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.
Look for the Aquarium education van in a school near you, as a new season of outreach gets underway!
From Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport, Oregon— A new season of outreach is underway as Oregon Coast Aquarium educators take to the road in their colorful education van, bringing marine science to grade schools throughout the region. The van is painted with a mural of marine life found at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Upcoming outreach destinations include twenty weeks in counties throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Using a multimedia production, costumes, bones, pelts, skulls, and life-sized inflatable sea animals, students will discover how marine animals have adapted to life in the Pacific Northwest ocean environment. This year the Marine Mammals program will be debuting brand new seal and sea lion costumes.
Because there are many places where students aren’t in close proximity to the ocean to be able to experience the Aquarium, the outreach program “takes the shore to their door.” The Aquarium Education Department is making an effort to reach more students than ever before. “Our goal is to increase awareness and conservation of the ocean’s resources. Last year we visited over 20,000 students in three states!” said Jenni Remillard, Outreach Coordinator. “We have been expanding to new areas, visiting our first ever California school last year. It is a lot harder for schools on the east side of the state to get to the coast, so I feel this program is a valuable way to get kids excited about the ocean.”
The assemblies are age-appropriate with “Flippers, Fur and Fun,” “Shark Shenanigans,” “Tales of Whales” and “No Bones About ‘Em” for kindergarten through second grade and “Dressed for Success,” “Sense-ational Sharks,” “What About Whales?” and “From Tubefeet to Tentacles” for third through fifth grade students. The programs rotate by year, so the students never see the same program. All outreach programs are aligned to meet the Oregon Department of Education standards in science.
This outreach effort enables the Aquarium to extend its educational services to schoolchildren in rural and other underserved communities annually who might not otherwise be able to travel to the coast to visit the Aquarium. In addition to being used for outreach to schools and for offsite teacher workshops, the van is also employed to transport youth volunteers on field excursions and service projects and the transport of rehab animals.
The Aquarium Outreach Team will be visiting schools in the following counties. For schedule information about schools near you, please call 541-867-3474 ext. 5301.
Oct 23 – 25, 2012
Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2012
Linn and Benton
Nov 13 – 15, 2012
Dec 4 – 6, 2012
Dec 10 – 14, 2012
Tillamook and Clatsop
Jan 8 – 10, 2013
Jan 22 – 24, 2013
Coos and Curry
Feb 5 – 7, 2013
Columbia and Washington
Feb 12 – 14, 2013
Multnomah and Clackamas
Feb 26 – 28, 2013
Mar 12 – 14, 2013
Columbia Gorge area (OR and WA)
Mar 19 – 21, 2013
Umatilla/Union/Morrow/Walla Walla WA
April 9 – 11, 2013
April 23 – 25, 2013
May 7 – 9, 2013
Jackson/Josephine/Klamath extra week
May 21 – 23, 2013
The fifth annual Aquarium fundraiser will celebrate the bounty of the Pacific Northwest
The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s fifth annual Jellyfish Jubilee; A Celebration of Food and Wine, will be held September 22, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm and will benefit the Aquarium’s animal care, exhibits and education programs.
At this all inclusive event, guests will enjoy a champagne reception followed by delectable food, exquisite wine and opportunities to experience Behind the Scene Tours, Octopus Encounters, and a live Vulture Presentation. There will also be an interactive program by Fish Trax with cooking demonstration, entertainment by the musical group Past Forward, solo artist Mark Mugnai and the first “Crème de la Crème” chef competition.
Participating restaurants and wineries: Bay 839, Chinook Winds Casino & Resort, Cottonwood Winery of Oregon, Domaine Ste. Michelle Winery, Fins Coffee, Georgie’s Beachside Grill, La Maison Café & Bakery, Local Ocean Seafoods Monk’s Gate Vineyard, Oak Knoll Winery, Ocean bleu at Gino’s, Red Hawk Winery & Vineyard, Rogue Brewery, Savory Café, Shilo Inn Newport Suite, Sineann Winery, Stone Crest Cellars and Tyee Wine Cellars.
“We are looking forward to our fifth annual event as we celebrate the Aquarium’s 20th year,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium President and CEO. “It is such a lovely time of year on the coast and the Jellyfish Jubilee is an opportunity to see the Aquarium in a different setting while enjoying a summer evening with regional food and wine.”
Tickets for admission to the event are $100. Aquarium members qualify for a 10% discount. Tickets may be purchased at www.aquarium.org.
West Coast Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Jellyfish Jubilee with additional support from Wildlife Trading Company of New Mexico, Marta and Ken Thrasher and Guardian Energy Technologies, Inc., and Leopold Ketel & Partners.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at Aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.