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Karen Matsumoto

Marine Science Education Coordinator, Seattle Aquarium

Karen Matsumoto

Karen Matsumoto is Marine Science Education Coordinator for Seattle Aquarium. Karen is project manager for the Citizen Science High School Nearshore Monitoring program where each year, over 300 high school students conduct nearshore monitoring of marine reserve beaches in the Seattle area. Students in the Citizen Science program also conduct their own field investigations which they later present at a student symposium at the end of the school year. Karen also manages the Seattle Aquarium’s Ocean Science Program on the Outer Coast of the Olympic Peninsula, working closely with the NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary to help 4th and 5th grade students and their teachers learn about ocean literacy in the classroom and out on the beach. Karen has worked in the field of conservation biology and environmental education for over 25 years, with varied experiences from Ranger Naturalist at Denali National Park in Alaska, classroom teacher and instructor from K12 to college, Cooperative Extension volunteer coordinator, and natural resource consultant. She loves sharing nature with children, and teaches workshops on natural journaling and using art as a tool for learning science.