NAME 2015 Conference

One Place, Many Voices: Celebrating our Local Waters

July 20-24, 2015 • Seattle, Washington

Conference Details—all of the information you need to know about the upcoming conference. Please email us with any questions:

Conference Program—Save paper and access our conference program online or on your device! Download the program here.

Registration is still available!
Please visit our online registration system to complete your conference registration. Contact if you have any questions.

Reservations for lodging must be booked separately via the Campus Housing website. Conference housing will be assigned based on availability.

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) is a dynamic organization of professionals dedicated to sharing the world of water and using the allure of marine and freshwater places to excite audiences about learning.   

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 July 20-24, at the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington.


Diversity / Connecting cultures and communities
Do your programs reflect the diverse communities of your area? How do you address social justice and equity issues in aquatic and marine science programming? How do you make sure your class curriculum is culturally sensitive and relevant to the communities you serve?  Share your tips, techniques and lessons learned for successfully connecting all learners with the aquatic world.

Innovative Teaching, Research and Restoration 
Do you have a cool or new science lesson, restoration project, citizen science program, or community learning project to share? Are you incorporating the latest breaking research into your teaching or bringing specialists into your classroom? We are looking for teachers, informal educators, researchers or marine science loving citizens who want to share an innovative new idea or project they have been working on.

Urban Watersheds
Do you teach about freshwater environments or urban watersheds?  How do you incorporate “calls to action” and solutions in discussions about human impacts on aquatic ecosystems?  Share your knowledge and tips about freshwater programming in urban environments and how you make the connection to our one big ocean.


There are three presentation formats: Oral Presentation, Hands-on Workshop or Poster presentation.   We encourage you to collaborate with other educators on presentations to present multiple perspectives and/or offer panel discussions on similar programming. If you would like to be grouped with educators presenting on similar topics, select “15 minutes” for your presentation time and NAME will connect you with two other presenters.

Most presentation rooms will have WiFi, a computer and a projector. Please bring presentations on a memory stick, USB Flash drive, or disk.   The conference building is surrounded by a patio and grassy outdoor spaces if your presentation requires time outside of the classroom.

Oral Presentations: (15 or 45 minute sessions)
Standard classroom presentations.

Hands-On Workshops: (15 or 45 minute sessions)
No PowerPoints allowed! Share your favorite hands-on marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or art projects with your colleagues. If you need access to water in your presentation room, please indicate below.  Past hands on sessions have featured: giant squid dissections, octopus parachute fun, surface tension experiments, build a buoy and more.

Poster Session:
Tuesday evening
The poster session is an engaging way to share education, research, or citizen science projects.  This evening session will provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn more about current projects and to talk directly with scientists and educators during an informal evening reception.  If you are selected to present a poster, we will provide additional information regarding set-up and take-down process, approximate size of the posters, and how posters will be mounted and displayed. No A/V equipment will be available during this session.  

Questions? Contact Giovannina Souers at or (206) 446-0007


Washington Clock Hours or Oregon PDU's will be offered for teachers attending this conference. More information coming soon!

If you are interested in earning clock hours or PDU's, please check the appropriate box on the form when you register and we will provide you with additional instructions and/or any necessary paperwork.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2015 NAME Conference.