Explore the Salish Sea Educator Workshop

Marine Science and technology center, Highline college


October 19, 2019

Team SeaDoc is working our way around the Salish Sea to build Salish Sea curriculum collaboratively with local teachers and marine experts. Our next stop is King County!

Written by SeaDoc Society Science Director Joe Gaydos and Board member, Audrey Benedict.

Want to help host a workshop?

We will be holding workshops in the Salish Sea throughout 2019 and 2020. Would you like co-host? Contact Mira at mdlutz@ucdavis.edu.



The October 19th workshop registration is live! Complete the fields below if you will join the adventure:

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If you have any questions, contact our Education Coordinator, Mira, at mdlutz@ucdavis.edu. 


We give thanks to Mitsubishi Corporation for their belief in our education goals and for their generosity in sponsoring five SeaDoc Workshops, including this one.


Workshop links

SeaDoc Society is teaming up with Highline College’s MaST Aquarium to present a free, one-day workshop for tooling up to teach Next Generation Science Standards-linked Salish Sea Curriculum. Earn 8 Washington State-approved TPEP and STEM Clock Hours.

You are invited to an interactive educator workshop to support our common goal of ocean literacy and Salish Sea stewardship in the next generation. Participants who sign up before October 7th will receive a copy of Nautilus Award-winning Explore the Salish Sea prior to workshop.

This workshop is being held at Highline College. We will begin the day in their MaST aquarium with some underwater exploration, then move to a classroom on main campus to complete the day.

In this workshop, you will…

  • Receive hands-on, NGSS-linked Salish Sea-based lesson plans for your students, based on the best-selling book, Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids

  • Earn 8 Washington State-approved TPEP and STEM Clock Hours

  • Receive a free copy of Explore the Salish Sea, A Nature Guide for Kids for yourself

  • Receive free class sets of the new Explore the Salish Sea books for 4th - 8th graders in Title I schools

  • Connect with nearby marine science and stewardship experts who may visit your classroom or support a field experience, or with classroom teachers to support their students’ marine ecosystem education

  • Enjoy a delicious lunch provided by SeaDoc!

Workshop Goals

  1. Registrants will be able to implement the SeaDoc Youth Education Program’s Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS)-aligned Salish Sea curriculum and to design an NGSS-linked lesson plan after experiencing a hands-on example lesson and a guided demonstration of how to navigate the NGSS and build a NGSS-based lesson.

  2. Participants will be able to lead an authentic scientific investigation which can be replicated for their students after conducting an authentic inquiry with their Workshop Working Groups.

  3. Registrants will build a supportive network of classroom teachers and marine experts, offering stewardship opportunities within their local communities.


SeaDoc Society’s Education Coordinator, Mira Lutz Castle, M.S., comes from fourteen years in K-12 Science teaching and NGSS-aligned curriculum-development in the Anacortes School District, four years of Biology and Environmental Science laboratory instruction and Public Education Program development for Western Washington University (WWU), and two years of public education as an Interpretive Ranger for Washington State Parks.

A Viking at heart, Mira earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Marine Emphasis, Teaching Certification, and Master of Science in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western. She’s an avid Scientific Diver and loves to play outside with her family throughout the Salish Sea watershed.

Finding the Mast Center


We will begin the day at the Mast Center (Redondo Beach Dr.) and move to main campus at 10am


Click here for a campus map and driving directions to MaST and Campus

Contact mdlutz@ucdavis.edu for accessibility questions


october 19, 2019

8:00am - Check-in, coffee and light snacks, visiting, clock hour forms

8:30 - Welcome to MaST and Highline College Introduction to SeaDoc Society, Salish Sea Institute, Explore the Salish Sea, and workshop goals

9:10 - Begin NGSS-linked lesson and hands-on investigation

10:00 - Break

10:10 - Easy data analysis in Google Sheets

11:00 - Effective science communication : QCEE forum

11:45 - Catered lunch on-site

12:15 - Relationship building and resource sharing by participants

12:30 - Become a Junior SeaDoctor! Explore the rich resources in our online club for kids.

12:40 - Brief intro to aligning science lessons with NGSS by Disciplinary Core Idea, Practice, and Cross-cutting Concept

1:15 - Working groups: design an NGSS-based lesson for one chapter in Explore the Salish Sea

1:45 - Break

1:55 - Working groups ctd.

3:20 - Lesson presentations/idea sharing/feedback

4:20 - Workshop evaluations, clock hour reminder, Thanks

4:30 - Adjourn