Professional Development Opportunities

2019 International Youth Summit on Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions

To support youth engagement in fighting marine litter, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) will offer a transportation stipend to three teams from Canada, Mexico and United States who are selected to participate in the 2019 International Youth Summit on Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions.

The Summit is calling for teams of youths (between 11 and 18 years old) and their advisors to submit ideas for reducing plastic waste in their community. The teams with the best solutions will be selected to join the Summit on February 22–24, 2019, at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California, for an intensive training in leadership, public speaking, storytelling and more.

 Ideas submitted by youth from North America, especially the Salish Sea and Tijuana River areas, will be considered for a CEC stipend of up to C$5,000 to travel to and from the Summit. See the flyers attached (in English and Spanish) for more information.

 Teams have until November 2, 2018, to apply at

Basket Weaving Workshop

Organization: Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
Date: November 3 from 9:00 am - November 4 at 3:30 pm
Cost: $250

Colville tribal member and master basket maker Juanita Conrad leads a two-day retreat-style workshop in the traditional craft of pine needle basketry.

A love of the outdoors inspires Conrad’s work and all of her baskets are made from locally sourced pine needles found in the ponderosa forest near her Inchelium home. Conrad does not keep careful track of her pieces, but she knows that some of her baskets have made it as far away as France, with several scattered across the United States in private collections. Her creations range from the practical umbrella stand to the whimsical cup and saucer.

The museum-sponsored workshop will take place in a private home with sweeping views of the valley. Guests are invited to unplug and reconnect with the natural world in a relaxed environment designed to nurture learners at any level. For Conrad, working with the natural materials is a reminder of a childhood of roaming the outdoors.

The retreat is limited to 6 individuals. All materials and supplies are provided and all skill levels and experience are welcome. Lunch is included.