Posted by Cristian Rojas on February 22nd, 2021

Welcome to the Educator Resource Library - your guide to incorporating Ocean Literacy into your classroom. Ocean literacy is the understanding of the ocean's influence on you, and your influence on the ocean - but that is a very simplified definition. The ocean is a wondrous and complex place, and the better we understand how closely intertwined human lives are with this vital resource, the more we see the imperative to protect and conserve it. We can teach a variety of subjects through the lens of ocean literacy while developing students' inquiry skills and creativity. 

Ocean Literacy is broken up into 7 Key Principles. Each principle is a foundational component of the information and understanding that we need to be ocean literate. Therefore, we have selected content best suited to students within the range of K to 12 to create these courses. Additionally, these courses meet many objectives of the British Columbia curriculum, which are outlined in Curriculum Achievements. If you are joining us from outside of B.C., these curriculum achievements can still be useful for understanding the learning outcomes and competencies that this course offers. 

In this library, you will find detailed content information, activities, lesson plans, additional resources and supportive media to help you incorporate ocean literacy into your classroom. We have broken up the content into three main categories: Elementary (Grade 3-6), Middle School (Grade 7-9) and High School (Grade 10-12). 

Resources are available without registration on the Platform. Registering accesses quizzes, badges and gradebooks that increase you and your student's  interaction with the courses.

To Start: Click on the principle you would like to explore from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. This will take you to the content information page, which will provide you will all the background knowledge for each of the levels, for that associated principle. Underneath you will see the various assignments which are associated with that principle. You will also find additional lesson plans and activities under the Resources Tab on the left-hand menu.

Your students can also take the Ocean Literacy Courses themselves, online. This is a great way to add a blended learning element into your class, or to flip the classrooms. Students can earn virtual badges by completing the various quizzes and assignments, or simply read through the material and explore the interactive resources we have available. 

Our Ocean Literacy courses are interwoven with the UN Sustainability Goals and working with and towards the Decade of Ocean Science for a Sustainable Future. Together we can change the world for the better and access the science we need for the ocean we want.


There is a How to Manual for navigating the course, as well as a Tutorial Video, for additional information

Teacher Registration: 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 the students. Register, click on the REGISTER button on the top right hand corner of the screen, and use the code Teacher to create your account. 

Once you have registered, visit the Participants section and click “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.

Student Registration: Students in the Middle School and Secondary level course may create their own accounts and profiles on the Ocean Literacy learning platform. We suggest having a general discussion with students about online privacy first and ensuring they do not use their last names in their profiles to protect their privacy.

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 guide, watch the How To Register Tutorial Video

Any questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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

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.

Introducing Aqua Colour!

Posted by Danika on July 23rd, 2020

Introducing Aqua Colour, a new ocean-themed colouring app is a collaboration between TangibleVancouver Mural Festival and Ocean Wise. Proceeds support Vancouver Aquarium!

Bring a little bit of the Vancouver Aquarium into your own home.

Find out more

Download the new #AquaColour ocean-themed colouring app today and help #SaveVancouverAquarium! Click the link to download on your device:

Continue to explore the undiscovered part of the 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

Kids at home? 'Online Oceans' launches just in time to save parents (and help the ocean)!

Posted by Danika on March 31st, 2020

To help parents manage the new reality of weeks at home with the kids, Ocean Wise Conservation Association has launched a free online ocean literacy resource called Online Oceans, bringing ocean-inspired crafts, activities, DIY videos, livestreamed learning, and more, to families around the world.

Created by Ocean Wise educators, together with animal experts from the Vancouver Aquarium, these captivating resources are designed for kids and youth of all ages to learn the how and why of caring for the ocean, and all the animals in it.

With activities and offerings broken down by age group, a highlight of Online Oceans is the livestreamed learning sessions on topics including: Ocean Plastics, Sharks! and Arctic Adaptations. Livestreams take place multiple times each week and are free to join from the comfort of your own laptop.

Looking for something even more personal and engaging for your family? Why not sign up for a Virtual AquaClass? These personalized sessions allow your kids to meet online with an Ocean Wise educator to dive deeper into learning topics like “Careers in Conservation” or “Reptiles and Amphibians”. Normally reserved for schools – this program is being opened to individual families during school closures. Virtual AquaClasses cost $45 for a 45-minute session, and multiple families can split the cost to take part in a single session, each from their own home computer.

Teachers are also welcome to make use of Online Oceans, too, and will find that many of the resources are curriculum based and perfect to incorporate into their distance education offerings.

Highlights from Online Oceans:

*Content is updated regularly, so check back often.

Want more? Check out our resources tab where we are uploading new activitiesanimal facts, and arts & crafts daily!

Follow @OceanWiseEdu on Twitter for more updates!

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

Protect Coral Reefs: Free Design Activity and Projects We Love Winner

Posted by Rachael B-I on September 18th, 2019

In honour of Science Literacy Week we are happy to announce the 2019 ocean-themed Actua Projects We Love winner: 

The winner lesson plan is Protecting Coral Reefs and Cleaning the Ocean, created by University of Ottawa Engineering Outreach! 

 During this activity, participants will learn about coral reefs and why plastic pollutants are damaging their ecosystems. Working in small groups or in pairs, the participants will build a game to simulate cleaning the oceans from plastic debris. The goal is to remove the “pollutants” without perturbing the fauna and flora living in the ocean, especially the coral reefs. They will use a Makey Makey and the program Scratch to build and play the game.

This activity is open for all teachers and educators to utilize in the classroom. To view the full activity, click the link below!

Virtual Aquaclass

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

Bring the ocean to your students without ever leaving the classroom! 

Ocean Wise Education is currently offering the Virtual Aquaclass program for FREE. Connect with one of our expert educators through video conferencing technology. Through this multimedia presentation, students can learn about a wide variety of topics, and ask an expert their burning questions about ocean life. Popular topics include Sharks, Reptiles & Amphibians, West Coast Invertebrates, Squid Dissections and more. The Virtual Aquaclass program is customizable, and our coordinators will work with the teacher to come up with a topic that best suits the group. 

To book a virtual Aquaclass, please email [email protected] with the following information (at least two weeks in advance)

  • School Name:
  • Primary Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Age Range/Grade:
  • Expected Number of Participants:
  • Requested Dates and Time (Field trips are available for 30-minute blocks Monday to Friday between 7:30 and 9:30am or Tuesday to Thursday 2:00 and 3:30 pm. All times in PST. Please list dates in order of preference. Some restrictions may apply):
    • Date 1:
    • Date 2:
    • Date 3:
  • Suggested Topic(s):

*** programs are available in French - scheduling dependant ***

To learn more about the Virtual Aquaclass program, please visit

Looking for More?

Posted by Cristian Rojas on June 19th, 2018

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 Cafe. 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 happening right now. View the various videos to hear directly from experts about the challenges that the ocean is facing, as well as interesting career information or species highlights.

Coming soon we will have our Arctic Marine Life course available for the public. This course will discuss how animals in the arctic have adapted to living in such an extreme environment, and how they are connected through the food web. It will also discuss current research happening in the Arctic, as well as some very exciting species such as Beluga Whales and Greenland Sharks. This course is a fun, interactive way to expand your knowledge and learn about the incredible Arctic at the top of the world.

Also on its way is the BC Marine Life course, and online course to highlight the incredible creatures found in the waters of British Columbia, Canada, and the conservation surrounding their survival. Students will learn about everything from sea otters to sea anemones.

Ocean Literacy Framework

Posted by Cristian Rojas on June 19th, 2018

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.

Happy Halloween

Posted by Cristian Rojas on June 19th, 2018

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:

Adventure, Exploration and Education

Posted by Cristian Rojas on June 19th, 2018

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

Every Day Change

Posted by Cristian Rojas on June 19th, 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

Take the Plastic Pledge

Posted by Cristian Rojas on June 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 #BePlasticWise and sign our pledge