Please join us on Mondays once a month to learn from marine and aquatic educators and scientists. Speakers will share experiences, educational tips and stories from the field. Please register each month to get the Zoom link to the event. Please contact wmoses@highline.edu if you have any questions or problems with the registration or link.

Register for the June 14 Speaker Series

Not a member? Membership expired? Make sure to join or renew now so you don’t miss out on these fabulous events!


Upcoming Speakers

Monday, June 14th 6:30pm

Frozen Sunlight Series: Connecting Ecological Research with Indigenous Knowledge—Janet Clarke, Education Director at the Sitka Sound Science Center

The Frozen Sunlight series includes easy to ship educational kits for secondary and adult learners. The topics focus on energy transfer in ocean ecosystems by weaving together current ecological research with Alaska Native cultural wisdom.  The first Frozen Sunlight kit titled “Algae Connects Us” includes a beautiful film featuring the perspectives of Sitka Tribe of Alaska cultural liaison, Chuck Miller and University of California, Santa Cruz PhD candidate and marine ecologist, Lauren Bell.  Information about identifying and collecting seaweed is provided and the materials included in the package allow students to collect and press algae for use in collections or art.

Algae Connects Us!—Sitka Sound Science Center video

The Frozen Sunlight series is funded by the Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.


We will be taking a break for the summer but we’re excited to return in the fall with a whole new line-up of speakers! If you would like to present, please contact Giovannina Souers at giovanninah2o@gmail.com


Speaker Archive

May 2021

Seabed Mining: “The Dawn of an Industry” and the need for a precautionary approachLee First, Co-Founder of Twin Harbors Waterkeeper, and Liz Schotman, Washington Regional Manager Surfrider Foundation. Washington State’s waters contain known mineral deposits, and there is increasing pressure to begin mining the ocean floor in some areas of the world.  Given the present reality of rising ocean temperatures and acidification, nearshore marine waters and coastal communities along the Pacific do not need another threat. Oregon banned ocean mining in their state waters in 1991.  Attend this presentation to learn why Washington should close their state waters to seabed mining. This step is a necessary precaution for coastal towns and cities where fishing and tourism depend on these valuable but vulnerable waters for their livelihoods.


April 2021

Astonishing Annelids—The COVID-19 pandemic challenged marine educators at all academic levels to provide their students with an engaging on-line educational experience. Dr. Louise Page, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria (who was recently recognized by a UVic Teaching Excellence Award), didn’t miss a beat in preparing videos to substitute for the hands-on laboratory section of her Invertebrate Biology course. The decades of Louise’s passion for research and teaching about invertebrates permeate this work. Join us as she presents excerpts from her annelid lab, which showcase the astonishing diversity of morphology, behaviour and lifestyle among annelids.


March 2021

Investigating Crayfish + Freshwater Ecosystems Online—Learn to engage students in fascinating crayfish studies and water quality monitoring in this presentation with partners from The River Mile Network. Janice Elvidge from the National Park Service will team up with Rick Reynolds from Engaging Every Student and Jim Ekins from the University of Idaho Extension Service IDAH2O Master Water Stewards program to step you through student activities including scientific investigations in your local watershed to benefit people and wildlife. Learn methods to monitor native and invasive crayfish, as well as a variety of factors that impact water quality, while meeting the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Learn about ways to participate with The River Mile’s Crayfish Study project helping biologists and wildlife managers, and how different tools can be used to collect, analyze, and share data and student observations.

Resources from The River Mile Network
Resources from IDAH2O
Other Resources

February 2020

Virtual Field Trips:Exploring and Sharing Our Local Ecology—Rosemary Anderson High School science teacher and NAME President, Kay Shoemaker, gave a presentation on how to conduct field trips in these oh-so-atypical times so that you can still engage your students in the wonders and magic of the natural world, even while we’re all sitting in front of computer screens for ten hours a day.

Resources

January 2021

Kayaking the Salish Sea During a Pandemic—WA-NAME Co-Directors Giovannina Souers (Environmental Education Program Supervisor City of Seattle) and Woody Moses (Highline College Biology Instructor) spent six weeks paddling over three hundred miles through the Salish Sea from West Seattle to the San Juans and back to Hood Canal. Learn what it took to do the trip, the challenges and surprises they faced and how they embraced adventure and uncertainty in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic.


December 2020

Monitoring Axial SeaMount: Research techniques for 1500 meters Beneath the SurfaceFawn Custer, CoastWatch Citizen Science Trainer will lead a fun holiday activity to start out the night followed by Bill Hanshumaker, former National Marine Educators Association Rep and OSU Researcher Emeritus talking about monitoring an axial seamount and research techniques for 1500 meters beneath the surface.


Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and Canadian Network for Ocean Education invite you to a

Virtual Panel and Discussion

When: August 19th from 10:00 am–12 noon PDT
Where: online through Zoom

Integrating virtual and hands-on marine education: experiences, reflection and addressing challenges

Register Now!

Agenda: During the plenary session, panelists will introduce themselves and speak briefly about their role in the marine education community. Then, panelists will engage in a facilitated question and answer discussion in which all four panelists will be asked questions and encouraged to discuss the topic between them. After the plenary session, each panelist will lead a break-out session for further exploration of their perspective and experiences, and the chance to engage in discussion with participants.

Registration: The cost of this event is $40 CDN, which includes a discounted one-year membership to either NAME or CaNOE. Current NAME members can use their Member ID (recently sent in an email) as a promo code for $20 CDN off of registration in lieu of membership renewal for those members who do not want or need to renew at this time. The code can be entered once the event ticket has been placed in the cart, before checking out on Eventbrite. Please contact info@pacname.org with any registration questions.


Schedule of Events:

10:00 am Welcome and Blessing, Introduction of CaNOE and NAME-BC

10:15 am Panelist individual presentations (40 minutes)

  1. Dr. Sandra Scott, Tanner Owca, and Ziyad Shukri, representing UBC and Ocean Networks Canada
  2. Laura McKillop, Elementary School Teacher at White Rock Elementary School
  3. Patrick Wells, Doctoral Candidate at Memorial University and Science Teacher
  4. Abigail Speck, Indigenous Knowledge Specialist at Ocean Wise

10:55 am Full Panel Discussion (30 minutes)

11:25 am 5-minute break and transition to Small Group Discussion

11:30 am Small Group Discussions (30 minutes) Check links in chat, and/or on the Eventbrite event listing

12:00 pm Small Group Wrap-Up and Thank You!

Download Schedule PDF


Panelists

Laura McKillop

Laura McKillop is a teacher with Surrey School District. Laura currently teaches Grade 2 in the Fine Arts Intensive Program at White Rock Elementary. After just one year of humbly learning from (and co-teaching with) a delightfully peculiar group of sea creatures in the Seaquarium at her school, Laura cannot imagine teaching and learning any other way! While new to marine ecology and biology, Laura approaches these subjects with curiosity and joy. Laura is passionate about ocean education because it nurtures a sense of wonder and ecological awareness in learners, while simultaneously creating opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular exploration. Laura completed a BFA and BEd at Simon Fraser University. When she’s not in the classroom, Laura can be found exploring the beaches, mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes of coastal British Columbia with her best friend (and dog) Chuka.


Dr. Sandra Scott

I am an Associate Professor of Science & Environmental Education with the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC I was a classroom teacher, marine educator, and park naturalist. My work focuses on elementary science, environmental education as slow ecopedagogy, and teacher education. I am a naturalist, scientist, and educator of, for, and in the environment and an advocate for experiences which nurture our sense of wonder for the human and more than human worlds.


Ziyad Shukri

Ziyad is a teacher-to-be, fitness instructor, engineering graduate and a nature lover! As a child he memorized (most of) the world’s capital cities and always enjoyed looking at Atlases. This eventually led him to have a soft spot and appreciation for oceans and marine life, which he got to re-experience as part of his Community Field Experience through UBC!


Abigail Speck

Abigail k̓ʷə nə skʷix, təliʔ cən ʔəƛ̓ xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Abigail Speck is my name, I’m from Musqueam). I am the Indigenous Knowledge Specialist with Ocean Wise at the Vancouver Aquarium, I work on integrating Indigenous Knowledge into our programs within the Education Department. It’s important to me as an Indigenous person to include this form of knowledge into our programming for not only the younger generations to learn multiple ways of knowing but also for the teachers and parents exposed to it too! I love getting this opportunity to share my knowledge as well as being able to learn new things within Ocean Wise on a regular basis! Before Ocean Wise I was a Youth Outreach worker within my community, providing after school programming with Indigenous youth. I have a strong passion for teaching, sharing and engaging with the younger generation.


Patrick Wells

I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Science Teacher in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, as well as a beachcombing aficionado and reflective educator dedicated to the memory business that is teaching. I focus on inquiry using the process of science to engage students’ senses to observe, form testable questions, and to interrogate the natural world—with a bias towards ocean based investigations. Life and learning is sensory first, then cognitive—local investigations make engaging the affective domain more likely—forming meaningful memories that challenge prior conceptions. How can this happen face to face and remotely? Let’s find out!

UPDATE—This event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators & Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition present our 11th Annual “Sharing the Coast Conference”

When: March 13-15, 2020
Where: Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, Oregon

Schedule & Information

Download the full schedule here.

Friday night: FREE! OPEN TO PUBLIC! Dr. Eric Steig, University of Washington, “The Future of Ice: What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Climate Change in Polar Regions” Hales Center for the Performing Arts, Doors open at 6

Saturday: Doors open at 8:30 AM for registration, conference begins at 9:00 AM. Each day features lectures, workshops. Lunch included.

Saturday evening: 5:30 PM Dave’s Pizza—Appetizers Provided by NAME and CoastWatch, No-host Happy Hour, King Tide Wrap-Up Speakers—Nick Tealer and Jesse Jones, & of course Trivia Night.

Sunday: Various field experiences including Charleston Sea Life Center, South Slough NERR, and more!

Conference price: Varies according to membership status

PDUs available or Certificate of Participation for students. Registration is required for the majority of the conference on Saturday and Sunday. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided as well as Saturday lunch.

Register Now

Questions? Please contact Fawn Custer: 541-270-0027 or envtgsldrfawn@aol.com or Jesse@oregonshores.org

UPDATE—This event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

Come Razor Clamming with NAME!

April 10-12 Copalis Beach, WA

Washington NAME will be heading out to the coast on Friday, April 10, 2020 for a weekend of festivities and marine biology.

We arise early Saturday, April 11, to hunt for the mighty Pacific Razor Clam, Siliqua patula. Joined by throngs of like-minded, bivalve-loving Homo sapiens, we use shovels and guns (clam guns, that is) to extract the beasties from their sandy homes before the tide and surf fill our rubber boots with icy saltwater.

The rest of the day is spent cleaning the clams, beachcombing for treasures and hanging with like-minded marine-loving folks. Then Saturday night, we feast on clams while we tell tales and sing songs of the glorious hunt. If the Homo sapiens haven’t been too greedy, we get to repeat the hunt Sunday morning before packing up and driving back to the safety of our (mostly) sand-free domiciles.

In addition, Friday night, April 10, there will be a FREE Razor Clam Biology and Ecology presentation by local tidepooling and beachcombing expert, Alan Rammer, at Beachwood Resort, 3009 WA-109, Copalis Beach, WA 98535.

For more info, please contact Woody Moses at wmoses@highline.edu for details.

Hope to see you there!

Join us for a “Pacific Seas Snooze” Overnight at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Saturday November 16, 2019

Register Now!

Location: 5400 N Pearl St. Tacoma
Time: 7:00 pm Saturday – 9:30 am Sunday
Ages: Participants must be at least 5 years old

NAME Members: Adults: $40, Children: $25
Non-Members: Adults: $45, Children: $30

(Breakfast included; bring your own snacks; eat dinner beforehand)

Spend an evening immersing yourselves in the watery world of wildlife found along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja. See what’s in store in the SEA Lab and sleep with the hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle rays, and green sea turtles in the new Pacific Seas Aquarium. Maximum of 40 participants.

Saturday Evening

  • Arrive at 7:00 pm
  • Welcome to Baja Bay!
  • Visit Rocky Shores
  • Experience the Tidal Touch Zone
  • Explore the Pacific Seas Aquarium
  • Marine Lab in the new SEA Lab!
Sunday Morning

  • Wake up at 6:30 am and pack up belongings
  • Eat breakfast in the Plaza Café
  • Visit the South Pacific Aquarium
  • TBD
  • Depart at about 9:30 am or stay longer!

Contact Woody Moses (wmoses@highline.edu) with your inquiries!!!

Spaces are limited!

Science Literacy Week 2019 is all about our OCEANS! NAME-BC will be joining World Fisheries Trust and Hillside Centre in a celebration of science literacy as we sail from coast to coast to coast across Canada’s oceans! Join local science educators and communicators at this one-day, hands-on science extravaganza, featuring a marine touch tank filled with plants and animals from the Salish Sea, STEM-themed arts and crafts, and loads of children’s activities. Science educators and enthusiasts will be on hand to answer all your ocean health and wildlife questions and fill your mind with ways to build science literacy at home.

When: Sunday, September 22, 11 am–5:30 pm
Where: Hillside Shopping Centre, Victoria, BC
Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/515731239171881/

It was a fun and educational evening for WA NAMERS at the recent Whale Trail event at West Seattle’s C&P Coffeehouse on December 4, 2018. Celebrating the return of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) to Puget Sound, The Whale Trail, hosted an evening of presentations dedicated to our favorite, local cetaceans. Led by Whale Trail Founder and Director, Donna Sandstrom, the evening started off with a talk by Marc Sears and his daughter Maya, who have been documenting SRKW activities off of West Seattle for over forty years. They spoke about K-Pod’s recent visit to our waters, discussing how they assess the apparent health of the animals, including how they collect their fecal samples (that’s science folks). But the highlight was a GoPro video of an astounding recent display by K-Pod off of Alki Point, complete with breaches, tail lobs and spy hops. It left the whole crowd speechless.

The final presentation, by Dr. Clement Furlong (U.W. Professor of Genome Sciences), looked at how marine mammals are at particular risk to contamination by organophosphate pesticides because they lack the genes necessary for detoxification. Unfortunately, these pesticides, particularly Chlorpyrifos, are still widely used are certainly making their way into Puget Sound. Dr. Furlong encouraged everyone there to contact their representatives to get these chemicals banned, not just for the orcas’ sake, but for our health as well. For more on Dr. Furlong’s research on the effects of organophosphates, follow this link.

After the event, several of us met a local watering hole for a recap of the evening’s lessons and to discuss future WA NAME events, including WA NAME 2019 next August in Pt. Townsend, WA. If you’d like to get involved in future WA NAME events, including preparation for WA NAME 2019, feel free to contact Woody Moses (wmoses@highline.edu) or Maile Sullivan (mailesul@uw.edu). Hope to see next time!

Co-hosted by CaNOE and the BC Chapter of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators NAME BC

WHEN:  4:00 – 6:00 pm  Thursday, February 22

WHERE:  Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street, Victoria 

WHO:  Everyone welcome – bring a friend! 

WHAT:  Network with fellow educators and scientists, share your news and learn more about marine education and ocean literacy locally and across Canada. Let’s raise a ‘blue drink’ for the love of the ocean and all those who work to protect it.

RSVP:  To CaNOE or check out the Facebook Event

 

Appies provided …please share this invitation & hope to see you there!

 

Save the Date: July 29-August 2, 2018, Portland, Oregon

The NAME-Oregon team is hard at work planning an exciting conference in 2018! Please check back for more details about the conference—including presentations, lodging, and registration information—as they become available.

Join Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE), and the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) for a fun and informative ocean-focused Pro-D-Day. Become acquainted with the growing network advancing ocean literacy in Canada; explore cool, weird and wonderful marine creatures in the Museum’s collections; and dive into ONC’s Ocean Sense program to explore learning resources newly created for the BC curriculum that integrate western science with Indigenous place-based knowledge.

Who: Formal & informal educators with an ocean passion
When: Monday August 28th and Tuesday August 29th, 2017
Where: The Royal BC Museum; Newcombe Conference Hall
Cost: $0-25, depending on sessions selected

Click here to register at Eventbrite!