Limited scholarship awards are available to NAME members and students in need of financial assistance to attend the 2021 virtual conference. More information and the 2021 application will be available soon.

Criteria: Scholarship awards are based on financial need and applicability of conference content to career/future career of the applicant. Applicants must not be a voting member of the NAME Board of Directors, or a Contributing Member (organization, institution or corporation membership), and must not have been awarded a scholarship for the last three NAME Annual Conferences.

Selection and Award: All applications for NAME scholarships are confidential and will be seen only by the NAME Scholarship Committee, made up of NAME board members and past scholarship recipients.

Conference Registration: Scholarship applicants can register for the conference at any time and defer payment until scholarship decisions are made. If a scholarship award is not granted and an applicant decides not to attend the conference, he or she may withdraw their registration.

Application: To apply, please complete and submit the scholarship application for the 2021 conference. Please contact Fawn Custer (envtgsldrfawn@aol.com) for more information.

 

The annual NAME auction is one of the highlights of the conference…a chance to have fun, bid on unique aquatic-themed items donated by NAME members and local businesses, and raise money for our mini-grant and scholarship fund! All of the funds raised at our annual silent and live auction go to support educators with scholarships and mini-grants to help them share the wonders of the world of water.

This year, our auction will be virtual! While we are still working out the details, we are excited to debut this new way to raise funds that will help expand our audience and provide resources for our members.

Due to the online format of the auction this year, we will be focusing our efforts on collecting donations that can be emailed or easily mailed, like gift cards or certificates. If you or an organization you know would like to contribute to this cause, please contact us at bc2021@pacname.org.


Auction Donation Form

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 virtual this year. We plan to offer a virtual space for you to connect with conference attendees, share your programs, and provide online resources. More information will be available soon.

Our planning committee is currently working to finalize our virtual platform and we expect to have registration information and options available soon. Thank you for your patience!


Registration Options

Full Conference Registration—includes all virtual conference sessions from August 17-21, 2021.

Single-day Registration—includes all virtual sessions on August 17, 18, 19, or 20.

Field Trip Registration—includes individual local field experiences on August 21, as restrictions allow.

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 will strive to publish the 2021 registration fees as soon as possible. 

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.

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 in US funds) or purchase order, please send your payment to NAME:

NAME
6800 SW 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97219

Please contact the conference committee at bc2021@pacname.org with any questions.

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 virtual this year. More information will be available soon.

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.

    Lodging

    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:

    NAME-BC
    PO Box 53583 RPO Broadmead
    Victoria, BC V8X 5K2
    Canada

    Please contact the conference committee at bc2020@pacname.org 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 registration@pacname.org, so we can help with arranging transportation.

    Campus Map:

    Pearson College Campus Map

    Submit a Presentation Proposal

    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. In keeping with current COVID guidelines, this year’s conference will be held online from August 17-21, 2021.

    Conference sessions, networking opportunities, and social activities will be spread across four consecutive weekdays starting on Tuesday, August 17, followed by local, outdoor field experiences (as permitted) on the weekend of August 21. The extended timeline will help minimize online fatigue and allow us to better accommodate the needs of participants from a range of time zones across the U.S.A. and Canada.

    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 communities and organizations that value healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems, and discuss how they can be incorporated into ocean and aquatic education
    • Share activities, lessons, and resources that embrace diverse ways of teaching and learning ocean literacy concepts in the classroom and community
    • Explore and discuss current issues in marine and aquatic science and the role of place, language and culture in informing solutions

    Call for Presentations

    The 2021 Call for Presentations is now open! All submissions received before the priority deadline of April 30, 2021 will be reviewed and successful applicants will be contacted by May 15, 2021. Please ask for earlier confirmation, if required by your employer or sponsor. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed if there is program space available.


    Presentation Formats

    1. Short Virtual Presentations: (15-minute sessions)

    Standard online presentations, including 3 minutes for questions. Please be prepared to share your screen!

    2. “Hands-On” Virtual Workshop or Presentation: (45-minute sessions)

    Share your favorite marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or stewardship and research initiatives with your colleagues – including any adaptations you’ve made for teaching under current COVID conditions while encouraging hands-on and place-based learning. Past sessions have featured: squid dissections, octopus parachute fun, surface tension experiments, salmon life cycle games, art projects, community monitoring programs, citizen science projects and more.

    Sharing outdoor learning experiences are also welcome here!

    3. “Hands-On” Virtual Workshop or Interactive Presentation: (90-minute sessions)

    As above: Two 45-minute sessions can be combined for a total of 90-minutes. Interactivity could include breakout rooms, discussion activities, or other whole or small group activities.

    4. Poster Presentation (+ 5-minute “Lightning Round” Introduction)

    The poster session is an engaging way for students, teachers, scientists and community professionals to share their lessons, research, and citizen science initiatives. The introduction is a great way to draw the audience into your research idea, project results, education tips and techniques for building networks – at lightning speed! There will be time for a few quick questions after each round, and additional time for networking, feedback and engaging with participants on a one-on-one basis while posters are up for viewing. The online poster gallery will be available for viewing throughout the conference.

    If you are selected to present a poster, we will provide additional information regarding guidelines for poster size and format and upload instructions. The selected Poster Presenters will automatically be considered for monetary awards in a variety of categories. More details will follow after May 15th!

    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

    Register