2011—“Restoring Watersheds Restoring Communities”

Lake Crescent.jpgJuly 13–16, 2011 • Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, WA

The 36th annual NAME Conference will be held at the Olympic Park Institute in Port Angeles, WA.


Download the Conference Program, or take a look at our Workshops and Concurrent Sessions!


This year, we are offering online registration through our membership database system. Click here to register. Although we are very excited about this new system, please understand that it is new to us and we are working through the registration process. If you have any questions about using the system or about your registration, please contact webmaster Jennifer Magnusson at

We will also be offering registration by mail, fax and email. Simply fill out the registration form and send it in, along with your payment.

Registration form (Word | Fillable PDF)

Thursday and Saturday—Concurrent Sessions “Sneak Preview”

This is a sneak preview of a few of the GREAT presentations that have been submitted. 
Full presentations program is in the works—check back soon.

  • Increasing awareness, knowledge and appreciation of nature using a unique field journaling system—Pat Willis
  • Science-Based Service Learning Projects: A Community Partnership—Tara Morrow and HS students
  • B-WET SWIMS: Salmon and Watershed Education in Whatcom County—Lindsay Taylor
  • K-12 Estuary Education—Glen Alexander
  • Ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest—Sarah Mikulak
  • Seals, Satellites, and STEM: What does NASA have to do with ocean science?—Katie Hart & Heidi Ebel
  • The Indigenous Science of Northwest Coastal Peoples—Gloria Snively
  • Using authentic data to teach science concepts: MBARI's EARTH Program—Jennifer Magnusson
  • Conservation Genetics in the Salish Sea: NOAA’s Teacher in the Lab Program—Casey Ralston
  • Marine Science Activities for the Classroom—Rus Higley & Vanessa Hunt
  • Population Ecology and What Can Be Learned From a Little Poop—Adrianne Akmajian
  • NOAA Resources to support Science and Social Studies learning for K-12 Audiences—Casey Ralston & Peggy Foreman


SeaFaire 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.

For this conference, SeaFaire will be open all day Wednesday and Thursday, July 13 and 14, in the Cedar Room at OPI. We are asking that all displays be set up soon after arrival/registration and left up until Thursday at 5:00 pm. All SeaFaire presenters are encouraged to be available for questions from 4:30–5:30 pm on Wednesday and/or during lunch (12:00–1:00 pm) on Thursday.

SeaFaire Registration Form (Word)


The annual NAME auction is one of the highlights of the conference….a chance to have fun, bid on really great items, and raise money for our mini-grant scholarship fund!

Have an auction item to donate? Here are some ideas for great “aquatic” auction items: jewelry; outdoor gear; any and all crafts/artwork; gift certificates for whale watching, fishing trips, bird watching, cabin/hotel/motel accommodations, or guided outdoor trips. There may be treasures in your attic just waiting for the NAME Auction! Solicitation of auction items on behalf of NAME is highly appreciated.

Auction Donation Form (Word)

Conference Themes:

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Fostering Sustainable Communities: How can marine and aquatic educators help connect what they are doing with the bigger picture? The power of people, culture, partnerships and looking towards the future.

Science for All:  Sharing current research related to restoration, marine environment, watersheds and education. Particular emphasis on science related to the Elwha Dam removal is welcomed.

Effective Teaching Practices for Formal/Informal Educators: What is working and why? Share your ideas, curricula, materials, and favorite resources.

Meaningful Watershed Experiences: The role of place-based education in changing behaviors and attitudes about our home watersheds. 

Conference at a Glance

(Click here for a full list of presentations and descriptions.)

Tuesday, July 12

  • 3:00 pm—NAME Board Meeting
  • 6:00 pm—Conference Committee meeting

Wednesday, July 13

  • 8:30 am—Registration Opens
  • 9:00–12:00 pm—Elwha Tours or free time to explore OPI campus
  • 10:00 am—SeaFaire Opens
  • 11:30–12:30 pm—Lunch
  • 12:30 pm—Welcome:
    • Kim Hanson: OPI Interim Director;
    • Todd Suess: Deputy Superintendent, Olympic National Park
  • 1:00 pm—Opening Speaker: Frances Charles: Tribal Chairwoman, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • 2:00–5:00 pm—Elwha Tours or Afternoon Workshops
  • 5:00-6:00 pm—SeaFaire
  • 6:00–7:00 pm—Dinner at OPI
  • 7:00–9:00 pm—Poster Session and Dessert Reception

Thursday, July 14

  • 7:30–8:30 am—Breakfast
  • 8:30–10:00 am—Elwha Discussion Panel
  • 10:00–12:00 pm—Concurrent Sessions
  • 12:00–12:45 pm—Lunch and SeaFaire
  • 12:45–1:45 pm—Speaker: Julia Parrish, University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science
  • 2:00–5:00 pm—Concurrent Sessions
  • 5:00–5:30 pm—Chapter Meetings
  • 6:00–9:00 pm—Salmon BBQ on OPI Lawn

Friday, July 15

  • 7:30–8:30 am—Breakfast and pack lunches
  • 9:00–4:00 pm—Field trips
  • 5:00–6:30 pm—Dinner and speaker: Lynda Mapes, Author and journalist, Seattle Times
  • 6:30–8:00 pm—Awards and Auction
  • 8:00–11:00 pm—Dance

Saturday, July 16

  • 7:30–8:30 am—Breakfast
  • 8:30–9:00 am—General Membership Meeting
  • 9:00–9:45 am—Speaker: Jan Newton, University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
  • 10:00–12:00 pm—Concurrent Sessions
  • 12:00–1:00 pm—Lunch
  • 1:00 pm—Closing Ceremony

Registration Costs

Student Member
Early-Bird Registration (through June 17)
Full Conference
Two-Day Registration: July 13-14
Two-Day Registration: July 15-16
Regular Registration (after June 17)
Full Conference
Two-Day Registration: July 13-14
Two-Day Registration: July 15-16
  • Full Conference includes all meals (Wed lunch through Sat lunch), events, sessions except field trips
  • July 13-14 Registration includes all meals, events, sessions on Wed. and Thu.
  • July 15-16 Registration includes all meals, events, sessions on Fri. and Sat. except field trips
  • Students must show current student identification card at registration
  • Non-member fees include a one-year membership to NAME

Cancellation Policy:
If cancellation occurs by June 27, a portion will be refunded.
No refunds for cancellations after June 27, 2011.

Award Nominations

It is time again to take a closer look at celebrating our profession, our work, our wisdom and our accomplishments.  What can be more gratifying then honoring a peer for his/her work in the profession of aquatic and marine education.  Please share the following information!

Do you know of any deserving souls who have put their hearts into aquatic and marine education?  Here is your chance to honor and recognize the work of your peers by sending in your nomination for outstanding marine/aquatic educator and/or organization for one of NAME's Annual Awards.

Nominations are due Friday, June 10th, 2011

Award Nomination Form (Word)

Awards will be presented at the NAME conference at
Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, July 13-16, 2011