Welcome to the Youth Leadership Community!

At Ocean Wise, our mission is to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans. Our Children & Youth Programs are immersive ocean education experiences that foster love for our oceans through fun and interactive activities, engaging over 9,000 children, youth and families in marine science annually.

Our youth programs and initiatives create space for the next generation of environmental leaders to be supported and inspired.

YouthToSea Council: Our goal is to create a space where youth can connect and support each other as they take action in their own communities to drive ocean conservation efforts. Youth to Sea members will develop projects to be part of a youth-driven effort to inspire and engage the public in ocean conservation efforts. The council will promote positive environmental change through their own conservation efforts and engagement/educational events. Youth to Sea is designed to give a voice to youth in discussions about ocean conservation and sustainability. Our members will shape the development and direction of the council and develop their own ideas as well as be part of a larger group of environmental leaders.

Destination Education Learning Journey: Travel to Vancouver to re-imagine your role in creating a healthier community and world with a collaborative program hosted by Ocean Wise, Science World and Hosteling International.  Dig into the science process and connect to the local environment through indoor and outdoor exhibits and programming to explore the sustainability choices at Science World. Discover BC marine ecosystems and the impact of micro plastics on these ecosystems in the interactive wet lab and galleries at the Vancouver Aquarium. Your group will stay at the Jericho beach hostel, learn to travel with purpose and take part in a service project such as shoreline clean up or restoration work in the Jericho Beach community.

Mountains to Oceans Learning Journey: 30 BC students, aged 16-18, are invited for a three-day, three-night program that runs in October focused on making connections between our mountains and oceans through an exciting outdoor education program and adventure leadership retreat throughout the Squamish River watershed.  Programs focusing on ecosystems, research, wilderness tours, First Nations culture, leadership, and white water rafting will enhance and increase knowledge about these connections from mountain to oceans. 


Ocean Literacy and Leadership Camp: OLLC is an educational retreat for young women ages 15 – 18 on beautiful Hornby Island in partnership with Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Center, Ocean Wise and Navigate NIDES (Comox Valley Schools - School District 71).  The all-female, six-day, five-night camp focuses on ocean literacy and ecology to enhance and increase knowledge about marine life and stewardship. Participants will gain a strong understanding of the leading environmental issues affecting our oceans today and be inspired to take part in a global effort to protect our waters.

Salish Sea Science Programs: Ocean Wise’s Salish Sea Science Program gives high school students an outdoor education experience like no other. Students will participate in a three-day, two-night program at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre supported by NSERC Promoscience, where they will learn about ocean literacy, the history of the area and traditional knowledge through outdoor activities. The goal of the Salish Sea Science program is to promote ocean literacy, develop ocean science and leadership capacity amongst participants, and create ocean literacy resources for teachers. Students will develop their appreciation for the environment through outdoor activities including coastal hikes and kayaking.


Duke of Edinburgh's International Award: Ocean Wise is proud to partner with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, giving youth the opportunity to complete their award under the mentorship of Ocean Wise staff.  The Duke Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognized program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work.


YouthToSea Spring/Summer Leadership Program: Apply now to gain valuable work experience, service hours and mentorship in leadership and education with a work placement with our AquaCamps program at the Vancouver Aquarium.  Training includes several certifications and a weekend retreat with team-building and leadership programs.

Questions about our programs? Please email [email protected] or call 604-659-3493

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Salish Sea Science Program 2020: Apply Today!

Posted by haileyrenaud on February 4th, 2020

Are you a passionate youth committed to the conservation of aquatic life? If so, we have an opportunity for you to join us on Hornby Island at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre for the 3-day/2-night Salish Sea Science Program!

Participating youth (30) will learn about the seven ocean literacy principles, the history of the area and traditional knowledge through outdoor activities. Students will then work in teams to develop an online learning resource to be uploaded to Ocean Wise’s online learning environment. The resources will be a reflection of their experience at the Salish Sea program, and will provide teachers with a tool to guide their class through the fundamentals of ocean literacy. To fully engage youth in ocean leadership, participants will challenge themselves in a ropes course, explore the coast in kayaks (weather permitting) and discover intertidal creatures while tide pooling. 

Program details:

Date: April 24th - 26th 2020

Age: Grade 10 – 12

Cost: $50.00

Drop-off & Pick-up location:  Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal OR Departure Bay Ferry Terminal (TBA)

Our 2020 program will run April 24th to 26th. Applications are open, and will close March 15th. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] for more information.

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