cover of Ellie's Strand book

Edge of the Pacific


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. Following a summer coastal workshop held at Beverly Beach State Park on August 8, discussions will continue at three online Community of Practice Sessions held during the school year. In each session, registered participants will receive login information and an assignment to focus on in the weeks prior to the meeting day. Along with authors Peg Herring and Judy Li, participants will take part in guided group discussions, discover teaching resources, and hear from educators who are incorporating nature journaling and coastal stewardship activities with students.

These web sessions are open to all as space permits, whether or not you attended the summer in-person workshop. Please read Ellie's Strand before the first session.

  • Target Audience: Upper elementary and middle school educators
  • Cost: free
  • How: Each Community of Practice Session will use the simple and free online platform Zoom. All you need is an internet-connected computer with a microphone and webcam.
  • When:
    • SESSION #1: Nov. 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Topic: "Take the Drastic Plastic Challenge" 
    • SESSION #2: Feb. 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Topic: "Get Involved: Student Stewardship"
    • SESSION #3: Apr. 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm  Topic: "A Year of Journaling"

Questions? Contact Cait Goodwin at [email protected]
This project is supported by a 2019 Oregon Sea Grant Program Development award.



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.