Educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and British Columbia are invited to meet, learn, share, and socialize. This year’s conference will be held August 14 – 18, at Pearson College in Metchosin, BC (near Victoria).
1. Ocean Literacy
The ocean defines our planet and affects all natural processes on the earth. Being ocean literate means understanding how the ocean influences us and how we, in turn, influence the ocean. The seven principals of ocean literacy encompass many disciplines and help guide us to increase ocean literacy in our communities. What tools do you use to help increase your students’ ocean literacy? Do you address any of the seven principles of ocean literacy in your classroom or community?
2. Connecting to Place: Environmental Education and Indigenous Sciences
In British Columbia and around the world, educators are working to emphasize the importance of incorporating Indigenous knowledge into the science curriculum. This approach also values the importance of connection to place and to each other. Do all cultures have their own science? What tools have you used to incorporate Indigenous science and other cultural concepts into your curricula? How can this place-based approach to environmental education translate into global stewardship?
3. Watersheds: communities without borders
Everything is connected. Even land-locked regions are ultimately connected to the ocean, and far-removed human activities such as farming and urban development influence ocean health through the freshwater systems that connect them. How do you incorporate themes around human activities that influence the health of watersheds into your curriculum? What tools have you used to help increase the resilience of your local waterways? How have your students taken action to protect your local waterway? What tools do you use to raise awareness about these issues in your school and community?
This year, we are pleased to announce that the conference registration fee includes all meals, evening events, and lodging at beautiful Pearson College in Metchosin, BC. Mealtimes and evening events provide excellent opportunities for networking, sharing, and extending learning. We encourage locals to stay for meals, if not overnight as well, in order to build on the relationships and conversations they will begin during the daytime sessions. Participants are not required to eat or stay at Pearson College, but no discounts will be offered for foregoing meals or lodging. Scholarship funds are available; please see the NAME scholarships page for more information.
Dorm rooms all contain two bunkbeds, and can be reserved to house 1 to 4 people per room. Common areas act as a gathering space or meeting room, and include a kitchenette. Bathrooms are shared, and guest WiFi is available across campus.
This year, we are offering Canadians the option to pay by cheque or credit card in Canadian funds to avoid international fees. Please note that all payments through the online registration system will be completed in USD and prices will be listed accordingly.
If you would like to pay in Canadian funds, please select "Invoice Me" during the online registration process, and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A separate invoice will be sent in CDN$.