Coastal America
3rd National Student Summit on Oceans & Coasts
February 14-17, 2011
Washington, DC

Preliminary Agenda




Monday / February 14
1:00-5:00 Optional Field Trips (Air & Space Museum, Zoo, Memorials, Naval Observatory)
4:00-5:30 Registration L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
6:00-8:00 Reception/Dinner L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
Welcome: Virginia Tippie, Director, Coastal America
Speaker: Jim Toomey, Cartoonist & Creator of Sherman’s Lagoon
“Drawing Inspiration from a Changing Sea”

Tuesday / February 15
8:30 Opening Plenary – Understanding Ocean & Climate Baird Auditorium
Moderator: Virginia Tippie, Director, Coastal America
Welcome: Cristian Samper, Director, Museum of Natural History
Speaker: Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, NMNH
“The interconnection among the Ocean, Coasts, Great Lakes & Climate”
9:00 Student Presentations – Water Quality/Quantity & Habitat Baird Auditorium
National Expert Panel Response and Perspective
10:15 Break
10:45 Student Presentations – Public Awareness & Education Baird Auditorium
National Expert Panel Response and Perspective
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Student Presentations – Living Marine Resources & Fisheries Baird Auditorium
National Expert Panel Response and Perspective
2:30 Break
3:00 Student Presentations – Community Resourcs & Outreach Baird Auditorium
National Expert Panel Response and Perspective
4:00 Closing Plenary / Wrap-Up Session Baird Auditorium
4:30-5:30 Student Poster Session for the General Public Sant Ocean Hall
5:30-6:30 Special Evening Program Baird Auditorium Introductory Remarks by Major Sponsors
Speaker: Jean-Michel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society
Ocean Explorer, Educator, Environmentalist, Film Producer
“The Great Ocean Adventure”
6:30-8:30 Reception/Dinner and Student Poster Session Sant Ocean Hall
“A Celebration of the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes”
Remarks by Former Student Summit Participants
8:45pm Assemble & walk/shuttle to Hotel


Wednesday/ February 16
8:00-9:00 National Aquarium Breakfast National Aquarium
Remarks by Aquarium


9:30 Opening Plenary - Overview of Day Baird Auditorium
Len Hirsch, Smithsonian Institution
Marlene Kaplan, Deputy Director, NOAA Education Office
10:00 Summit Workshops NMNH Conference Rms
· Student Workshop / Youth Social Campaigns

· Educator Workshop / Ocean Portal & Education Ctr
12:00 Lunch (catered in workshop rooms)
1:00 Summit Workshops NMNH Conference Rms
· Student Workshop
· Educator Workshop

3:00 Student Tours of National Museum of Natural History
5:00 Closing Workshop Plenary Baird Auditorium
Facilitators: Len Hirsch, Smithsonian & Marlene Kaplan, NOAA
6:00 American Zoo & Aquarium Association Reception Canon Caucus Room Hill Speaker: Jack Hanna, Zookeeper & Wildlife Expert
Introduce Student Delegations: Tom Schmid, President,
Texas State Aquarium & Learning Center Network Co-Chair
Student Poster Session

Thursday / February 17

9:00 Delegation meetings with House/Senate Members Congressional offices
11:00 Congressional Reception & Student Poster Session Rayburn B339-340
12:00 Closing Luncheon Rayburn B339-340
Welcome: Virginia Tippie, Director, Coastal America
Opening Remarks: The Honorable Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Senator, D-MD
& The Honorable Roger Wicker, U.S. Senator R-MS (invited)
Remarks by Members of the United States Congress
Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-In Residence,
Marine Biologist, Author and Former NOAA Chief Scientist
“Our Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes – Looking to the Future” Presentation of Student Proclamation – Student Representatives
Recognition of Students – Administration Officials
Closing Remarks
2:00-5:00 Optional Field Trips (White House, U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Museums)