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.
We are running out of time to tackle the climate emergency and the many challenges that face Canadians as a result of it. The action, and inaction of the last several decades have put today’s youth in a position of great responsibility. Youth are going to be the change makers and solutionaries who are tasked with facing this challenge head-on. Are you interested in empowering your students to be at the forefront of this movement? Give your class the opportunity to be climate leaders by joining Learning for a Sustainable Future in our upcoming Climate Action Youth Forum. We are offering classes in Remote and Indigenous Communities across Canada the opportunity to learn from local experts & organizations, gain valuable skills, and be supported through the process of taking on an action project in their school or community.
What can classes expect?
A series of workshops between January 11th and February 19th (*Note: workshops are offered live once a week as well as recorded to suit your availability, dates to be confirmed).
- 2 Professional Development sessions facilitated by experienced climate change educators. Ninety-minute sessions are designed to equip teachers with resources, tools, strategies, and a network of co-learners to support the ongoing climate change learning in your classroom
- 1 Kickoff Event featuring a keynote speech from a youth climate leader & activist
- 3 Engaging, Informational Workshops that provide expertise, knowledge, and skills on a variety of climate topics (including workshops with Christine M’Lot and Ocean Wise)
- 1 Action Project Planning workshop by LSF to walk students through the steps of taking on an action project, and equip them with the resources they need
- A $200 grant to each class to support their action project!
Empower your students to feel equipped to take on this challenge and gain valuable real-world learning experience by leading their own action project in their community. Sign your class up today!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions about the event.
On behalf of Ocean Wise and Return It , we would like to invite to you and your school to help lead a collaboration of students ages 13-18, in the 2020 Closing the Loop on Plastics Youth Dialogue, focusing on Return It BC’s mandate to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not land-filled or incinerated.
Plastic is everywhere in our oceans and it’s going to take a deep, transformational change in humanity’s consciousness and activities regarding the oceans to ensure healthy, sustainable life on this planet. The goal of this program is to empower youth to understand why zero waste strategies are important; discover what can be done to increase and protect ocean health; and through reviewing direct action taken by our governments in a combination of research, policies, regulation, conservation and partnership activities reflect on our community’s effort to take their recycling initiatives to the next level. Participating students will engage in projects and activities that create spaces and opportunities to reflect on how their communities can better engage in conservation and environmental change in their homes, schools, cities and regions.
Each Provincial Lead school will be responsible for:
Participation in focused collaboration (October-November)
- Completion of weekly online collaborative enrichment activities, including student-driven and locally-based awareness initiatives
- Participation in a school data collection survey on recycling in their community
Synthesize work into a Social Media Campaign (November- December)
● Students throughout the Province will collaborate on a social media campaign strategy and assets that will be shared in on their school’s, Ocean Wise’ and Return It BC’s channels.
We would be honoured to have you represent your school and local community, and the voice of the youth therein. The opportunity to impact change on a local and national basis can only be achieved through uniting the voice of young people based on knowledge and a desire for change.
Find out more at education.ocean.org/oceanaction
Looking to register? Contact [email protected]
Ocean Wise Conservation Association Education Newsletter Online Program Giveaway Official Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
ELIGIBILITY: This contest (the “Contest”) is open only to Canadian residents excluding Quebec. Employees and volunteers of Ocean Wise Conservation Association ("Sponsor") and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the "Promotion Entities") and the immediate family members and/or those living in the same household as such person, are not eligible. All federal, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. The Sponsor shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and/or eligibility to participate in the Contest. Failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification. All personal and other information requested by and supplied to the Sponsor for the purpose of the Contest must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. The Sponsor reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant should such an entrant at any stage supply untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading personal details and/or information.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
@OceanWiseEdu will post to Twitter announcing the contest on Monday October 5th at 8 AM PST for a chance to win a Virtual AquaClass for up to 30 participants between the dates of October 14 and June 21, 2020. Dates and availability as presented on the Website https://vanaqua.org/education/school-programs/virtual-aquaclass
- Entrants must submit a valid email address for the Ocean Wise Education Newsletter via the provided link https://ocean.org/our-work/education/newsletter/
Odds of winning determined by the number of entries.
This contest is in no way affiliated with Twitter or Wordfly.
ENTRY PERIOD BEGINS – Monday, October 5, 2020 (7:59:59 AM Pacific Time)
ENTRY PERIOD ENDS – Thursday, October 8, 2020 (12:00:00 PM Pacific Time)
Grand prize winning ballot will be drawn at 3:00 PM (PST) Friday, October 9, 2020
Winner will be announced on the @OceanWiseEdu Twitter account. Winners will be contacted via the email submitted to the newsletter. Winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize, or a new name will be drawn.
The random draw will take place with two (2) witnesses, including the draw coordinator.
By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Rules and by the interpretation of these Rules by the Sponsor, and further warrants and represents that his/her entry.
a Virtual AquaClass for up to 30 participants between the dates of October 14 and June 21, 2020.
Prize value is approximately $90 -$200 CAD + tax.
Prizes consist only of elements listed above.
TERMS OF SUBMISSION:
By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Rules and by the interpretation of these Rules by the Sponsor. By submitting an Entry, entrants represent, warrant and agree that they are the sole creator of the Entry. Entrants must have all rights, approvals and/or consents necessary to submit their Entry on the terms provided and represent and warrant that their Entry does not violate these Official Rules, or the rights of any other person or entity or any law. Entries must be in English. Entries must comply with all applicable federal, provincial and local laws, rules and regulations including, but not limited to, those concerning defamation and invasion of privacy, and must not infringe on the copyrights or trademarks of another party, as determined by Sponsor. If an Entry includes such material or an element contained in an Entry is deemed unsuitable for public presentation (e.g., contains personal information, gratuitous violence, inappropriate acts or language, etc.), unfavourably depicts Sponsor, slanders brands or individuals, contains hate speech or is inconsistent with the theme or image of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify the Entry.
By entering the Contest and submitting an Entry, each entrant:
- grants to the Sponsor, in perpetuity, a non-exclusive license to publish, display, reproduce, modify, edit or otherwise use the Entry (including, where applicable, their name or voice or image as contained within their Entry), in whole or in part, for advertising or promoting the Contest or for any other reason;
- waives all moral rights in and to his/her Entry in favour of the Sponsor; and
- agrees to release and hold harmless the Promotion Entities and each of their respective agents, employees, directors, successors, and assigns (collectively, the "Releasees") against any and all claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other intellectual property related cause of action related to the Entry. For greater certainty, the Sponsor and/or the Promotion Entities reserve the right, in its/their sole discretion, to: (i) disqualify any Entry; (ii) modify, edit or remove any Entry from the Contest website; and/or (iii) request an entrant to modify or edit his or her Entry; if a complaint is received with respect to the Entry, or for any other reason.
BEFORE BEING DECLARED A WINNER, the selected entrant must sign and return within three (3) business days of notification a declaration and release form prepared by the Sponsor which, among other things:
- answer skill testing question
- confirms compliance with these Rules and acceptance of the Prize as awarded;
- agrees to release the Promotion Entities against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from any liability in connection with this Contest, the selected entrant's participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the Prize or any portion thereof;
- agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her Entry, name, address, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by the Sponsor in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the Internet.
If a selected entrant:
- cannot be contacted by social media channels within three (3) attempts or one (1) business day of the selection date, or there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; or
- fails to return the properly executed Contest documents within the specified time;
then he/she will be disqualified and will forfeit his/her opportunity to be a winner (and to receive the Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to name another winner.
PRIVACY & USE OF INFORMATION:
PRIZE CONDITIONS: No substitution or transfer of prize by winner permitted. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate will be selected. All income taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of prize-winners. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize for one of equal or greater value. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to the Promotion Entities to use winner's name, voice and/or likeness for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges.
By accepting a prize, each winner agrees to hold the Sponsor and Promotion Entities harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of prize. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in this promotion or use or redemption of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any contest materials and the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, the Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control.
GENERAL RULES: By submitting an Entry, entrants give the Sponsor an irrevocable unrestricted license to use the images they submit in whichever way they choose. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that all rights, titles and interests, including any copyrights (and renewals) to entries shall be covered by the aforesaid license in favour of Sponsor and/or its affiliates or partners. Sponsor and its licensees, successors, assigns, affiliates and partners, including, without limitation, have the exclusive right (but not the obligation) to use, alter and/or edit any and all Entries in any manner including future advertising, promotion and publicity in any medium now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without notice, approval or other consideration to you or any third party. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible or misdirected mail/e-mail or for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/ software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Sponsor not responsible for any damage to any participant's computer system/software related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this promotion.
ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
If an entrant submits more than the stated number of entries permitted, and/or if the Sponsor suspects that an entrant attempted to obtain additional entries by using multiple email addresses, identities or any other method, all entries submitted by the entrant will be declared null and void. Any suspected use of robotic, automatic, programmed, or the like methods of participation will void all such submissions by such methods. The Contest may be cancelled, modified, terminated or suspended if infected by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes outside control of Sponsor which impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with any entry process and to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend any associated Entries. In the event of termination, a notice will be posted on ocean.org and a random draw may be held from all eligible entries received prior to the time of termination. Sponsor is the Ocean Wise Conservation Association at 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6G 3E2.
Learn how you can take part and share your student's discoveries with the world https://backyardbio.net
We can't wait to see what you will find!
Bring a little bit of the Vancouver Aquarium into your own home.
Find out more https://www.aquablog.ca/
Download the new #AquaColour ocean-themed colouring app today and help #SaveVancouverAquarium! Click the link to download on your device: http://onelink.to/u3caex
We've been working hard to bring a new Virtual AquaSchool experience to educators, parents, and teachers from the comfort and safety of your own environment!
Our goal is to engage students in a way that ignites their passion for conservation and incorporates their prior knowledge and interests as they learn about real-world issues.
Each cohort of Virtual AquaSchool will run for four weeks. During that time, participants will have access to a once-a-week web-based “class” as well as discussion boards, shared galleries/photos and other supporting resources.
Virtual AquaSchool will equip your students with the skills to become better observers, creative critical thinkers, and youth ambassadors in a rapidly changing environment.
Find out more about Virtual AquaSchool and how you can register in our 'Feature Programs' folder HERE
We are thrilled to share the release of Wave of the Future: The Sustainable Blue Economy, in French and English.
This is a visual and interactive resource that will introduce young people to the Blue Economy, highlight how industry plays a powerful role in establishing a sustainable blue economy, and also raise awareness about the range of industries and careers involved. Featuring quizzes, activities and design thinking challenges, this resource is geared towards grades 5-6, but can be adapted for older/younger kids (my kids – ages 8 & 15 are working through the content and activities together).
Our friends at COVE are releasing this resource, chapter by chapter over the next 5 weeks, across Canada, in both official languages – and it is free to anyone who wants to use it. Please share and enjoy.
This space is a community for teachers and educators alike to find curriculum-linked resources to engage your students. Whether you've just participated in an Ocean Wise school program, or you're planning a self-directed visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, or you're just looking for some activities to help you lesson plan in the classroom, we've got stuff for you!
P.S. If you haven't already, make sure you follow our Education Team's new Twitter account @OceanWiseEdu!
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!
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/
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!
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 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.
Find out more
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!
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.