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.


CaNOE, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education, is a network for the advancement of ocean literacy in Canada. CaNOE provides a platform for learning, dialogue and communication about ocean literacy in Canada. 

Foundry10 – Ultimate guide to underwater work – Expanding the way people think about learning is a formidable challenge, and Foundry10 approach it in three ways: research, programs, and philanthropy. While each of these is distinct, they are all interconnected parts of a whole. Many programs they run involve aspects of research, and many of our studies inform program design. Philanthropy is present in almost all of their work, as they do their best to remove fiscal concerns for partners to give them the freedom to engage with interesting ideas around learning.

Realistic Ways You Can Combat Climate Change, Today – George Washington University’s online Master of Public Health program created an interactive resource that provides meaningful ways each person can reduce the rapid rate of climate change and contribute to a healthier planet. The filter options in this guide also provide individuals with personalized recommendations on how they can help, while accommodating their lifestyle.

Oceanography guide for kids with fun activities and facts about marine life.

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