Jackie Hildering (Image by Kendra Parnham-Hall)

Jackie Hildering (Image by Kendra Parnham-Hall)

Sunday, August 11, 2024 • 8:45 – 10:00 am

Where the Whales Are—Lessons learned from giants about positive change in a changing world

Where the Whales Are” will be a presentation dedicated to the importance of speaking for the ocean and how to help inspire positive change in a changing world.

The presenter is Jackie Hildering, Humpback Whale researcher, cofounder and communications lead with the Marine Education and Research Society based in the Territory of the Kwak̕wala-speaking People, northern Vancouver Island. Jackie goes by “The Marine Detective” and is also a cold-water scuba diver and underwater photographer.

She will share lessons learned – from a previously undocumented Humpback Whale feeding strategy; to the plight of Sunflower Stars; to the human psychology that leads to disconnect from life in dark seas and to the paralysis and overwhelm that limit socio-environmental change.

Jackie’s on-camera experience includes work with Animal Planet, PBS, and the BBC.

For more information see www.TheMarineDetective.com/about  and www.mersociety.org

Monday, August 12, 2024 • 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Stay tuned for details about our second exciting keynote!

Saturday, August 10, 2024

We are excited to offer these field experiences on Saturday, August 10. These excursions will leave from and return to Pearson College. They are included in the full conference registration fee at no extra cost. However, participation in the SṈIDȻEȽ Experience is limited to the first 40 people who register for the full conference. Other field experiences at Pearson College will be available on Saturday for those who are unable to participate in this trip.

Experience the Wonders of SṈIDȻEȽ, The Place of the Blue Grouse

SṈIDȻEȽ (known also as Tod Inlet, a BC Provincial Park) has been a very special place to the SENCOTEN speaking People since time immemorial.  Some of the members of NAME have been working with the local First Nations over the last 25 years to restore and protect this highly valued ecological and cultural place. With the guidance of local knowledge-keepers, we will bear witness to the history, culture and ecology of this unique inlet and the surrounding Douglas Fir Forest.

This beautiful woodland and estuary provide a powerful outdoor classroom setting to work together for positive change.  Join us in a “hands-on, feet-wet” approach as we explore the local watershed, learn about traditional uses of local plants and appreciate the power of storytelling and art in grounding our learning in place.  The day will include many opportunities for experiential learning from both Indigenous and western ways of knowing and for sharing our collective knowledge and wisdom as we look to the future.

The field trip includes transportation and a boxed lunch from Pearson College. Buses will leave Pearson College at 8:30 am and return at approximately 3:30 pm. If you are not staying on campus on Friday night, please ensure that you arrive at Pearson by 8:00 am, in order to pick up your lunch and meet the bus.

Accessibility requirements: The estuary is accessed via an easy walk along a low grade, slightly rocky path that takes 15-20 minutes at a leisurely rate. Any person with accessibility issues will be accommodated with vehicle transport directly to the estuary site.

Explore Pedder Bay and Pearson College Trails

We will be exploring the beautiful trails around Pearson College and Pedder Bay. This field trip includes a boxed lunch from Pearson College. More information and details will be posted as they are finalized.


Friday, August 9

8:00 am – 4:00 pm NAME Board Meeting
4:00 – 5:30 pm Registration – Check in
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner is served for anyone staying over Fri night

Saturday, August 10

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast Served for anyone staying over Fri night
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Saturday Field Experience
12:00 – 1:00 pm Bag lunches available
4:00 – 5:30 pm Registration – Check in
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner is served for anyone staying on campus
6:45 – 8:00 pm Welcome Gathering/Blessing

Sunday, August 11

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast Served for anyone staying on campus
7:30 – 8:30 am Registration – Check in
8:30 – 10:00 am Conference Welcome & Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:15 am Coffee available in Dining Hall
10:15 – 11:15 am Concurrent Session A
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Session B
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch served for all registered participants
1:15 – 2:15 pm Concurrent Session C
2:15 – 2:45 pm Coffee Break
2:45 – 3:15 pm Concurrent Session D
3:30 – 4:30 pm SeaFaire & Mingle
4:45 – 5:45 pm NAME Chapter Meetings (Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon)
6:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner – Banquet/Auction

Monday, August 12

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast Served for anyone staying on campus
7:30 – 8:30 am Registration – Check in
8:30 – 8:45 am Morning Welcome & Announcements
9:00 – 10:00 am Concurrent Session E
9:00 – 10:15 am Canoe & Motorboat Session #1
10:15 – 10:45 am Coffee Break & Transition time
10:45 – 11:45 am Concurrent Session F
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Canoe & Motorboat Session #2
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch served for all registered participants
1:15 – 2:15 pm Concurrent Session G
2:15 – 2:45 pm Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:15 pm Closing Keynote
4:30 – 5:30 pm NAME Annual General Meeting
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner is served for anyone staying on campus
6:30 – 9:00 pm Closing Ceremony & Evening Social Event

Tuesday, August 13

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast Served for anyone staying on campus
9:30 am Checkout time

Monday, August 12, 2024

We are excited to offer these waterfront excursions led by Pearson College staff on Monday, August 12. These excursions will leave from and return to the dock at Pearson College. Please note that these will take place as options during conference concurrent sessions. Each trip will run twice (once each during two consecutive concurrent sessions) in order to maximize opportunities for participation. Sign-up early—there are limited spaces available and all waterfront excursions are first come, first served! Conference attendees will have the first opportunity to sign up for waterfront excursions. If there are still spaces available, sessions will be opened up to guests.

Pedder Bay Canoe

Spend an hour paddling beautiful Pedder Bay in a big canoe. The big canoes hold up to 14 people and provide an intimate look at the shoreline and wildlife in a large protected bay. During the hour-long paddle we can expect to see shore birds, drifting planktonic life, seaweed beds, and hopefully some curious seals. Each session will comprise two big canoes that offer space for up to 24 people combined, and include a 15-min introduction.

Session #1: 9:00 – 10:15 am
Session #2: 10:30 – 11:45 am

Cost per person: $25 USD / $30 CAD

Accessibility requirements: Please note that the dock is not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to board, sit in, paddle, and disembark from canoe.

Race Rocks by Boat

Take a motorized boat out to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. This unique rocky island in the middle of the Juan de Fuca Strait is home to a kelp ecosystem full of marine life including seals, sea lions, and marine birds. During the 20 minute boat ride to and from Race Rocks, keep your eye out for larger marine life (humpbacks and killer whales may be spotted), then spend 30 minutes puttering around the islands and viewing the abundant wildlife before heading back to the dock at Pearson. Please note, we will be on the boat for the full time as on-shore visits to this ecological reserve are restricted. Each session offers space for up to 12 people.

Session #1: 9:00 – 10:15 am
Session #2: 10:30 – 11:45 am

Cost per person: $70 USD / $100 CAD

Accessibility requirements: Please note that the dock is not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to board and disembark from boat.

Registration options

We are excited to open registration for our summer conference that is chock full of engaging content! We will be kicking off with an amazing, all-day field experience for all conference attendees that will highlight our coastal ecosystems, institutional collaborations, and indigenous and cultural knowledge. We will follow that with two full days of keynotes, plenaries, concurrent sessions, social activities, SeaFaire, and the annual NAME Banquet & Auction. There is sure to be something for everyone and we hope to see you all there this summer.

Note: registration costs on the NAME registration website are charged in US dollars. To receive an invoice payable in Canadian dollars (prices listed below) or to pay by check in US or Canadian funds, please register online and select “Invoice Me,” then contact conference@pacname.org.

Registration Type Early bird – Member Regular – Member Early bird – Non-member Regular – Non-member
Registration – Full Conference with lodging – quad $430 ($575 CAD) $470 ($625 CAD) $460 ($615 CAD) $500 ($665 CAD)
Registration – Full Conference no lodging $230 ($300 CAD) $270 ($350 CAD) $260 ($340 CAD) $300 ($390 CAD)
Registration – Student (Full Conference with lodging – quad) $410 ($550 CAD) $425 ($570 CAD)
Registration – Student (Full Conference no lodging) $190 ($240 CAD) $205 ($260 CAD)
Registration – Single Day $120 ($150 CAD) $160 ($200 CAD) $150 ($190 CAD) $190 ($240 CAD)

What’s Included

Full Conference – with lodging: Includes registration, Saturday field experience, 3 nights quad accommodation (Sat, Sun, Mon), all meals (3B, 3L, 3D, including banquet/auction). Does NOT include Monday waterfront excursions.

Full Conference – no lodging: Includes registration, Saturday field experience, 3 lunches (Sat, Sun, Mon),, banquet/auction on Sunday. Does NOT include Monday waterfront excursions.

Single Day Registration: Includes registration, lunch on any single day: (Sat, Sun, OR Mon). Does NOT include annual NAME membership renewal, banquet/auction or Monday waterfront excursions.

Student Rate – Full Conference: Available with or without lodging for full-time high school or post-secondary students.

Non-member Registration: includes annual NAME membership.

Full Conference – with lodging Full Conference – no lodging Single Day
Registration Included Included Included on registered day
Lunches Included Included Included on registered day
Saturday Field Experience Included Included Not available
Banquet/Auction Included Included Optional add on
Dinners, Breakfasts Included Included with single-night lodging add on Included with single-night lodging add on
Lodging – Quad occupancy Sat, Sun, Mon Included Single-night lodging purchased separately Single-night lodging purchased separately
Double or single occupancy upgrade – Sat, Sun, Mon Optional add-on Single-night lodging purchased separately Single-night lodging purchased separately
Lodging – Single night: Fri, August 9 (Quad, double, or single) Optional add on Optional add on Optional add on
Lodging – Single night: Sat, Sun, or Mon (Quad, double, or single) Included Optional add on Optional add on
Monday Waterfront Excursions Optional add on Optional add on Optional add on if registered for Monday


In order to keep lodging costs as low as possible we are offering all lodging options at cost, based on Pearson’s lodging and meal charges. Staying overnight and sharing meals is an important part of the camaraderie and networking inherent in our in-person conference. So we encourage all attendees to maximize their conference experience by taking advantage of the comfortable lodging and delicious meals offered by Pearson College. In fact, part of the charm and beauty of the campus is its remote location at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, where off-campus dining, shopping, and accommodations are not readily available nearby.

Lodging Optional Add-ons Cost
Full Conference (3 nights accommodation + meals) Registered Attendee – Upgrade from basic lodging package Non-registered Guest
Quad Occupancy $0 $340 ($450 CAD)
Double Occupancy $75 ($90 CAD) $415 ($540 CAD)
Single Occupancy $120 ($150 CAD) $460 ($600 CAD)
Single night (1 night accommodation + meals) Registered Attendee Non-registered Guest
Quad Occupancy $90 ($120 CAD) $120 ($150 CAD)
Double Occupancy $115 ($150 CAD) $145 ($180 CAD)
Single Occupancy $130 ($170 CAD) $160 ($200 CAD)

Cancellation Policy

Registrations that are cancelled for any reason are subject to the following refund policies:

  • Cancellations received through June 30 will receive a full refund
  • Cancellations received between July 1 and July 26 will be refunded minus a $40 ($50 CAD) service fee
  • No refunds will be granted after July 26; no exceptions
  • Any registrations that remain unpaid after July 26 will be canceled

The Call for Presentations is now open for the 2024 Conference hosted by NAME and CaNOE! This year’s theme is “Ripple Effect: Making Waves Together.”

We invite educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals from the Pacific Northwest and across Canada to submit your proposals using the online form on our website. There will be a range of presentation formats, presentations, “hands-on” workshops or interactive sessions, and posters. It is possible for a single presenter to host more than one session or workshop. Please submit a separate proposal for each presentation.

Conference sessions, networking opportunities, and social activities will be spread across three consecutive days from August 10-12, including local outdoor field experiences. All presenters must register for the conference and are encouraged to participate in other conference sessions, functions and events.

Presentations that align with the conference theme and goals are encouraged:

  • Connect with a community that shares wide range of experiences to expand perspectives and broaden impacts of ocean conservation, education and research
  • 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

All submissions received before the priority deadline of March 31, 2024 will be reviewed and successful applicants will be contacted by April 15, 2024. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed if there is program space available.

For registration information, please visit 2024 Registration Information.

Presentation Formats

  1. Short Presentations: (30-minute sessions)

Standard presentations, including time for questions. Power-point presentations with group discussions on a theme relevant to the conference are also welcome. 

  1. Workshop or Presentation: (60-minute sessions)

Share your favorite marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or stewardship and research initiatives with your colleagues. We especially encourage presentations that highlight hands-on and place-based learning. If you require a time commitment longer than 60 minutes, please reach out to us and we can discuss options directly with individual presenters.

Workshops can be held indoors or outdoors on the Pearson College campus. If you are unfamiliar with the location we encourage you to visit Pearson College’s website at http://www.pearsoncollege.ca/ where you will find information on the campus location, maps, facilities and photos of the college.

  1. Poster Presentation 

The poster session is an engaging way for students, teachers, scientists and community professionals to share their lessons, research, and citizen science initiatives. The poster display is a great way to draw the audience into your research idea, project results, education tips and offers opportunities for building connections. A specific time will be set aside during the conference for presenters to greet and share their posters with conference participants, offering time for networking, feedback and engaging with participants on a one-on-one basis while posters are up for viewing. The 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 display instructions.

For more information about anticipated registration and accommodation costs, please see here: 2024 Registration Information.

Sign-up—Limited numbers. First come first serve!

To sign up for any of the Field Experiences (except for the kayak trips…you have to sign up for those ahead of time at kayaktillamook.com), email oregon@pacname.org with the date, field experience and your name(s). We’ll collect the fee during conference check-in. Preference is given to NAME members and those paying for the conference.

Monday, August 8,

9:00-12:00, $5

Guided Bird Hike by Portland Audubon Netarts Community Club to Cape Meares

Portland Audubon

Limited to the first 10 people. Portland Audubon is partnering with Friends of Netarts to lead this guide birding expedition Audubon. Find out everything you’d like to know about birds on our coastline. oregon@pacname.org

10:00-11:30, $5

Guided tour of Cape Meares Lighthouse and the Octopus Tree

State Park and US Fish and Wildlife Volunteers Cape Lookout State Park

Kay Shoemaker, Past-NAME President, Teacher, Netarts Local

Limited to the first 10 people, van pick up at Fire Hall. The van will leave from the Fire Hall to take participants up to Cape Meares. This guided tour begins at the renowned Cape Meares Lighthouse, where participants will be able to explore this tiny lighthouse and learn of its history. We will then venture outside to learn about the variety of seabirds visiting this amazing rocky habitat. Kay will then lead the group up to visit the famous Octopus Tree.

Education, Culture, Science 90 min program. oregon@pacname.org

10:00-12:30, $90

Guided Kayak Tour of Miami Cove and River 

Marcus Hinz of Kayak Tillamook is your guide and Rob Coats is your NAME Lead

Limited to the first 15 people, van pick up at Fire Hall.

Imagine paddling across a sheltered cove carefully nested between foothills, only to duck under a bridge and discover a small charming river. Well, after exploring old floating wood docks occupied by sea birds and admiring the panoramic views of our coastal mountains from your watercraft, this is exactly what you’ll do. Surrounded by a deciduous forest, the crystal clear waters of the Miami River will allow peaks at the river bottom and its surface will offer you reflective perspectives of everything around you.

You will need to register through this link. The additional $5 is to help cover our van cost.

Tuesday, August 9

10:45-1:15, $90

Guided Kayak Tour of Miami Cove and River

Marcus Hinz of Kayak Tillamook is your guide and Kay Shoemaker is your NAME Lead

Limited to the first 15 people, van pick up at Fire Hall at 10:15 for this 30 minute trip to Garibaldi.

Imagine paddling across a sheltered cove carefully nested between foothills, only to duck under a bridge and discover a small charming river. Well, after exploring old floating wood docks occupied by sea birds and admiring the panoramic views of our coastal mountains from your watercraft, this is exactly what you’ll do. Surrounded by a deciduous forest, the crystal clear waters of the Miami River will allow peaks at the river bottom and its surface will offer you reflective perspectives of everything around you.

You will need to register through this link. The additional $5 is to help cover our van cost.

You will also be grabbing your lunch and snack to go

1:00-3:00, $5

Cape Lookout Trail Coastal Interpretive Hike

Travis Korbe, Park Ranger Supervisor

Cape Lookout State Park Trail

Limited to the first 15 people, van pick up at Cape Lookout State Park, office Parking lot. During this guided tour, participants will learn about the native vegetation and history of Cape Lookout.  This 5-mile round trip hike to the end of the headland gives a spectacular view of the Pacific.  Whales and other marine animals have been spotted

from this vantage point. The Cape Trail may have muddy conditions in some sections of the trail. The first half of the trail is fairly smooth the second half has rocks and roots to navigate so appropriate shoes will be needed. It is a 5-mile hike round trip, there is however the opportunity to make it a shorter hike by going to the mid-way point, you still get some great views and whale watching but avoid the rougher trail sections and mud.  Plan to carry your water bottle!  oregon@pacname.org

1:00-3:00, $5

Whiskey Creek Oyster Farm Guided Exploration

Chrissy Smith

Director Friends of Netarts WEBS

Limited to the first 15 people, van pick up at Cape Lookout State Park, office Parking lot.

More information coming!

Field Experiences – On Your Own

Activity Type Days Cost Time Notes
Dune Buggy Rentals Self Mon-Fri 85-355 9:00am-3:30 pm
Kayaking Netarts Bay Guide 2008-07-22 85 1:45pm – 4:15pm Netarts Bay Netarts Bay: https://kayaktillamook.com/content/products/tp/netarts-bay
Tillamook Cheese Factory Guide tour Daily 35-40 https://www.exploretock.com/tillamookcreamery
Tillamook Cheese Factory Self Daily Free 9am-7pm https://www.tillamook.com/visit-us/creamery
Clamming bay, blues gapers, razors,-shellfish permit self daily permit wee hours myodfw.com
Crabbing-same license- self daily permit tide dependent myodfw.com
Hiking- Cape Lookout. self daily anytime https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/cape-lookout?u=m
Cape Kiwanda- scenic by-way. Dunes- self daily anytime https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=130
Octopus Tree-Friends of Cape Meares self daily anytime https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=131
Blue Heron guide tours daily 8am -6pm https://www.blueheronoregon.com/pages/visit-us; wine, sausage/cheese tasting, petting zoo
Cape Meares Lake guide Experience: Low; Fitness: Low 75 (8) seats avail. Sat 08/06/22 – 05:00pm – 07:30pm https://kayaktillamook.com/content/products/te/cape-meares-lake-sat-080622-0500pm-0730pm
Birding, tidepools exploring the beach self daily free Any time…tide dependent Shortsands Oswald State Park, Short Beach Oceanside, Netarts,



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

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Full Conference Registrationincludes most meals (Sunday dinner on your own), events, and sessions except field trips.

Single-day Registrationregistration includes all meals, events, and sessions for that day, except field trips.

NAME Member Non-member
Full Conference
Early-bird (through July 6, 2022) $300 $330
Regular (beginning July 7, 2022) $325 $355
Special Student rate $250 $265
One Day
Early-bird (through July 6, 2022) $150 $180
Regular (beginning July 7, 2022) $175 $205
Event tickets for guests/family members
Meals – Full Conference $145
Reception: Saturday, August 6 $30
Banquet: Monday, August 8 $40
BBQ: Tuesday, August 9 (Adult ticket) $20
BBQ: Tuesday, August 9 (Child ticket, ages 4 to 10) $10
Conference T-shirt
2022 NAME conference T-shirt (unisex sizes XS-2XL) $20

Membership Renewal

Registering as a member does not include NAME membership renewal. Please add your membership renewal during registration, if desired. Registering as a non-member includes a one-year NAME membership!


Conference registration does not include lodging. Lodging at The Terimore can be booked directly through NAME by emailing lodging@pacname.org. Lodging information can be found on our Travel & Lodging page. Lodging is still available on a first come, first served basis!

Cancellation Policy:

Conference Registration:

  • If cancellation occurs by July 23, a portion will be refunded.
  • No refunds for cancellations after July 23, 2022.

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

Fawn Custer
872 NW Cross St.
Seal Rock, OR 97376