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.
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.
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The Ocean Literacy and Leadership Camp registration is now open. The camp will be located at Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on beautiful Hornby Island. For more information about the camp see here.
Ocean Literacy & Leadership online course and in-person camp will explore our personal leadership strengths which we can apply to being advocates for our ocean. In order to fully understand the ocean, we will be diving into the 7 Ocean Literacy Principles which help us understand the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the Ocean. There will be opportunities to explore the wonders of the ocean and to self reflect on the personal choice’s you make in your life and how it directly effects the health of the ocean. The leadership component will have a solutions-based focus and will help prepare you for the final culminating Action Project to take back to your school and/or community.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Identify your personal leadership traits and strength;
- Understand the importance of a multi-perspective approach to communicating;
- Understand the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the ocean;
- Have deeper connections to marine species and the concept of interconnectedness;
- Make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and advocating for its health;
- Have tools and a plan to execute an action project.