Explore the Salish Sea Educator Workshop

Salish Sea Institute, Western Washington university


August 7, 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 Bellingham!

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.


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SeaDoc Society is teaming up with the Salish Sea Institute 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 July 15 will receive a copy of Nautilus Award-winning Explore the Salish Sea prior to workshop.

This workshop is being held at Western Washington University (specific location tbd).

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.


See our progress to date at:


Finding WWU


Click here for a campus map and locate the s.m.a.t.e. building

parking Lots labeled C/Cr and 12A have nearest access

Contact mdlutz@ucdavis.edu for accessibility questions


August 7, 2019

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

8:30 - Welcome to Lummi traditional territory. 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 - Explore S.M.A.T.E. resources for STEM educators.

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