Explore the Salish Sea: Jan 19th Workshop

Written by SeaDoc Society Science Director Joe Gaydos.

Want to host or attend a workshop?

This event is full, but we will be holding workshops in the Salish Sea throughout 2019. Would you like to attend or host one? Contact Mira Lutz at mdlutz@ucdavis.edu.


The SeaDoc Society presents 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.

What do you get when you bring classroom teachers and marine educators and scientists to the Aquarium for the day? A sea-wide network of experts, collaborating to raise ocean-literate Salish Sea youth.

You are invited to an interactive educator workshop to support our common goal of healing the Salish Sea by inspiring a lifetime of ocean literacy and stewardship in the next generation. Participants who sign up before January 1st will receive a copy of Explore the Salish Sea prior to workshop.

This workshop is being hosted by the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and participants will have the opportunity to spend some time in the new Pacific Seas Aquarium.

In this work shop, 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

  • Receive an example Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) inquiry to measure the efficacy of implementing SeaDoc Youth Education strategies in your science lessons

  • 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 5th 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!


January 19, 2019

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

8:20 - Introduction to SeaDoc, Explore the Salish Sea, and workshop goals

8:50 - Introductions and personal goals for workshop outcomes

9:05 - Begin NGSS-linked lesson with pre-assessment, slideshow, activity, and research design (question, hypothesis, procedure)

10:00 - Field trip to gather data (i.e. forage fish spawning survey)

10:50 - Easy data analysis using Excel, Google Sheets, or R

11:35 - Catered lunch on-site/visit exhibits

12:25 - Effective science communication and slideshow presentation-prep/Group Presentations

1:05 - Post-assessment to track student growth. End lesson demo.  TPEP inquiry idea description.

1:40 - How to align science lessons with NGSS by Disciplinary Core Idea, Practice, and Cross-cutting Concept

2:10 - Working groups: design an NGSS-based lesson for one chapter in Explore the Salish Sea

3:10 - Lesson presentations/idea sharing/feedback

3:40 - Networking for Salish Sea stewardship collaboration-building

4:20 - Workshop evaluations, clock hour form submission, Thanks

4:30 - Adjourn

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, 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.

Mira is a WWU Viking three times over. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Marine Emphasis from the Biology Department, a Teaching Certification from Woodring College of Education, and a Master of Science in Marine and Estuarine Science, researching blue carbon in Salish Sea eelgrass meadow ecosystems, from Huxley College of the Environment. She’s an avid Scientific Diver and kayaker and loves to play outside with her family throughout the Salish Sea watershed. Collaborative support will be provided by Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s Guest Engagement Programs Director, Cathleen McConnell, and by the Foss Waterway Seaport Director of Audience Engagement and Science Education, Kaddee Lawrence, Ph.D.