cover of Ellie's Strand book

Discoveries at the Edge of the Pacific

Nurturing the Next Generation of Coastal Stewards
Professional development workshop for educators of students in Grades 4-6

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Beverly Beach State Park in Newport, OR

Join the authors of Ellie’s Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific to connect literature with nature journaling, observation, and coastal stewardship. Using the book as a framework, we will explore ways to make coastal and marine issues culturally- and environmentally-relevant for upper elementary students. The in-person hands-on summer coastal workshop will be followed by three online Community of Practice Sessions during the school year.

  • Audience: Formal and informal educators of students in grades 4-6
  • Included: Lunch, PDUs, materials, and a copy of the book Ellie’s Strand
  • Cost: $30
    (non-refundable; registration not complete until payment is received)
  • Registration link: 
    By clicking this link you will be taken to the Ideal Logic website where you will be asked to enter a username and password, or to create an account if you don't already have one. Once you've logged in, you can select the workshop by its title and register online.
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Questions? Contact Cait Goodwin at

Outdoor School

Are you a 5th or 6th grade teacher who will be taking your students to Outdoor School during the 2019-20 school year? Oregon Outdoor School has limited scholarships to reimburse teachers who participate in this workshop! In addition, teachers from other regions whose students visit the coast as part of their outdoor school experience are eligible to receive travel support to attend this workshop. For more information, contact Renee O'Neill at

More about Ellie's Strand

In this sequel to Ellie’s Log and Ricky’s Atlas, Ellie and Ricky travel to the Oregon coast from their home in the Cascade Mountains to help with a one-day beach cleanup. Hoping to find a prized Japanese glass float, they instead find more important natural treasures, and evidence of an ocean that needs its own global-scale cleanup.

Ellie and Ricky are amazed by their discoveries at the edge of the world’s largest ocean. Together, they realize the power of volunteering and grapple with the challenges of ocean conservation. In her journal Ellie records her observations of their adventures in her own words and pictures.

With charming pen-and-ink drawings and a compelling story, Ellie's Strand makes coastal science exciting for upper elementary school students. It will be a treasured companion for young beach explorers everywhere.