SPLASHmail          Events, news and views for the ocean-minded            MAY 2016
In modern times we talk of ocean literacy and ocean science, but in our quest to measure and document we shouldn’t forget that there are different ways of “knowing” the ocean. It’s served as inspiration for generations of philosophers, artists, poets and explorers; countless souls have turned to the ocean for solace or rejuvenation, to ponder existence, or to fulfil the urge to explore the unknown.
The ocean speaks to people in many different ways. There are definite uses for graphs, charts, and Powerpoint presentations, but the incredible sand-raking of Andres Amador, driftwood creations of Andries Botha, and marine life murals of Wyland use art to capture the essence of the ocean in ways that no words or numbers can.

We can also learn from tidepool-hoppers, beachcombers, wave watchers, and children the world over, who spontaneously create magical things from found ocean treasures, capture images through photographs, or give life to ocean memories through fabric, paint, or clay. What are you waiting for? Head to the shore; let the ocean inspire you!
We have received so many amazing submissions for presentations, workshops and posters... the CaNOE Conference Team thanks all contributors! Registration is open until June 1st for CaNOE's 2nd Annual Ocean Literacy Conference & AGM from June 9 - 11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia with fabulous field trips starting on June 7 and finishing up on June 12!  Click here for more information and to register.  
Meet this year's Keynote Speaker, Dr. Elin Kelsey, in the Blog Bite below. Last year's equally amazing presentations, including Jackie Hildering featured in the Spotlight below, can be viewed here.
The Board of Directors is thrilled (and relieved!) to announce that CaNOE has its
First Strategic Plan to set our course and guide our activities.
Kudos to the Strategic Plan Working Group for their herculean efforts, and sincere thanks to Wazuku for their generous contribution and guidance.

Dr. Elin Kelsey is a leading spokes-person for hope and the environment. No stranger to the topic of ocean optimism, Elin will be giving the keynote address at the 2016 CaNOE conference.  She is feeling downright elated these days following recent announcements about some huge new Marine Protected Areas in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and explains why in her blog "The Joy of Falling Behind".

Jackie Hildering, AKA "The Marine Detective" is a member of CaNOE's Board of Directors.  A teacher, diver, underwater photographer (extrordinaire!), and humpback whale researcher, Jackie says she "wants to make my photography connect people to the ocean and motivate change." We are all inspired by Jackie's photos, and hope you will be too; you can view them on her Marine Detective website.You can also view Jackie's latest "Coastal Revival" video here.

Who's Steering the CaNOE? 
Nominations for the 2016-2017 CaNOE
Board of Directors now open!

The Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) is a non-profit organization for the advancement of ocean literacy in Canada.  The Board consists of 12 directors, elected for a one-year term at the Annual General Meeting held each June. CaNOE will be holding their next AGM in conjunction with the conference in Halifax.

At this time, the CaNOE Board would benefit from skills in: finance and fundraising, legal experience, project management, board development and governance, workshop design, or teaching experience. If you would like to put your name forward for a position on the CaNOE board, or know someone else who would like to help steer the CaNOE, click here for more information. Please submit your nomination by May 23, 2016.

So...who IS steering the CaNOE? Have a look...
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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!

New and improved!  Next two months now divided into categories:
1. Conferences & Courses       2. Programs & Events

One Planet - One Ocean: From Science to Solutions
April 25-July 18. Online (still taking registrations)
Self-paced 10-week course presenting the challenges and opportunities facing oceans today.

The Wonders of the Salish Sea
May 3-24 on Tuesdays, 6-8 PM. Mt. Pleasant Community Centre, Vancouver, BC
Discover the wonders of this uniquely biodiverse, yet fragile, marine ecosystem.
Intersection of Science and Nature Conference - Canadian Association of Science Centres
May 5-7. Vancouver, BC
Keynotes by NSERC President Mario Pinto and author Richard Louv ("Last Child in the Woods").
Seaweeds of the West Coast - Raincoast Education Society
May 6-8. Tofino, BC
3-day field course out of the Tofino Botanical Gardens. 
Marine Mammal Naturalist Workshop 
May 27-29.  Marine Heritage Centre, Campbell River, BC
2.5 day training in the natural history and conservation of BC's marine mammals.

 After Hours: Wonderful World of Rays - Vancouver Aquarium
May 5, 6-10PM. Vancouver, BC 
Adults-only. Hands-on encounter with the rays with no kids in the way!
Science Odyssey - Ten days of Discovery and Innovation sponsored by NSERC
May 6-15. Across Canada
Series of fun activities across the country - submit your events/activities on the website.
Ocean Science and Technology Mini-Camp  
May 9-13, 4-6PM. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
SuperNOVA youth program for Grades 4-6, part of Science Odyssey above.

Sunshine Coast Bioblitz 2016 - Ruby Lake Lagoon Society
May 14-15. South Thormanby Island, BC
Join scientists, naturalists, community members to search out every species of plant and animal we can find in 48 hours.
2016 Schools on Board Arctic Field Program
May 23 deadline for September 14 - 28. Northwest Passage, NU
Unique experience for high school students and teachers to work alongside ArcticNet scientists on Canadian Coast Guard Ship - Amundsen.

Call for Papers: Journal of Ocean Technology 'Climate change and the oceans'
May 30 submission deadline for Spring issue.
Describing cutting edge research related to climate change and the oceans.

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
June 8. Planet Earth
Rally the world for our shared ocean; focus is on marine plastics pollution prevention. Help at "Organize an Event" section...
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.

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.
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.
OceansOnline  (new addition to IMCC4 above)
Aug. 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.

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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