Register for marine educators conference

Educators of all kinds and those interested in learning more about marine education are invited to register for the annual conference of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators to be held in Friday Harbor July 9-12.

This year’s theme is “Living on an Island: Salish Sea Stewardship.”

Sessions will be held at Friday Harbor Middle School, with field trips throughout the island. Single day registration is available. 

Learn from educators how to strengthen scientific inquiry and promote problem-based learning. Teachers may opt to earn clock hours through ESD 189. Take in the talks from keynote speakers such as Joe Gaydos, Claudia Mills and Jim Lynch, who wrote the best-selling book, The Highest Tide.

Enjoy optional field trips with local naturalists. At Friday Harbor Labs, learn about some of the research going on or participate in one of two available excursions or visit Yellow Island, managed by The Nature Conservancy.

Evening activities range from appetizers at Friday Harbor House to a dinner-auction to a dessert hour on the 101’ schooner the Adventuress, followed by the Jim Lynch presentation at the Mullis Community Center. The Whale Museum is hosting a very special Pod Nod for the children of conference participants. 

For conference details, visit or call Susie Vanderburg at (360) 357-3513.

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