Online Oceans Bring Oceans to Families Around the World
To help parents manage the new reality of weeks at home with the kids, the Ocean Wise Conservation Association has launched a Free online ocean literacy resource Online Oceans, bringing all that is ocean to families around the world. The new site includes ocean-inspired crafts, activities, DIY videos, live streamed learning, and endless animal content.
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 each week and are free to join from the comfort of your own laptop.
Virtual AquaClass are personalized sessions that 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”. Usually 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. All proceeds go toward ocean conservation.
Teachers can also make use of Online Oceans and will find that many of the resources are curriculum-based, and perfect to incorporate into their distance education offerings.
Highlights from Online Oceans:
• 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
Content will be updated regularly, so check back often. www.ocean.org/learnonline.
About Ocean Wise® Conservation Association
Ocean Wise is a global conservation organization on a mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Focussed on education, research and direct-action conservation, Ocean Wise equips and inspires youth, citizens, businesses and governments to take action through initiatives like Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Ocean Wise Seafood, the Marine Mammal Rescue program and Be Plastic Wise. Ocean Wise was born out of the Vancouver Aquarium’s 60-year commitment to marine ecosystems and is headquartered at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Learn more at ocean.org.
About the Vancouver Aquarium
Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and inspired them to take action to address key threats. Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to thousands of incredible ocean species. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators and conservation experts do much of their work. Learn more at vanaqua.org.