2013 NAME Conference

Join us in Beautiful British Columbia for Sky 2 Sea!

July 14-18 • Crescent Beach, BC • Camp Alexandra

In order to keep our conference green, we will not be providing a printed copy of the program. It is available for download so you can print it before arriving, or you can download it to your device to refer to during the conference.

Download the Conference Program

Conference ThemesBack to Top

Transforming Knowledge into Action

How do we inspire students to take that next step? How do we transform a lesson into action? What tools do students need to become the next aquatic stewards? Share tools, stories, and resources of how you are transforming knowledge into action!

Exploring the Watershed to the Deep-Sea

What we do on land eventually influences the ocean; how are the watershed and deep-sea connected? Share new scientific findings and resources to help bring the earth’s water system into the classroom.

New Waves in Aquatic Education

What is working and why? Share your ideas, curricula, materials, and favorite resources. Introduce participants to new methods you are using with your audiences.

Schedule at a GlanceBack to Top

Saturday, July 13

  • 5:00 pm—NAME Board Arrival
  • 7:00 pm—Board Dinner

Sunday, July 14

  • 8:00 am–12:00 pm—NAME Board of Directors meeting
  • 3:00 pm—Registration Opens
  • 7:00 pm—Opening Reception at Beecher Place

Monday, July 15

  • 7:30–9:00 am—Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00-10:00 am—Speaker: Nikki Wright and Earl Claxton
  • 10:00–11:00 am—Concurrent Session 1a
  • 10:30 am–12:00 pm—Concurrent Session 1b
  • 11:00 am–12:00 pm—Concurrent Session 2
  • 12:00–1:00 pm—Lunch
  • 1:00–2:00 pm—Concurrent Session 3
  • 2:00–3:30 pm—Concurrent Sessions 4
  • 5:00–6:00 pm—Dinner and Chapter Meetings
  • 8:00–10:00 pm—Campfire

Tuesday, July 16

  • 7:30–9:00 am—Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00–10:00 am—NAME Speaker & AGM
  • 10:00–11:00 am—Speaker: Elizabeth May
  • 11:00 am–12:00 pm—Concurrent Session 5
  • 12:00 pm—Brown Bag Lunch pick-up
  • Afternoon (varies)—Field Trips
  • 5:00–6:00 pm—BBQ Dinner
  • 6:00–8:00 pm—Poster Session and Silent Auction

Wednesday, July 17

  • 7:30–9:00 am—Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00-10:00 am—Speaker: Chris Harley
  • 10:00–11:00 am—Concurrent Session 6
  • 11:00 am–12:00 pm—Concurrent Session 7
  • 12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
  • 12:00–2:00 pm SeaFaire
  • 2:00–3:00 pm—Concurrent Session 8a
  • 2:00–3:30 pm—Concurrent Sessions 8b
  • 5:00–8:00 pm—Banquet Dinner, Live Auction, Raffle

Thursday, July 18

  • 7:30–9:00 am—Breakfast
  • 9:00–9:30 am—Closing Remarks & Slideshow
  • Varies—Post-conference Field Trips & Worshops

Sea FaireBack to Top

Sea Faire is a long standing tradition at NAME conferences.  It 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 free resources and ideas without having to either do a formal presentation or buy a commercial display.  Simply request table space and bring your materials with you to BC.  Sea Faire participants will be able to visit other Sea Faire exhibits during the time allotted.  The only requirement for Sea Faire is that you may not sell materials.  In the past we have had sand exchanges, fossil exchanges, laboratory ideas for the classroom, supplemental materials of interest to marine educators, as well as poster presentations.  You do not have to have something to share in order to attend Sea Faire.  Everyone is welcome, and having a lot of people there facilitates the exchange of ideas.  Clearly the more people who bring materials and ideas to share, the better the event will be.  Please consider bringing something and being an active participant.

SeaFaire Registration Form (Word)

Auction Items • Back to Top

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 (PDF)

Registration FeesBack to Top

This year, we are pleased to announce that the conference registration fee includes all meals, evening events, and lodging at beautiful Camp Alexandra in Crescent Beach, 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 Camp Alexandra, but no discounts will be offered for foregoing meals or lodging. Scholarship funds are available; please see the NAME scholarships page for more information.

We will be offering the following registration options:

Early Bird Registration (begins April 1, 2013)

  • Member: $ 330.00
  • Non-member: $ 355.00

Regular Registration (begins June 1, 2013)

  • Member: $ 375.00
  • Non-member: $ 400.00

Two-Day Registration: $230.00 members; $ 255.00 non-members

  • Option 1: Sunday afternoon through Tuesday lunch
  • Option 2: Tuesday dinner through Thursday breakfast

LodgingBack to Top

Accomodations at Camp Alexandra include bunkhouses and cabins that house 2 to 8 people per room in single or bunk beds. Descriptions of the available rooms are below, and room requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis during the registration process. No bedding will be provided, so please bring your own. Click on the map for more detailed information.

camp alexandra lodging[LONGHOUSE is now FULL] The two-story LONGHOUSE contains 24 beds in 12 rooms (2 people each), with balconies. There are four washrooms and two showers.

The STAGEHOUSE (Dorm A) contains 23 beds in five rooms (3, 4 or 8 people to a room), and has three washrooms with two showers.

There are seven CABINS, which accommodate four to eight people in bunk beds. There is no running water in the cabins. Washrooms for cabins are located at the SW end of the Office.

Participants are also welcome to pitch a tent on the grassy grounds of Camp Alexandra, but the same registration cost will apply.

Meals and lodging will be available for non-participating guests (ages 4 and up) as follows:

  • Full Conference: $300
  • Two-Day: $160
  • Reception (Sunday): $15
  • Banquet (Wednesday): $30

ScholarshipsBack to Top

Limited scholarship awards are available to NAME members and college students in need of financial assistance to attend our annual conferences. Scholarship funds can help with all or part of the conference registration fee and travel costs (an effort will be made to set up carpools). Please see the scholarship page for more information and application.

Scholarship Application

Award NominationsBack to Top

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 7th, 2013

Award Nomination Form (Word)

Awards will be presented at the NAME conference in Crescent Beach, BC on July 17, 2013

Getting to Crescent BeachBack to Top

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