Posted by Danika on February 19th, 2021

Dear Students, 

Welcome to the Ocean Literacy Course. This course will help you understand how you are connected to the ocean and how the ocean helps you. There are 7 principles in total. Your teacher will help guide you through each of the sections.

This course will teach you about how amazing the ocean is, and will also teach you some ways that you can help keep the ocean healthy and clean!

You can collect badges by completing the assignments in each section of the course. Collect them all and take the final quiz to become an Ocean Champion!



Dear Teachers,

Welcome to the Elementary level Ocean Literacy Course on the Ocean Wise Online Learning Environment. On this platform we have created an international course based on 7 key principles designed to develop an understanding of how humans impact the ocean and how the ocean influences humans for elementary level students. This course is geared towards grades 3 to 6, or ages 7 to 11.

You may use these resources as you wish by choosing to do the full course or just a few of the sections. There is a How to Manual for navigating the site, as well as a video.


Under the heading Classroom Tools you will find additional support resources at your disposal such as lesson plans, activities and worksheets that can be accessed under Teacher Resources.


Any questions? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.



As a teacher, community leader, or home educator, you may join the platform first. This will allow you to view your students’ work and create accounts for students. Click Here and register using the code Teacher.


Once you have registered, visit the Participants section and click the “Add Students” button. Here you can create as many accounts as you like for your students. We suggest not using their last names to protect their privacy. You may wish to include your school initials as part of their usernames, as many common names may already be taken.


If you click the Register button in the top right hand corner of the screen and create an account, this will automatically register you at the student level. If you are a teacher or educator and need to be promoted to the proper access level, please contact us with your username.

For a walk-through on how to register, refer to the How to Register Tutorial Video


If you have any questions or feedback for the Ocean Literacy Course, please contact [email protected]

For the Secondary School Level (Grade 10-12, age 15-18):

For the Middle School Level (Grade 7-9, age 12-14):

Dive into the U.N. Ocean Decade by exploring our Ocean Literacy Courses!

Posted by Andrew Lang Wong on January 5th, 2021

Welcome to the Ocean Decade: “A decade that will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Here at Ocean Wise, we believe that fostering Ocean Literacy is fundamental to the sustainable stewardship of our world’s oceans and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We encourage you – whether you are an educator, a student, or a passionate individual– to explore our free Ocean Literacy Courses and deepen your understanding of the ocean and our complex relationship with it!

Additionally, explore our Educator Resource Library for a comprehensive and curated collection of resources, lesson plans and classroom activities to help bring ocean literacy into your classrooms.

Continue to explore the undiscovered ocean!

Posted by NicoleLamHM on April 6th, 2020

Thank you for joining us today from  Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants and Connected North at Home for deep sea animals!

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We don't want the conversation to end there!

Best Fishes,

The Ocean Wise Education Team

Thanks for learning with us!

Posted by NicoleLamHM on April 2nd, 2020

Thank you for joining us today from Connected North at Home for sharks or ocean plastic pollution!

We don't want the conversation to end there!

Best Fishes,

The Ocean Wise Education Team

Join us and be the ocean heroes!

Posted by NicoleLamHM on March 30th, 2020

Thank you for joining us today!

Whether you joined us through Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants for Coral Reefs!

or Connected North at Home for Getting to Know Coral Reefs or Ocean Noise Pollution

We don't want the conversation to end there!

Best Fishes,

The Ocean Wise Education Team

Thank you for diving in with us again!

Posted by NicoleLamHM on March 26th, 2020

Thank you for joining us today!

Whether you joined us through Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants for Arctic Adaptation!

or Connected North at Home for Tiny yet mighty- plankton or Arctic Adaptation

We don't want the conversation to end there!

Best Fishes,

The Ocean Wise Education Team

Thank you for Diving in with us!

Posted by Danika on March 23rd, 2020

Thank you for joining us today!

Whether you joined us through Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants for Sharks!

or Connected North at Home for Creature Camouflage

We don't want the conversation to end there!

Best Fishes,

The Ocean Wise Education Team

Join the Weddell Sea Expedition!

Posted by Rachael B-I on January 24th, 2019

Join the Weddell Sea Expedition! This pioneering Antarctic expedition has been underway since the beginning of January and sending us updates all the way from the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. Visit the Weddell Sea Expedition’s Journey Page to explore what we have learned so far and see video conferences with members of the expedition team and crew. If this sparks your interest, find out more at and email [email protected] to sign up to virtually join over 200 classrooms across the world who are participating in this exciting expedition!

NOAA Videos Unavailable

Posted by Rachael B-I on January 15th, 2019

Please be aware. 

The NOAA video links on the Ocean Literacy Course are all down because of the Government Shut down. 

Links should be activated when business is resumed again. 

Take the Plastic Pledge

Posted by Rachael B-I on March 19th, 2018

Break your plastic problem - help protect the ocean.

Microplastic is the greatest pollutant in the ocean today. It comes from our packaging, waste, clothing and is even specifically created to be tiny. These tiny plastics are a big problem.

Plastic is filling our oceans at the rate of one dump truck full every minute.

Tiny zooplankton that support the ocean food chain are mistaking plastic for food. Seabirds are found with plastic pieces in their bellies.
We need a sea change. Today.

Ocean Wise is tackling the global crisis of plastic waste in our ocean. We’re carrying out groundbreaking science to understand the problem and seeking bold solutions to address plastic pollution.

What happens next depends on you. Your individual actions and choices have a direct impact on the health of our oceans. Together, our individual actions can have a big collective impact. But we have to make that change happen. Join us in a global movement to #BePlasticWiseand sign our pledge

Every Day Change

Posted by Rachael B-I on February 15th, 2018

There are simple, easy choices that you have the power to make every single day, that will have a positive impact on the ocean

As we all start to make these better choices with the ocean's health in mind, we start to inspire others to do the same. These individual actions can make for powerful collective change

Adventure, Exploration and Education

Posted by Rachael B-I on November 23rd, 2017

The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing’s toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s Big Three events, alongside the Olympics and America’s Cup. With 11 legs, sailing across the world, teams will battle the ocean, weather and tides to prove themselves the best in the world. This is also the perfect opportunity for students around the world to connect with the powerful message that VOR is sending - we are all responsible for the ocean.

VOR has developed a number of Educational Resources for teachers to utilize in coordination with the race. With sustainability at its heart, the Education team at VOR has created an interactive and wide variety of activities and lesson plans to connect students with sailing, sustainability and ocean plastics. Resources are available for ages 8 to 12, with worksheets, booklets, power point presentations and more. available for you to interact with your students.

This is is particularly special, as the United Nations has sent a team into the race. Turn the Tide on Ocean Plastics is sailing the message about marine plastics across the globe.

Follow the live race feed on the VOR Dashboard

Happy Hallowe'en

Posted by Rachael B-I on October 27th, 2017

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Are you getting your costume ready for the spooky nights ahead? Keep the ocean in mind when you do!

Try this easy plastic-free glitter recipe:

Looking for some costume ideas? Think about dressing up as one of these creeeeepy critters:

Ocean Literacy Framework

Posted by Rachael B-I on October 1st, 2017

The 7 Key Principles which inspired this course come from the Ocean Literacy Framework. The framework, created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), was developed by many scientists and educators from the ocean sciences education community. Their efforts built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials, and assessments. Explore the Foundations section to learn about how the ocean sciences education community came together to create these documents and ignite a movement within ocean sciences and beyond.

Looking For More?

Posted by Rachael B-I on May 13th, 2017

If you would like more resources, or to continue your ocean education, you can visit the other courses that Ocean Wise has to offer.

For more video resources, you can visit our Aquatic Café. Aquatic Cafe is based around community outreach, providing educational opportunities for those looking to further their knowledge of all things ocean related. There are talks and movie viewings in the community, question and answer panels with experts in the field, and updates on current research. View videos in the Aquatic Café library to hear directly from experts about the challenges that the ocean is facing, presentations on different ocean dwelling species as well as interesting career opportunity information.

Our Arctic Marine Life course will be available soon. This course will discuss how animals in the Arctic have adapted to living in such an extreme environment, and how they are connected to one another through the complex Arctic food web. It will discuss exciting species such as Beluga Whales and Greenland Sharks as well as covering current Arctic research topics. This course aims to be a fun, interactive way to expand your knowledge and learn about the incredible Arctic at the top of the world.

Coming soon is our BC Marine Life course which will highlight the incredible creatures found in the waters of British Columbia, Canada and conservation issues surrounding their survival. Students will learn about everything from sea otters to sea anemones.