2017 Coastal Learning Symposium Program

All of the below is subject to change up until the day of the Symposium!

SCHEDULE

8:00-9:15  Registration and check in at Oregon Coast Aquarium (Lobby)
               Refreshments available in Ferry Slip Café at Oregon Coast Aquarium (Please bring your own travel mug for tea and coffee!)

9:15 Buses depart for sessions at Hatfield Marine Science Center from Aquarium front entrance

9:30-10:30 Session 1 Workshops

10:45     Buses depart for Hatfield Marine Science Center from Aquarium front entrance
             Buses depart for Oregon Coast Aquarium from Hatfield Marine Science Center parking lot

11:00-12:00 Session 2 Workshops

12:15 Buses depart for Oregon Coast Aquarium from Hatfield Marine Science Center parking lot

12:15-1:15 Lunch at Oregon Coast Aquarium
               Pick up your boxed lunch in Gleason Event Room. You may eat in Gleason, our Classroom, the Cafe, the Lunch Pavilion, or anywhere on our campus! (see map for suggested locations)

1:15 Buses depart for field trips from Aquarium front entrance

4:00 Buses return to Aquarium

4:00-5:00 Special Behind The Scenes experiences and refreshments in the Aquarium's Gleason Event Room


SESSION 1 WORKSHOPS (9:30am-10:30am)

Sandy Beach Lab
Focus Ecosystem: Sandy Shores
Presenter: Kathryn Hawes, Marine Education Coordinator, Oregon Sea Grant/Hatfield Marine Science Center
Target audience: Elementary
DescriptionExplore a sandy beach without getting wet as we uncover unique critters and mysterious beach finds.  Examine sand samples from Oregon and compare them to other beaches of the world, then discover the many creatures found on sandy beaches and how they survive in this dynamic environment.

Under Pressure: Dealing with depth off the Oregon Coast
Focus Ecosystem: Rocky Shores
Presenter: Anna Welsh, Aquarist Intern, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Target Audience: Middle School, High School
Description: Ocean animals have many different strategies for dealing with pressure. This talk will go over a basic explanation of atmospheric pressure, different strategies that fish use; focusing on local species (sharks, tuna, sardines etc), with a special focus on rockfish barotrauma, a current conservation issue. I will lead a demonstration of how to create a "Cartesian diver" to demonstrate concepts with students.

It's not all about old trees: An introduction to new and old growth
Focus Ecosystem: Coastal Forests
PresenterVicki Penwell, Lead Field Ranger and Jaime Hunt, Youth Engagement Coordinator, USFS Siuslaw National Forest
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School
Description: In this program we will be explaining about the forest's interconnectedness and how the natural forest is constantly undergoing succession.  If you take one thing out it could mess the whole thing up!  We will be discussing the forest community, including food chains and food webs and how producers, consumers and decomposers interact with each other and within the forest.  We'll also be delving into the forest "niches" and explain about the special arrangements within the ecosystem so species aren't competing with each other.  We will also cover critical habitat; which will include discussing the spotted owl, marbled murrelet, coho salmon, and the silverspot butterfly.  You will walk away with a forest of information and activity ideas that you could take back to your classroom.  

Build a Boat for Scientific Research
Focus Ecosystem: Open Ocean
Presenter: Renee O'Neill, Oregon Sea Grant and Joan Swafford, OSU Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) Program
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: Learn about the Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) Project which is leading the design and construction of the next class of ocean-going research vessels.  Discover what goes into designing and building a research vessel to study the ocean, and engage in a hands on activity that demonstrates buoyancy, boat design, and tradeoffs to meet vessel needs such as speed, stability, weight, and space.

Oregon Seagrass
Focus Ecosystem: Estuaries
Presenter: Fiona Tomas-Nash and Jennifer Motley, OSU Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: Learn about the importance of seagrass beds in Oregon’s coastal ecosystems and techniques for monitoring them. Educators will explore seagrass beds and engage in hands on activities that they can take back to the classroom and share with students.  

Using probeware to monitor water quality parameters in your watershed
Focus Ecosystem: Rivers/Watersheds
Presenter: Colleen McDaniel, Vernier Software and Technology
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: Learn how to develop a basic water quality monitoring program or just study water quality parameters using probeware. Adding technology to your program helps to engage students and allows more time for observations while correlating them with quantifiable data. Ways to measure temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids, flow, and nutrients will be discussed and shown. In this workshop, also learn how to use Google Maps and ArcGIS to map geo-tagged water quality measurements. Come see how any grade level can get involved in collecting water quality data or monitoring.

Explore your School Yard!
Focus Ecosystem: Backyard/Schoolyard
Presenter: McKenzie Purdom, Education Specialist, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Target Audience: Pre-K, Elementary
Description: School yards hold a variety of opportunities for enriching experiences that enhance student development, support standards, and compliment environmental literacy principles. Discover techniques on how to engage students in outdoor exploration during this interactive workshop. 



SESSION 2 WORKSHOPS (11:00am-12:00pm)

Alien Invaders of the Oregon Dunes!
Focus Ecosystem: Sandy Shores
Presenter: Vicki Penwell, Lead Field Ranger and Jaime Hunt, Youth Engagement Coordinator, USFS Siuslaw National Forest
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School
Description: In this program we will be discussing the invasive species of the Oregon Dunes and their impact, including their impact on reducing the open dune habitat and the effects on the plants and animals (including the pacific martin, snowy plover, and humans!).  We will explain the history of how we got to this point and the issues we face moving forward.  The program will include about 30 minutes of dune information and 30 minutes of potential student activities.  

Watershed Explorations
Focus Ecosystem: Rivers/Watersheds
Presenter: Renee O'Neill, Oregon Sea Grant
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: Join the StreamWebs Student Stewardship Network as we model a short meaningful watershed education experience that helps educators teach about our state’s watersheds, coasts and the ocean. StreamWebs is an online student data network and shares best practices for bringing students into the field to collect and share data. This workshop session will emphasize preparing students for a field experience and analyzing data back in the classroom.  Educators will be introduced to the new StreamWebs website and receive curriculum resources.

Oregon Coast's Open Ocean
Focus Ecosystem: Open Ocean
Presenter: Sage Butts, Senior Aquarist, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Target Audience: Middle School, High School
Description: This program will focus on open ocean ecosystems, the food web, keystone species, and apex predators. We will focus on Oregon specific ecosystems. Even in the open ocean there is complex food web which humans play a huge role in that we will discuss. We will talk about some key species in the open ocean like rockfish, krill, plankton, halibut, and schooling fishes with a major focus on the most awesome apex predator, sharks! 

All about Estuaries:  Fun Activities for the Classroom and Playground 
Focus Ecosystem: Estuaries
Presenter: Dr Kristi Foster, Education Coordinator, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
Target Audience: Elementary
Description: An estuary is where a river meets the sea – a beautiful area of constant transition.  Tillamook Estuaries Partnership will share with you several of its most popular activities which teach about ecosystem interactions, biodiversity, and the water cycle in and around estuaries. Students pantomime predator-prey relationships during changing tide levels.  “Great Migration” challenges children to find suitable landing spots along migration routes, while they flap their arms as wings and squawk like birds.  Transform children into water droplets that travel through the “Incredible Journey” that is the water cycle.  Funny props are used to represent insect and avian body parts as well as adaptations for life in estuaries in “Build-a-Bug” and “Build-a-Bird”.  Your whole class will be laughing while they learn about estuary science through activities that may be easily linked to Life Science NGSS and Ocean Literacy standards.

Coastal Forests: activities for your classroom
Focus Ecosystem: Coastal Forests
Presenters: Rikki Heath, Environmental Educator, Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) and Valerie Grant, Assistant Professor, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension serving Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln Counties
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School
Description: This session will provide teachers with a background in coastal forest ecosystems and share opportunities and resources for forest ecosystem education. The classroom session will demonstrate activities that you can do in your classroom with an elementary and secondary activity example including learning about forest types and competition amongst trees. 

Explore your School Yard!
Focus Ecosystem: Backyard/Schoolyard
Presenter: McKenzie Purdom, Education Specialist, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Target Audience: Pre-K, Elementary
Description: School yards hold a variety of opportunities for enriching experiences that enhance student development, support standards, and compliment environmental literacy principles. Discover techniques on how to engage students in outdoor exploration during this interactive workshop. 

Students as Marine Citizen Scientists
Focus Ecosystem: Nearshore
Presenter: Melissa Keyser, Program Coordinator, Haystack Rock Awareness Program and Christine Smith, Coordinator for Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve/Director of Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
DescriptionCitizen science is scientific research, gathered by volunteers from any background, which is then used by real scientists to examine or draw conclusions about the environment from which the data is collected. Teachers will learn about the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve (Friends of CFMR) and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP),which leads the way in environmental education on the Oregon Coast. Both groups participate in numerous marine-based citizen science programs which students can also participate in.  Join us to learn more about how students can become real marine citizen scientists or examine data collected by citizen scientists in their own class room. 

Exploring Oregon's Rocky Shores
Focus Ecosystem: Rocky Shores
Presenter: Sara Shaw-Roberts, School Liaison, Oregon Coast Aquarium
Target Audience: Elementary
Description: Learn about the unique species that call our rocky shores home and their adaptations for surviving in their ever-changing habitat! During this interactive workshop you will gain an understanding and appreciation for these amazing coastal creatures, and practice strategies for teaching about them. Participants will receive a copy of the Explore Oregon's Rocky Shores curriculum packet for 3rd-5th graders, recently created by Oregon Coast Aquarium.


FIELD TRIPS (1:30pm-4:00pm)

Discover Yaquina Head
Focus Ecosystem: Rocky Shores
Presenter: Meredith Matherly and Chloe Goldade Holbrook, Education Technicians, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: Discover why more than 4,000 students visit Yaquina Head annually. Briefly explore all the park has to offer by getting a whirlwind look at the Interpretive Center, Lighthouse, wildlife, and beach areas. Receive a sneak peak into a variety of coastal-themed tidepool activities offered for K-12 students each Spring. Learn about our free ranger-led programs and how you can register your class for one.  Activities will take place on cobble beach, weather permitting, as the tide goes out. Expect to be engaged both indoors and out. Please wear sturdy shoes (no flip flops) for walking on uneven and slippery rocks. Bring a raincoat to ensure the sun shines. 

Mapping the Sandy Shore with Science and Art
Focus Ecosystem: Sandy Shores
Presenter:  Anne Armstrong, OMSI Coastal Discovery Center Manager; Allison Einolf, OMSI Outdoors Instructor; Val Arias, OMSI Outdoors Instructor
Target Audience: Middle School, High School
Description: We'll start at the South Beach Day use area to collectively document a segment of the beach. Possible data points will be: plants, evidence of animals, sand/wave patterns or the wrack line. Then, we’ll drive to OMSI’s Camp Gray to build a map based on our data that will further our understanding of the dynamic influences of the sandy shore. The goal is to test and discuss activity ideas that integrate science and art in an effort to understand coastal ecology.

Estuary Explorations on Yaquina Bay
Focus Ecosystem: Estuaries
Presenter: Dr Bill Hanshumaker, OSU/Hatfield Marine Science Center/Oregon Sea Grant
Target Audience: Middle School, High School
Description: Using quadrats and slurp sticks, we will compare invertebrate diversity and abundance between the sub tidal and intertidal tidal zones. Again using quadrats, participants will compare plants of the upper and lower salt marsh, measuring diversity and identifying indicator species. We will also identify the upland vegetation along the estuary trail, with an emphasis on how these plants were used by native peoples. Please wear rubber boots and appropriate clothing for an up close and hands-on examination of four habitats found in an estuary. 

Wild Habitats in your Schoolyard
Focus Ecosystem: Backyard/Schoolyard
Presenter: Debi Lorence and Dianne Wright, Oregon Natural Resources Education Program
Target Audience: Pre-K, Elementary
Description: During this organized nature walk, teachers will learn strategies for taking students outside and apply new experiential learning tactics for young learners.  Teachers will come away with tools and resources that they can take back with them to implement immediately in their own school yards.  Lessons taught are all NGGS aligned.

Explore the Coastal Forests at Yaquina Nature Preserve
Focus Ecosystem: Coastal Forests
Presenters: Rikki Heath, Environmental Educator, Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) and Valerie Grant, Assistant Professor, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension serving Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln Counties
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School
Description: This session will provide teachers with a background in coastal forest ecosystems and share opportunities and resources for forest ecosystem education. We will travel to the Coastal Forest Ecosystem at Yaquina Nature Preserve. We will demonstrate both elementary and secondary activities in field. We will learn about the foodweb, and use our senses to discover animals living in this ecosystem. 

Rivers: Connecting the Forest and the Sea
Focus Ecosystem: Rivers/Watersheds
PresenterChristine Clapp, ODFW STEP Biologist; Jamie Hunt, USFS Youth Engagement Coordinator; Ana Hernandez, USFS Fish Biologist; Kacey Largent, USFS Hydrologist; Jim Grano, Siuslaw Salmon and Watershed Studies Project Manager
Target audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
DescriptionAttendees will experience a typical introductory watershed science field trip, similar to SalmonWatch, that will feature fish anatomy via dissection, macro-invertebrate collection/analysis, water quality monitoring, riparian plants, and riparian wildlife.  Each learning station will be 20-25 minutes and handouts and contact information will be provided to help you plan a field trip for your students. Colleen McDaniel of Vernier will also be present with several Vernier instruments for you to try in the field.

Sea Life Cruise with Marine Discovery Tours
Focus Ecosystems: Open Ocean/Nearshore
Presenter: Marine Discovery Tours, Newport, OR
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: Look for gray whales, harbor porpoise, seals, sea lions, pelicans, bald eagles, and an abundance of marine birds.  Enjoy the incredible scenery of our bay, river, and coastline featuring the largest fishing fleet on the Oregon Coast, our historic bridge, two lighthouses, and fun activities for all ages!


Special Behind The Scenes experiences and refreshments in the Aquarium's Gleason Event Room (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Join us in Gleason for light appetizers and an opportunity to network with colleagues from across Oregon. At 4:15 and 4:35, meet our Aquarium educators to get a sneak peek behind our exhibits!

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