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.
Ocean Service 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.
Mountain 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 Program: 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 and Summer Leadership Programs: 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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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
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