Join NOAA at the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference

September 28, 2018

NOAA Education will be at the 2018 North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference from October 10-13 in Spokane, Washington.

Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School students work with the Environmental Science Center to sample macroinvertebrates at a field study site in Washington state as part of a 2017 NOAA-21st CCLC Watershed STEM Education Partnership Grant.

In 2018, our programs have been busy developing and evaluating ocean, atmosphere, and estuary education experiences. We can’t wait to share what we have been working on and to learn from top environmental educators from around the world. Here are ways to connect with NOAA at NAAEE 2018offsite link:

Thursday, October 11


Creating Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences in the Pacific Northwest
8:30–10:00 a.m. · Abstractoffsite link

The Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET) addresses the unique environmental challenges of the region through locally relevant, experiential, and hands-on activities that include learning outdoors and in the classroom. 

Global Ocean Literacy: Join the Rising Tide 
8:30–10:00 a.m. · Abstractoffsite link

Organized by the Coastal and Environmental Learning Center Network, hear from leading organizations on the intersections between ocean health and environmental education. 

Climate Change Teachers on the Estuary Training for Resilient Communities
10:30–11:10 a.m. · Abstractoffsite link

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserveoffsite link provides teacher professional development with its Climate Teachers on the Estuary Training (TOTE) that promotes civic-based solutions and students’ emotional resilience. 

Pioneering Program Evaluation: Do Parents Value an Ocean Stewardship Program? (Poster)
1:15–2:15 p.m. · Abstractoffsite link

NOAA’s Ocean Guardian School program used evaluation to understand how parents value the stewardship program. 

From Online to Outside: E-Learning to Support Field-Based Education
2:30–3:10 p.m. · Abstractoffsite link

Online learning provides new opportunities to reach audiences, interact with users, and prioritize investigation over lectures during outdoor field experiences.

Creating Your Own Climate and Energy Education Units with
4:15–5:45 p.m. · Abstractoffsite link

A NOAA Climate Program Office partner, the online Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Networkoffsite link collection has peer-reviewed and standards-ready resources to support educators in teaching about climate and energy issues.

Enhancing Community Resilience to Climate Change Through Education
4:15–5:45 p.m. · Abstractoffsite link

NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program supports four education projects that are developing children and youth as advocates for community resilience to a range of climate change impacts.

Ocean Education Social
5:45–7:00 p.m. · Abstractoffsite link

Join Ocean Wise, the Coastal Ecosystems Learning Centers, and NOAA for conversation and networking about ocean literacy and conservation.

October 12, 2018


Grant Writing Tips for NOAA Proposals 

8:30–9:10 a.m. · Abstractoffsite link
An introduction to applying for NOAA grants, featuring Program Officers from the Environmental Literacy and B-WET Programs.

Navigating Ocean Education on Dry Land (Roundtable Discussion Subsession)

10:30–11:10 a.m. · Abstractoffsite link
Seattle Aquarium, NOAA, and Ocean Wise will lead a discussion on activating landlocked communities to participate in ocean conservation. 

Inspiring and Measuring Positive Conservation Behavior Change in Informal Settings 

2:15–2:55 p.m. · Abstractoffsite link
Meet the 2018 Knauss Fellow working in the Office of Education as she presents her previous work evaluating student behavior change after field trips. 

Understanding Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences: NOAA B-WET Program National Evaluation

4:00–4:40 p.m. · Abstractoffsite link
Learn about a national evaluation system designed to inform seven diverse NOAA B-WET regional grant programs.  

Follow the sessions at and join the conversation online about #NAAEE2018. You can reach us on Twitter (@NOAAeducation), Instagram (, and Facebook (@NOAAEducationOutreach).