sessions V
    Evening Activity Welcome Reception @ Port Townsend Marine Science Center Early Evening Poster Session followed by BBQ at beach Explore PT for dinner on your own! Auction and Banquet at NW Maritime Center Closing Remarks and Departure


    Lodging is still available on a first come, first served basis! Lodging will be in the Fort Worden dormitories, which were built in 1904 and originally served as barracks for soldiers stationed at the Fort. Both single and double rooms are available with shard bathrooms down the hall. Lodging cost includes breakfast. Guest lodging can be purchased during registration. Please contact us if you have any questions about lodging or meals during the conference.

    Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
    Full Conference $400 $330
    Two Days (Sun-Tue or Tue-Thu) $200 $165

    Lodging Cancellation Policy:

    • Lodging cancellations submitted by May 3, 2019 will be refunded.
    • Lodging cancellations submitted May 3, 2019 through July 8, 2019 will be refunded 50%.
    • No refunds for cancellations after July 8, 2019.


    A limited number of camping spots at Fort Worden have been reserved for the conference. If you are interested in registering for a tent site, or a motor vehicle site, please contact Casey Ralston.

    Getting Around

    Download Fort Worden map here

    Getting from Ft Worden to Northwest Maritime Center

    Catch local shuttle bus #2 on Eisenhower Ave, across from Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum and Gift Shop. 

    Fees—Unlimited Rides All Day:

    •   Adult: $1.50
    •   Honored (>60 or disabled): $1.00
    •   Youth (7-18): $1.00
    •   Children (<7): Free
    Leave Ft Worden Arrive Haller Fountain Downtown Port Townsend
    9:11 am 9:19 am
    10:11 am 10:19 am
    11:11 am 11:19 am
    12:11 pm 12:19 pm
    1:11 pm 1:19 pm
    2:11 pm 2:19 pm
    3:11 pm 3:19 pm
    4:11 pm 4:19 pm
    5:11 pm 5:19 pm
    6:11 pm 6:19 pm

    Walk east from Heller Fountain down Washington St. Take a right on Monroe and then a left on Water St. The Northwest Maritime Center will be on your right.

    Getting from Northwest Maritime Center to Fort Worden

    It’s easier to walk than it is to take the shuttle bus.

    NAME Banquet Shuttle

    Catch the shuttle in the front parking lot of the Commons at Fort Worden.

    Leave Fort Worden for NWMC:

    5:15 pm

    5:45 pm

    6:10 pm

    Leave NWMC for Fort Worden:

    9:00 pm

    9:30 pm

    10:00 pm