From Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport
Oregon Coast Aquarium Kicks Off The “Oceanscape Network”
With A Free Poster Giveaway For Oregon Teachers
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a free full-color poster to teachers all over the state as an advanced promotional item for the Oceanscape Network, the Aquarium’s new website project designed to connect young people to the coast, the oceans and the outdoors.
From the snowy summit of the coastal mountains to the muddy ocean floor, the poster depicts the major ecosystems of the coast, labeled with keystone animal and plant species. The poster is designed to supplement classroom lessons on the coast and oceans and is appropriate for all grade levels. The vibrant artwork was produced by Newport artist, Ron Houchens. The poster is free upon request, although shipping costs will apply for teachers outside of the Newport area. The poster will also be distributed by Aquarium educators as they provide outreach to schools around the state.
The Oceanscape Network is a comprehensive web-based resource which will offer students and teachers new ways to explore and interact with the Oregon Coast. Educators will have the ability to create online student communities which will guide young people through the inquiry-based science projects needed to graduate. Young people who wish to explore outside of school will have access to hundreds of online features, including videos, interactive maps, photographs and the personal stories of how Oregon youth are learning about and experiencing coastal ecosystems.
Funded by grants and contributions from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Pacific Power Foundation, Swindells Charitable Trust, Collins Foundation and many others, the Network will be free to anyone who wishes to use it. It is scheduled to launch in Summer 2013.
Additional information on the Network or how to order the posters can be found at http://aquarium.org/education/oceanscape-network. An Oceanscape preview site is also online at http://oceanscape.aquarium.org.