Vancouver, BC —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 platform 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: Underwater Noise Pollution, Ocean Plastic, and Coral Reefs. 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 take a Virtual AquaClass? These personalized 45-minute 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 up to individual families during school closures. Virtual AquaClasses cost $45 for a 45-minute session, and multiple families can take part in a single session, each from their own home computer, and split the cost.
Teachers are also welcome to make use of the Online Oceans and will find that many of the resources are curriculum based.
Highlights from Online Oceans:
- Virtual Aqua Class(for teens and younger kids)
- Livestremed programs: Getting to Know coral reefsand Underwater Noise Pollution: Livestreamed programs (ages 9-12 and 9-18)
- Live Sea Otter, Jellies and Penguin cams
- Feed your little piranhas at the Recipe Corner
- Plastic free glitter and tinted lip balm DIY tutorials(all ages)
- Feed the Shark craftand Animal Coloring pages
- Sustainable Seafood Education Kit(curriculum based elementary school kit)
Content on Online Oceans is updated regularly, so check back often.