SPLASHmail          Events, news and views for the ocean-minded           JUNE 2016

Field trip. For most people, just reading those words brings back memories of bus rides and bagged lunches; and the sights, sounds, and smells of a day of freedom.  But when I  think of my favourite field trip ever, I think of hagfish slime.

The value of outdoor learning, whether you’re 9 or 92, is that you get to feel and smell and see things in ways that make you learn, and remember, differently. In my case, a multi-day immersion field trip to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre gave me the opportunity to feel the disgustingly snot-like slime of a hagfish. Almost 40 years ago, it’s still a vivid memory. We also pulled up dredge nets and marveled at the diversity of life living on the sea floor, inhaled the sharp scent of seaweed and salt air, and listened to crashing waves while we flipped and poked and perched over tide pools, searching for limpets and other intertidal life.

Educators and researchers agree that learning is facilitated by “shared and direct experience of the surroundings”. Field trippers get to share the excitement caused by the unexpected, and experience a personal connection to the outdoors through a process of discovery that simply can’t be reproduced by videos, podcasts, textbooks, or fact sheets, no matter how engaging.

At CaNOE we strongly believe in the power of field trips and that’s why our annual conference is bracketed by a wide range of opportunities to get wet, or get wild. We know that whichever you choose you’ll take home lasting memories.
Here's a tempting sample of what we have planned!

Seacology By Kayak (Tuesday June 7th, 4:30pm-8:00pm)
A specialized guided kayaking tour, with local ocean and coastal scientists. The tour will focus on a variety of ocean and coastal science topics such as marine, coastal, boreal-bog, island and plant ecology, oceanography, geology, and the fishing industry.

McNabs Island (Wednesday June 8th, 8:30am-2:30pm)
Go on a boat ride to McNabs Island and take part in a historical and naturalist tour of the shoreline and history of the Island. Price includes a water taxi, and a donation to Friends of McNabs Island who volunteer their time to maintain the island and provide tours.

Guided Snorkel and Beach Clean-up (Thursday June 9th, 8:00am-12:00pm)
A beach clean up and guided snorkel tour off the coast of Nova Scotia. All gear (snorkel, mask, fins, wetsuit) provided. You will be emailed after registering to confirm your size so you can be outfitted with properly fitted gear.

Like what you see? Then you'll love the rest of them, but register by the June 5th deadline or you'll be left standing on the shore!

P.S. Can't make the conference, but are dying to go on one of our awesome field trips? No worries, you're still welcome aboard. And remember, it's Oceans Week, no matter where you live there is probably an ocean-related event happening nearby. Can't find one? Well then, you're just going to have to plan your own!
Thanks to the generous and wonderful work of Alex and Julie from Journeyman Film Company along with our team, we're happy to share CaNOE's new promotional video... Just click on the above image (it's only one minute long)!

Celebrate Ocean Week (June 3-12)
in Halifax this year with a keynote public talk from Dr. Elin Kelsey on hope, optimism, and ocean education! This event kicks off the 2016 CaNOE Conference and is made possible with generous support from Ocean Networks Canada. There will be a reception following the presentation. Check out our Facebook event for more information.

Are you a tweeter? Join the conversation and get regular updates by following #CaNOE2016 as we live-tweet this year's conference from Dalhousie University. Don't forget to check out #OceanOptimism and #OceanLiteracy during the conference (and the rest of the year as well!).
CaNOE Annual General Meeting
Saturday, June 11, 9-10:30am ADT 
Breakfast provided!

Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
All CaNOE members are invited to attend!
Here are your new Board nominees and the agenda .

On our website, we have a fantastic blog that tells the stories of CaNOE members—the experiences they have had, the outreach they have done, and plans for the future. Its success, however, lies very much with YOU! Why should you write a blog post you ask?  Our blog co-ordinator, Sam Andrews, gives five reasons why, starting with The Simpsons...  Read more

A team is only as good as its leader, and the CaNOE Board of Directors was lucky to have a GREAT leader for its inaugural year! We are sorry to see Michelle Lloyd step down to focus on smaller and mightier things (such as a first baby!) and wish to thank her, and the rest of the 2015-16 Directors, for their dedication to advancing ocean literacy in Canada.
Follow us on Twitter! @OceanLitCanada

Upcoming Events

Help us promote ocean education events in Canada and beyond by telling us what you or others are planning.  Click here to submit an event for the next SPLASHmail!


2nd Ocean Literacy in Canada Conference & AGM - Canadian Network for Ocean Education
June 7-12 including fieldtrips.  Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Free public keynote on ‘Ocean Optimism’, by marine educator Dr. Elin Kelsey. CaNOE AGM on June 11.
Coastal Zone Canada Conference
June 12-14. Toronto, ON.
Theme:  Coastal Futures - Resilience through Collaboration

The Nova Scotia SeaSchool Open Ocean Day Sail & Team Building Program
June 1-30, Halifax Harbour, NS       
Don't miss this opportunity to get your group performing like a true ship's crew.
Aros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival
June 2-5. Cape Breton, NS
2nd annual festival to celebrate the scientific and natural virtues of the Bras d'Or Lakes.

World Oceans Day on the Gorge - World Fisheries Trust
June 4, 11-3PM. Gorge Waterway, Victoria, BC
Interpretive walks, guided Songhees canoe tours, crafts, live music, informative displays and ocean-related activities for all ages.

World Oceans Day Celebration
June 5,  11-3PM. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney, BC
Celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Exhibitors, activities, beach walks, raptor presentation and more!

World Oceans Day
June 8. Planet Earth
Rally the world for our shared ocean; focus is on marine plastics pollution prevention. Check the website for an event near you...
Emerald Forest: World Oceans Day Live Dive
June 8, 11AM and 1PM PDT.  Fish Eye Project, off the coast of Vancouver Island, BC
From your phone to the giant screen, go diving without getting wet on World Oceans Day through live interactive underwater cinema, a world's first in giant screen theatres from beneath the waves.
2016 Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture 
June 8. Halifax, NS
Interdisciplinary panel discussion on implications of climate change in Nova Scotia.
2016 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop
June 13-15. Paris, France
Focus on Climate Change, Fisheries and Biodiversity, and Oceans and Human Health.
Belugas in the Bay: Through the camera lens
June 23 - 28.  Churchill, MB
Observe the largest population of beluga whales in the Arctic in their summering grounds, the Churchill River estuary.


Introduction to Marine Biology
July 11-15.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrew's, NB
A fun hands-on introduction to marine biology and Bay of Fundy research projects for students 15-18 years old.
Science Communication Workshop
July 20 - 22.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, NB
The role of scientists in communicating science to different audiences, their motivations, and tips and tools for doing it effectively.

International Marine Conservation Congress 2016 (IMCC4)
July 30 - Aug 3.  St. John's, NL
Conservation professionals and students meet to develop new tools to further marine conservation science and policy.
All Things Marine
July 6-9 or August 17-20.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrew's, NB
For families and friends over the age of 10... join us as we explore the unique environment of the Bay of Fundy and the diversity of life it supports.
Turning the Tide: Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea
July 22-26. Gulf Islands, BC
3rd annual family-friendly paddle uniting people from across the Salish Sea.
OceansOnline - new addition to IMCC4 (see July Conferences above)
August 4. St. John's, NL
Emphasizes the internet as a valuable tool to communicate, cross boundaries, and conduct research, including "Making waves inland: The Challenges for Ocean Literacy in Land-Locked Locations", facilitated discussion by CaNOE members Sam Andrews and Kat Middleton.

5th International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) conference      
August 10-13, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  
Exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas to improve the effectiveness of teaching about the marine environment.

One World—United by Water Conference  - Northwest Aquatic & Marine Educators (NAME)
August 14-18. Pearson College,  Metchosin, BC
The NAME 'family' of educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals gathers to meet, learn, share, and socialize.

Choose the Future: Environmental Education for a Culture of Change - EECOM 2016 Conference
August 25-28.  International Peace Garden, Manitoba
Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Conference will provide educators with new hope and ideas, new tools and resources, and will look at the choices we can make to make this culture of change a reality.
Marine Biology Week
August 8-12.  Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrew's, NB
A special week of fun, hands-on education, activities and animal encounters that focus on marine biology for children 7-12 years.
September 10 deadline to register for fall term. Online.
An international educational project for students aged 12 to 16 to help them realise, through their own observations and sharing their results with other participating schools, that the sea is not the same around the world.  

International Aquarium Congress - hosted by Vancouver Aquarium
September 25-30. Vancouver, BC
Held every 4 years, gathers decision makers and professionals from the global public aquarium community.
Sustainable Oceans Conference 2016 - Into the Blue: The Body Connecting Us All
September 30-October 1. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Student-run conference by the Master of Marine Management Students.
45th Annual NAAEE Conference/ 13th Annual Research Symposium
October 18-22. Madison, WI
North American Association for Environmental Education. Theme: From Inspiration to Impact.
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