Get Involved: Student Stewardship

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Get Involved: Student Stewardship

EDGE OF THE PACIFIC Community of Practice series

Session #2


How can educators help students get involved in solutions-oriented student stewardship projects that make a difference? In the book Ellie's Strand, 11 year old Ellie and Ricky begin with a direct approach: Participating in a beach clean up. Their explorations lead them to other stewardship actions, such as thinking about ways to reduce their personal use of plastic, and coming up with engineering designs for a contraption that removes litter from inland waterways before it ever reaches the ocean. In this Community of Practice session, educators will focus on how to help young learners identify and carry out stewardship actions that address environmental problems they have uncovered. We'll also discuss how to use nature journaling to uncover culturally-relevant perspectives, ideas, and solutions among students.


Last August, Oregon educators gathered at the coast for a workshop led by the authors of Ellie’s Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific. In the book, 11-year-old protagonists Ellie and Ricky visit an Oregon beach to participate in a community beach clean-up, and are amazed by their discoveries at the edge of the world’s largest ocean. With a compelling story and colorful pen-and-ink drawings, the book is a terrific companion for 4th -6th grade classrooms.

Just like Ellie and Ricky, participants in the August educator workshop engaged in hands-on learning activities connected to observation and nature journaling at the beach. We also discussed strategies for engaging students in coastal exploration and stewardship actions.

To keep the momentum from the workshop going, Oregon Sea Grant has established three online Community of Practice sessions for formal and informal educators during the 2019-20 school year. Through these regular interactions, we can continue learning around our shared interests of nature journaling, student stewardship, and coastal exploration. Along with authors Peg Herring and Judy Li, participants will discuss successes and challenges implementing these activities with youth, and get ideas from teaching peers and community partners.

At the end of each session, the names of participants will be entered into a drawing to win cool stuff. Participant Erica Street from North Bend High School won a copy of Ellie's Strand at the first session.

Invitation to Participate

All interested educators are welcome to attend, even those who were not part of the summer workshop. Ideally, participants will be able to attend all three sessions. Each 90-minute session will be conducted online through the Zoom videoconferencing platform on Thursdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
NOTE: Session #3 will be on April 30th.

To participate in the February 6th session, please register in advance. Registered participants will be sent the Zoom login information before the meeting.

Advance Preparation

To make the most of this session, participants are asked to complete the following assignments prior to Feb 6th:

  1. Read Ellie's Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific by M.L. Herring and Judy Li.
  2. In your journal, identify 2-3 potential marine debris projects that students could engage in in your area/school: environmental stewardship, science, civic engagement. If you don’t have students, what could you or your organization do?
  3. In your journal, identify local assets and possible barriers for project implementation.

MWEEs by the Sea cohort

NOTE: This PD counts for 1.5 hours for those teachers participating in the MWEEs by the Sea: Diving Deeper cohort.


Read more about the Ellie's Strand project
If you have questions, please contact Cait Goodwin at

This project is supported by a 2019-20 Oregon Sea Grant Program Development award.

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