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.
- · Feed your little piranhas at the Recipe Corner
- · Plastic free glitter and tinted lip balm DIY video tutorials
- · Livestreamed programs on topics like Ocean Plastics and Sharks
- · Links to Vancouver Aquarium live animal web cams
- · Feed the Shark Craft and Animal Colouring Pages
- · Virtual AquaClasses for teens and older kids, privately, or in small groups
- · Curriculum-based Complete Education Kits
Follow @OceanWiseEdu on Twitter for more updates!
World Teacher's Day
When: October 5, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: The Vancouver Aquarium
Saturday, October 5, 2019 in honour of World Teacher's Day, the Vancouver Aquarium is offering:
- 50% discount for teachers and 3 guests
- Wet Lab Open House 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
No need to pre-book! Tickets can be purchased on-site at admissions on October 5, 2019.
Offer valid on October 5, 2019 only, to teachers with a valid teachers certification card or district staff ID. A limit of three guests per teacher, adults or children, may receive the discount. Not valid with any other offer. No cash value. Offer not available online or at self-serve kiosk.
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!
Self Directed visits are an excellent way to get your students engaged in marine life, with the flexibility to customize your day in a way that works best for you. The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 5,000 animals of over 750 different species. There are endless ways to imagine your day.
This page is a asset for you to use throughout your Self Directed Visit. Here you will find resources for planning your visit, activities for your students, as well as follow up activities for your class. Students can apply what they learned during their visit by contributing to the Blogs, Discussion Boards, or Gallery.
As a non-profit conservation association, Ocean Wise has a mission to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans. Through self directed visits you can create a one of a kind experience for your students, be it in topics about biology, ecology, community, business, visual arts, social studies, geography, english... the list goes on.
Come and explore with your students. Who know what you might find!
The Aquarium of the Pacific released a video today of a buddy cop movie parody starring Seymour Shark and Captain Quinn, two of the Aquarium’s beloved Pacific Pals characters. Straw Cops follows our heroes as they track down a gang of nefarious plastic bootleggers trying to spread single-use straws and environmental devastation. Fortunately, Seymour and Captain Quinn are able to reform the plastic purveyors and help the public choose better alternatives along the way. Straw Cops was written, filmed, and edited entirely in-house by the Aquarium’s education department staff.
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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 explore.reachtheworld.org and email [email protected] to sign up to virtually join over 200 classrooms across the world who are participating in this exciting expedition!
The Plastic Wise Challenge
#BePlasticWise provides students and teachers a chance to be part of Ocean Wise's new plastic wise campaign. We are asking you to bring the pledge into your classrooms and learn how plastic is affecting our environment and how that affects us as a society. Lets start the discussion about why we need to take steps to decrease our plastic usage in our everyday life and how we can achieve these goals together. This challenge gets students to reflect on their plastic usage to see how making small changes in their everyday life can make a big impact in their community!
Join today: http://pledge.ocean.org/