Kris Holderied

NOAA Oceanographer & Director of the Kasitsna Bay Lab

Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory since 2005, Kris Holderied conducts research on coastal ecosystems, oversees facility operations and assists with marine science education activities. Her research focuses on oceanography, estuaries and nearshore habitats, with a focus on better understanding how changing ocean conditions affect Alaska coastal resources and communities. Education activities at the laboratory include graduate student research, college classes, teacher training workshops, student internships and K-12 field science camps.

Holderied previously worked as a physical oceanographer with NOAA in Silver Spring, Md., developing satellite-based products for benthic habitat mapping, harmful algal bloom detection and coastal climate change impacts. Before that, she worked on environmental compliance projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk, Va. and served in the U.S. Navy, providing weather and oceanographic forecasts in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. She has a bachelor of science degree in oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in physical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.

Solving ocean mysteries for Alaska coastal communities: Connections matter

What’s up with the Pacific Ocean “warm Blob”, sea star wasting disease, and paralytic shellfish poisoning events in Kachemak Bay?  Where the heck did all those whales come from and where did they go?  We’ll take a look at how we are tracking changes in marine waters and resources used by our coastal communities for food and tourism, and at the ocean connections that link everything together.


Gulf Watch Alaska: The Mystery of the Blob

Loren Anderson

Director of Culture Programs, Alutiiq, Alaska Native Heritage Center

Loren is the Cultural Programs Manager at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.  Some of his duties at the Heritage Center include organizing Alaska Native Cultural Awareness Workshops, developing budgets, facilitating school visits, performing at outreaches, supervising summertime staff, and managing cultural events and celebrations.  He has served on the elections and information committees for my Regional Native Corporation, Koniag Inc.  He serves on the Native Village of Afognak Tribal Council, is the chairperson for the Village of Afognak finance committee and also serves as an advisor on the Alutiiq Language Preservation Project.  He is a graduate of the Humanities Forum Leadership Anchorage program. He helped form the traditional Sugpiat dance group, Imamsuat. He composes Native songs; creates art, and fills the role of a tradition bearer when he’s called upon.   He continually strives to promote his culture and instill pride in our youth.

Culture: What is it?  What are its invisible aspects?  How do we become aware of our own cultural lenses?

Most people today don’t recognize that they belong to a culture.  This presentation will help participants recognize what are the components of their cultures.  Knowing one’s culture helps participants recognize and appreciate the differences in various cultures and give them a clearer picture about how – they – see the world we all live in.

Nancy Lord

Alaskan writer of fiction & non-fiction, former State Writer Laureate

Nancy, who makes her home in Homer, Alaska, is passionate about place, history, and the natural environment.  From her many years of commercial salmon fishing and, later, work as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships, she’s explored in both fiction and nonfiction the myths and realities of life in the north.  Among her published books are three collections of short stories and five works of literary nonfiction, including the memoir Fishcamp, the cautionary Beluga Days, and the front-lines story of climate change, Early Warming.  She most recently (2016) edited the anthology Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories From The Salmon Project.  Her (first!) novel, pH (working title had been The Pteropod Gang), is forthcoming (September 2017) from Graphic Arts/Alaska Northwest Books.

Nancy was honored as Alaska Writer Laureate for 2008-10, a term during which she traveled throughout the state to promote Alaska writers, writing, and libraries.

Writing on the Water

Nancy will share examples of the ways she’s used her writing (creatively and as an activist) to celebrate and encourage the stewardship of our life-giving waters.

Dave Aplin

Director of Community Outreach and Education, World Wildlife Fund US-Arctic Program.

Why am I painting the living room? An interactive discussion exploring our assumptions and goals as marine educators.

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Oral Presentations and Workshops 

Tuesday, August 8

Presentations should be either 45 or 90 minutes. This year, presenters will be asked to highlight their presentation with a 5-minute “preview” at the Tuesday plenary session, so that all participants get a sense of the concurrent options before we break out into sessions. Presenters are encouraged to collaborate with other educators and to run presentations that are as hands-on as possible! Power-point discussions on a theme relevant to the conference are also welcome.

Facilitated Dialogues

Thursday, August 10

Facilitated Dialogue is a guided conversation among community members. The role of the Facilitator is to help group members overcome communication barriers and engage in meaningful discussion for the benefit of all. In a dialogue circle, it is acknowledged that all members (whether experts or novices on a particular topic) have an important perspective to share and explore. The goal of dialogue is to engage the experiences of each participant in an effort to help the group focus on a single, challenging topic. Facilitators must have experience creating an equitably safe space for group participation, as well as tools for guiding group discussions. Dialogue may not necessarily result in a set of agreements but is expected to foster new perspectives for long-term advancement of community discussions.

Each Facilitated Dialogue session will run for 75 minutes. Ideal group sizes will be 10-20 participants.

Preference will be given to facilitators that have received certification in this skill. However, if you are interested in facilitating a dialogue circle, we are happy to pair you with a mentor! So please don’t hesitate to submit your idea. Email Laurie Stuart Morrow at for more information.

Poster Presentations/Sea Faire
Thursday, August 10

Poster presentations and Sea Faire will be held during the dinner and auction. Sea Faire 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 and is intended to allow participants to share resources and ideas. Participants in Sea Faire who wish to sell items are welcome to do so but are encouraged to keep the items for sale relevant to the conference and the NAME organization.

Please submit proposals online on the NAME website (preferred), or complete the Call for Proposals form and return via e-mail to:

Application deadline is June 15, 2017

Questions? Contact Laurie Stuart Morrow at

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We will be offering the following registration options:

Full Conference Registration—includes all sessions, events and meals from Monday evening, August 7 through Friday morning, August 11, including the NAME Awards Banquet and Auction. Conference registration does not include any field trips that require additional costs on Wednesday, or the optional dinner cruise to Halibut Cove on Tuesday evening.

Single-day Registration—includes all sessions, plus lunch and coffee breaks only on the day/s registered. Does not include any field trips or evening events.

NAME Member Non-member
Full Conference
Early-bird (through April 30, 2017) $200 $230
Regular (beginning May 1, 2017) $250 $280
Student $125 $140
Single Day
Tuesday, August 8, or Thursday, August 10 $125 $155
BBQ (Wednesday, August 9) – guest ticket $15
Banquet (Thursday, August 10) – guest ticket $25

If you are interested in attending the conference but are hesitant for financial reasons, we encourage you to apply for a NAME 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.

Cancellation of Conference Registration:
Cancellations submitted by August 3, 2017 will be refunded.
No refunds for cancellations after August 3, 2017.

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

NAME-Alaska c/o Marilyn Sigman
Alaska Sea Grant
1007 W. 3rd Ave. – Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone: (907) 274-9691
Fax: (907)277-5242 

Best Western Bidarka Inn: 907-235-8148
575 Sterling Hwy
Walk/Drive to Conference
Beluga Lake Lodge 907-235-5995
204 Ocean Drive Loop
Walk/Drive to Conference
Driftwood Inn 907-235-8019
135 W. Bunnell Ave
Walk to Conference
King’s Landing 907-235-7787
147 East Pioneer Ave
Walk to Conference
Ocean Shores 907-235-7775
451 Sterling Hwy
Walk to Conference
Pioneer Inn 907-235-5670
244 W. Pioneer Ave
Walk to Conference
Alaska WindJammer Suites 907-235-9761
320 W. Pioneer Ave
Walk to Conference
Land’s End 907-235-0400
4786 Homer Spit Road
6 Miles from Conference
Driftwood RV Park 907-235-8019
135 W. Bunnell Ave
Walk to Conference
Oceanview RV Park 907-235-3951
455 Sterling Highway
Walk to Conference
Chamber B&B recommendations:

Field Trip: Tuesday, August 8

Evening Cruise to Halibut Cove—this field trip is FULL but we are taking names for a WAITING LIST

$40/person (dinner extra)

Depart from Homer Harbor; 4:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet at the bottom of Ramp 2

Take an evening cruise on the Danny-J ferry across the aqua waters of Kachemak bay to Halibut Cove. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner (seafood is their specialty) at the whimsical Saltry Restaurant with time to explore the boardwalks and art shops before heading home. This is scenic Kachemak Bay at its best, with opportunities to see puffins, sea otters, and possibly whales en route.

We will meet at 4:30 at the bottom of ramp 2 on the Homer Spit for a 5:00 pm departure. Dinner at the Saltry is not included and runs ~$50 per person with one beverage. We will return to the harbor by 9:00 pm. Maximum 29 people.

Field Trips: Wednesday, August 9

1. Natural History Day Tour at the Peterson Bay Field Station—this field trip is FULL but we are taking names for a WAITING LIST

$125/per person

Depart from Homer Harbor; 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Meet at the CACS Yurt on the Spit at the top of ramp 2

Take a boat ride across Kachemak Bay to explore the rich rocky intertidal zone with a naturalist from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at a -2.4 low tide! The trip over and back includes views of Gull Island, a bustling seabird colony where literally thousands of birds raise their chicks every summer. Following your morning intertidal experience, you will have an opportunity to take a guided hike in a coastal forest ecosystem on the edge of the wilderness, visit a bog, learn the names and lore of coastal plants, see what prehistoric people have left behind at an Alaska Native housesite, and explore marine life more indepth at the Field Station’s aquaria and live tanks. The intertidal zone and forest trails may be uneven, rocky, or slippery. Pack a daypack, water bottle and a sack lunch. Drinking water and complimentary hot beverages available are provided. Space is limited.

2. Morning Kayak Adventure with St. Augustine Kayaking and Tours—Cancelled


Depart from Homer Harbor; 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Half day kayak trips are excellent for those short on time or tentative about trying kayaking. Our diverse day trip winds its way through two spectacular bays rich in wildlife.  Our professional guides from Homer Kayaking introduce kayaking in a safe, fun, and comfortable manner to thousands. Almost anyone can do kayaking. Space is limited.

Price includes water taxi and all equipment, instruction and guide service for the kayaking portion. No experience is necessary. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

3. Afternoon Kayak Adventure with St. Augustine Kayaking and Tours


Depart from Homer Harbor; 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Meet at the bottom of Ramp 3 – first float on the left M/V Seabird

Half day AM and PM trips are excellent for those short on time or tentative about trying kayaking. Our diverse day trip winds its way through two spectacular bays rich in wildlife.Our professional guides from Homer Kayaking introduce kayaking in a safe, fun, and comfortable manner to thousands. Almost anyone can do kayaking. Space is limited.

Price includes water taxi and all equipment, instruction and guide service for the kayaking portion. No experience is necessary. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

4. On-Board Oceanography Excursion—4 person minimum


Depart from Homer Harbor; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Meet at the bottom of Ramp 1

Get a hands-on oceanography experience onboard the M/V Discovery. This 5 hour cruise on Kachemak Bay is basically the same one that the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies offers to hundreds of students during their Spring Environmental Education season. It includes scientific inquiry-based activities that involve small group and whole group explorations. The five hour program focuses on oysters and oyster farming to highlight the productivity of Kachemak Bay. Activities include water sampling, plankton tow and microscope study, ocean acidification, nautical charts and tide books, using remote operated vehicles to explore underwater life and sampling a tasty fresh oyster!

Bring a water bottle and sack lunch.

5. Best of the Bay Boat Tour


Depart from Homer Harbor; 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Meet at the bottom of Ramp 2 – first float on the left M/V Discovery

Alaska Coastal Marine Charters provides 3½ hours of amazing wildlife, intense beauty, fascinating information, and a great time for all.

The boat tour takes you over to Gull Island, a renowned seabird rookery that is home to 20,000 nesting birds. We will point out old homesteader cabins, sites of archaeological importance, amazing rock structures and magnificent fjords. On a clear day, three of our magnificent volcanoes in “The Pacific Ring of Fire” dominate the far horizon.

We expect to find abundant wildlife along the way, including sea otters, humpback whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions, and always hope to spot minke and orca (killer) whales.

6. Grewingk Glacier Hike—this field trip is FULL but we are taking names for a WAITING LIST


Depart from Homer Harbor; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Meet at the top of Ramp 4

Absolutely free boat trip and guided hike to Grewingk Glacier Lake—compliments of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and the Kachemak Bay State Park! Pack a lunch, bring your rain gear, bug dope, and camera and join us for this truly memorable hike up to a glacial lake complete with ice burgs and the impressive Grewingk Glacier beyond. The hike is a moderately easy seven miles round-trip, and the trail is well-maintained. Meet at Ramp 4 in the Homer Boat Harbor at 9:00 am. We will return by 4:00 pm. Max. 6 people. 

Other things to do in Homer

Saw and Cycle bike rentals—Fat Tire bikes $65 for 24 hours; must returned washed and no riding in saltwater. 6 available

Cycle Logical—Various trip packaged with a guide start at 9:00 – 2:00; $125 per person, 2 person minimum Meet at Bishops Beach. Max 6 people

Inlet Charters—salmon fishing; 10% off of normal $275 per person/per day for salmon fishing (no halibut fishing on Tuesdays) = $250/day + $18.75 tax = $268.75. Depart at 6:30am for up to 8 hours. 4-6 people total. Feeder kings and silvers will be running then.

The NAME-Alaska team is hard at work planning an exciting conference in 2017!

Save the Date: August 7-11, 2017, Homer, Alaska

Please visit the conference page for more details about the conference, including presentations, lodging, and registration information.