Educator Resource Links

Resources for teachers and marine science educators

Ocean Sense

A novel education program that develops skills in analysing, understanding, and sharing of ocean data and knowledge. By exploring local observations and global connections, this program invites communities, educators, and students to collaborate in discovering the ocean through Ocean Networks Canada observatories.

Hakai Magazine

This magazine explores science, society, and the environment in compelling narratives that highlight coastal life and phenomena. Their writers examine coastal matters from multiple perspectives and translate complex scientific ideas into authoritative, engaging stories.

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium are continuously learning new things through their conservation programs and research studies, and they share this knowledge throughout the facility and online. Explore their AquaFacts to find facts you never knew, take a deeper look at Canada’s Arctic through their online exhibits, or visit the Aquarium through a class field trip.

Cybersecurity in the environmental protection field: Their mission is to create up-to-date, accurate, and actionable cybersecurity-related information for students and early career professionals. 

Bees and Honey: Creating Pollinator Gardens: A guide to the importance, and how to create pollinator gardens that attract butterflies and bees, give them a place to find food, reproduce, and experience safety from predators and from the elements.

Environmental Science Education Guide: Help for job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of these programs and their impact on careers and employment

CruiseDirect: Deep Seas Boating Dangers – The Deadliest Creatures in the Ocean

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard 

Scotch Bonnet
Scotch Bonnet is a free electronic publication distributed to formal and informal educators. This online newsletter is written by Terri Kirby Hathaway, North Carolina Sea Grant marine education specialist.

Science Project Ideas
– ScienceProjectIdeas was formed to offer a unique reference point on great ideas and advice for science projects.

DFO’s Salmonid Enhancement Program
– lots of resources, activity guides and much more from DFO!

The Ocean Project
– An international network of aquariums, zoos, museums, and conservation organizations working to create an understanding among their visitors and members of the significance of the ocean and the role each person plays in conserving our blue planet for the future.

See the Sea
– Provides a wealth of information and current news about the problems facing our oceans.

– a bank of digital resources for teaching biology

VIMS Marine Education Page
– From Virginia Sea Grant Program. Links, including step by step “how to do a marine science in the classroom” page.

The Marine Ecology Station
Located in Cowichan Bay, B.C., the station is a unique way to explore the biodiversity of marine organisms in B.C. A wide variety of special programs are offered.

Environmental Education
– the EE link offers resources for teachers including an environmental education specific search tool, great EE links, books and classroom activities

Animal Diversity Web
– an excellent resource for information on a huge number of animals

Estuary Live
– this site has estuary lesson plans, pictures and links for your classroom

Marine Biology Puzzles
– site that allows you to create puzzles and games centred on marine biology concepts

National Marine Educators Association
– brings together educators interested in the world of water

Lesson Plans
– collections of lesson plans for teaching marine biology

REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation)
– a program dedicated to protecting marine life through education, research and involvement.

– Check out “Just for teachers” at the SeaWorld site.

Environmental Science
–’s mission is to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers.

Backyard Conservation
–  a site that offers a wide variety of citizen science conservation links