An Incredible Journey by NOAA’s Fisheries West Coast Region

A downloadable illustrated book, board game, and accompanying lessons to foster enthusiasm for fish and habitat. The book includes a section interviewing inspiring youth stewards who are taking action to protect salmon and salmon habitat.

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Bioaccumulation: A case study of British Columbia’s killer whales

Five related lessons where students learn about the natural history of British Columbia’s killer whale populations and the threats they face (English & French).


The BMSC Education Team will be providing online virtual field trips (for free) over the next few months. Topics will include marine invertebrates, plankton, fish, a trip on the MV Alta, and more!

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Ducks in the Flow

A storybook and classroom activities where students work collaboratively to explore and investigate surface currents found in the ocean and the Great Lakes.

Ecological footprint- How does the way we live affect the Earth?

Secondary activity and discussion using a measurement tool that allows students to calculate and consider the effects of their personal resource use (English & French).

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Endeavour hydrothermal vents: Canada’s first marine protected areas

Grades 4 -11; class discussions, research, and activities to learn about deep sea biodiversity, Canada’s Endeavour Hydrothermal vent site and it’s designation as a Marine Protected Area (English & French).

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Exploring by the Seat of your Pants

Explore the world from your home! Sign up for a camera spot for the opportunity to interact with incredible explorers! All live-stream videos are available on YouTube after the broadcast too! For all ages!

Hakai Institute

A closer look at the remarkable creatures and plants that live on the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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IKANAWTIKET, advances education by undertaking research that is made available to the public, provides training/instruction, offers courses, seminars, conferences, and meetings, and develops educational tools related to the field of the environment.

Inuit Observations on Climate Change

A teacher’s guide for a film exploring climate change from an Inuit perspective.

Junior SeaDoctors

Bring the ecosystem to your classroom with this Explore the Salish Sea curriculum.

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Learn From Home by Ocean School

Weekly lesson plans with Ocean School resources that can be accessed with no sign-in. Content is made for ages 11-15 but is adaptable for any age and consists of activities, videos, and virtual and augmented reality.

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Live It

Themed weeks with live streams with experts, online games, and at home challenges. Perfect for kids in grade 3 to 6. Sign up in advance to get a spot!

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Mission: Protect our Oceans by NSERC: Little Inventors

The United Nations is launching the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021. Canadian kids can think up and draw invention ideas to protect the oceans. Get involved now!

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Museums, Science Centres & Aquariums Toolkit

Pollution, climate change, habitat loss, and many other factors related to human activity pose a risk to our water systems and the species that live there. This hands-on toolkit, developed by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Ingenium, promotes the importance of aquatic health throughout Canada.

Ocean Education

A collection of educator resources centred around human interaction with oceans.

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Ocean Education Wednesday: English Slide Deck

Ocean Education Wednesday was created in an effort to stimulate an interest in marine biology in the classroom. With the cancellation of ocean-themed activities, such as trips to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre or aquarium visits, students aren’t able to engage with ocean ecosystems in person. Ocean Education Wednesday hopes to provide a way to continue the life-long learning and experiences these sorts of trips have always provided.

Ocean School

Ocean School is a free, bilingual educational resources integrated with Google Classroom and alined with curriculums for grades 6-9.

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Online Ocean

New compilation of various Ocean Wise resources that can be completed from home consisting of crafts, activities, and live stream events!

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Our Ocean in Covid-19 by EOceans

Download the app and become a citizen scientist as they track changes in our ocean during Covid-19.

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Check out these resources developed by educational consultant Krystal Pyke as a part of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. Learn more about the Salish Sea and salmon!

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Parks Canada Toolkit

Parks Canada administers one of the finest and most extensive systems of natural and cultural heritage places in the world. National historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas provide Canadians and visitors the opportunity to discover, learn about, and connect with Canada’s national treasures.

PHMA Online by Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Meditation videos, tide pool exploration/storytime videos, aquatic comics, activity booklets, interviews/aquarium archive videos.

Plonger dans l’océan: French Slide Deck

Les mercredis “Plonger dans l’océan” ont été créés dans le but de stimuler l’intérêt pour la biologie marine en classe. Avec l’annulation des activités et visites sur le thème de l’océan, tels que les visites d’aquariums, les étudiants ne sont pas en mesure de s’impliquer en personne dans les écosystèmes océaniques. Les mercredis “Plonger dans l’océan” espèrent fournir un moyen de poursuivre l’apprentissage et les expériences de vie que ce genre d’activités a toujours fourni.

Postsecondary & Early Career Toolkit

No matter where you live or how far from the ocean’s shoreline you may be, we all have a connection to and impact on the ocean. This toolkit enables postsecondary students and early career professionals to learn about opportunities and potential career pathways in the ocean sector.

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Public Libraries & Community Groups Toolkit

This toolkit has been created to support individuals working in library and community spaces with a user-friendly approach to facilitating learning experiences about the ocean and waterways in Canada.

Ripley’s at Home

Watch a live shark feeding or do a fin-tastic ocean craft. Resources for: Pre-K, Elementary, and Middle school-aged kids.

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Salmon Run Field Day

Lesson plan for an interactive field trip focusing on intertidal zones and salmon habitat.

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Salmonids in the Classroom- Intermediate

This resource includes lessons (grade 4-7) on salmon migration and survival in the ocean and estuary, salmon fisheries and watershed studies (English & French).

School-Based Weather Station Network

Database of weather data from schools over Vancouver Island with associated activities and lesson plans.

Schools Toolkit #1

The aim of this toolkit is to engage learners in ocean education, deepen their awareness of and connection to the ocean, and to inspire action in the classroom community and beyond.

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Schools Toolkit #2

This toolkit was curated by Ocean School and represents a small inventory of fun, innovative, inquiry-based learning experiences that incorporate powerful storytelling techniques, immersive technologies, and interactive media.

Science at Home by Ingenium

An array of engaging and online resources — perfect for parents, teachers, and students. Browse online educational programs by museum name or by type. Explore new spaces through our virtual tours, or visit digital exhibitions through Ingenium’s partnership with
Google Arts & Culture.

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Science First Peoples

A teacher resource guide to integrate non-appropriated traditional ecological knowledge into the curriculum.

Scientist in Residence Program

The Scientist in Residence Program’s mission is to inspire children with extraordinary science. This program is based on the partnerships that develop between teachers and scientists, and their sharing of knowledge and passion for both teaching and science.

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SeaChoice Sustainable Seafood

Teaching kit designed to help teachers educate their students about the value of the oceans and marine conservation issues, with a focus on the global fisheries crisis.

Seaquaria Ocean Education Facebook Group

Facebook group for those who use Seaquaria educational tools.

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Shouting Whales

A comprehensive marine teaching resource that features the marine soundscape, life of marine mammals and more.

SPLASHmail: April 2015

1st Annual Conference ‘Ocean Literacy in Canada’ June 17-18 in Vancouver, BC. This two-day workshop and AGM will include presentations, field trips, and provide the networking and dialoguing opportunities necessary to create a unified, coordinated approach to enhancing Canadian ocean literacy.

SPLASHmail: April 2016

Join the growing network of individuals working to advance ocean literacy in Canada! CaNOE is hosting their 2nd Annual Ocean Literacy Conference and AGM from June 9-11 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SPLASHmail: April 2018

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”.

SPLASHmail: December 2015

Wow, what a year it has been! This year CaNOE hosted the first Ocean Literacy in Canada conference, elected the organization’s first Board of Directors, and began strategic planning for the years to come.

SPLASHmail: December 2016

It’s that time of the year again… classrooms empty and homes fill as family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays and the change of seasons. If you’re lucky enough to live near a coast, bundle up and head to the shore to watch winter waves reshape the beach.

SPLASHmail: December 2017

Last month, CaNOE’s co-chair Anne Stewart described CaNOE’s place in global ocean literacy initiatives and introduced us to the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA). In this second of a three-part series, Anne provides more detail about AORA’s work.

SPLASHmail: December 2018

As we wrap up the calendar year, we are celebrating 5 years as Canada’s first NGO voice for ocean literacy.

SPLASHmail: February 2015

SAVE THIS DATE! 1st Annual Conference ‘Ocean Literacy in Canada’, June 17-18 in Vancouver, BC. Bringing scientists, educators, and communicators together to advance ocean literacy in Canada. Registration and more info coming soon!

SPLASHmail: February 2016

Love is in the air this month and at CaNOE we started wondering, “What is it about the ocean that makes us love it so much?”

SPLASHmail: February 2017

As many of you know, today marks the beginning of CaNOE’s first Membership Drive with a “Love Your Ocean” theme.

SPLASHmail: February 2018

At 1:35 am PT on January 23, 2018, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 175 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska.

SPLASHmail: January 2015

The Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative: Fisherman’s Forum 2014. The Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative (referred to as GAMS) is based on three pillars, Education, Research, and Community.

SPLASHmail: January 2016

The Ocean Literacy Framework provides a set of seven ocean literacy principles for grades K-12 that is available to print and download. As we begin a new year, we encourage you to choose one or more principles to learn more about.

SPLASHmail: January 2017

I would have never thought she was celebrating her 100th birthday the first time I saw her off the San Juan Islands in 2011.

SPLASHmail: January 2018

In November and December 2017, CaNOE’s co-chair Anne Stewart described CaNOE’s place in TransAtlantic Ocean Literacy initiatives and introduced us to the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA). In this final installment of a three-part series, Anne summarizes CaNOE’s efforts towards both global and national Ocean Literacy.

SPLASHmail: July 2015

Happy summer. This is a special July-August edition of the SPLASHmail newsletter, our first newsletter since the Ocean Literacy Conference & AGM in June. Since the conference, our newly elected Board of Directors has been working hard to lay the groundwork for CaNOE to move forward.

SPLASHmail: July 2016

CaNOE aims to advance ocean literacy throughout Canada, and we are certainly not alone in recognizing the need for increased understanding of the value of oceans; ocean literacy initiatives span the Seven Seas!

SPLASHmail: July 2017

There is an expression (attributed to several people) that says, “To those whom much is given, much is expected.”

SPLASHmail: July 2018

While some of you were enjoying a well-deserved summer break from thinking about teaching, our Outreach and Education Working Group was hard at work, trying to make your job easier (well, at least part of your job easier!).

SPLASHmail: June 2015

Ocean Literacy Conference update: We are delighted at the level of interest in ocean literacy in Canada and we look forward to seeing everyone in Vancouver on June 17. Sessions on June 17 are now full but there are still places for the exciting CaNOE Quests (field trips) on June 18.

SPLASHmail: June 2016

Field trip. For most people, just reading those words brings back memories of bus rides and bagged lunches; and the sights, sounds, and smells of a day of freedom. But when I think of my favourite field trip ever, I think of hagfish slime.

SPLASHmail: June 2017

There is certainly no shortage of things to do and see during Oceans Week!

SPLASHmail: June 2018

We know that most of our loyal readers are ocean people, and that for many of you, every day is Oceans Day, but it’s nice to have a global day of celebration to remind everyone else about the magic and value of the ocean that connects us all.

SPLASHmail: March 2015

1st Annual Conference ‘Ocean Literacy in Canada’ June 17-18 in Vancouver, BC. Bringing scientists, educators, and communicators together to advance ocean literacy in Canada. Keynote by Dr. Boris Worm, Dalhousie University!

SPLASHmail: March 2016

The 2016 Ocean Literacy Conference Registration is OPEN!! We are thrilled to announce registration is open for CaNOE’s 2nd Annual Ocean Literacy Conference & AGM!

SPLASHmail: March 2017

Canadian history has been defined by our oceans and they continue to support fisheries, tourism, transportation, and research. Like most marine ecosystems around the world, however, our oceans are facing increased pressure from both new and historic uses.

SPLASHmail: March 2018

For well over a decade, ocean scientists and educators concerned about the future health of the ocean have lamented the lack of ocean sciences in curriculum and textbooks.

SPLASHmail: May 2015

1st Annual Conference ‘Ocean Literacy in Canada’ June 17-18 in Vancouver, BC. This two-day workshop and AGM will include presentations, field trips, and provide the networking and dialoguing opportunities necessary to create a unified, coordinated approach to enhancing Canadian ocean literacy.

SPLASHmail: May 2016

In modern times we talk of ocean literacy and ocean science, but in our quest to measure and document we shouldn’t forget that there are different ways of “knowing” the ocean.

SPLASHmail: May 2017

Earth is oftened called the “ocean planet,” but in recent years it has become clear that …..

SPLASHmail: May 2018

April 26th in Ottawa marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for ocean literacy (OL) in Canada.

SPLASHmail: November 2014

Citizen Science – Earthdive is a global research project for millions of recreational scuba divers, snorkellers and others who can help preserve the health and diversity of our oceans.

SPLASHmail: November 2015

A complex and resilient benthic zone helps build a diverse and successful marine ecosystem. Over the summer, the first CaNOE Board of Directors realized we needed to build a strong foundation and vision for the organization in order to connect our members working to advance ocean literacy in Canada.

SPLASHmail: November 2016

Several years ago, an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space museum told the story of how humans have charted routes through history.

SPLASHmail: November 2017

In the first of a three-part series, CaNOE’s Co-chair Anne Stewart explains CaNOE’s place in the global ocean literacy movement. CaNOE works to advance ocean literacy in Canada, but not in isolation.

SPLASHmail: November 2018

Here at CaNOE, we are happy to share our latest adventures and favourite ocean-y stories with you in our monthly newsletter.

SPLASHmail: October 2015

CaNOE is now in the middle of a Strategic Planning Process, and beginning to plan the 2016 Ocean Literacy Conference! These efforts are being led by ‘Working Groups’, comprised of CaNOE’s Board of Directors as well as general members.

SPLASHmail: October 2016

The media is full of sobering (and occasionally frightening) articles decrying a planetary scourge of ocean trash. Disturbing images accompany the stories.

SPLASHmail: October 2017

It’s not your imagination. September 2017 was the single most active month for Atlantic tropical cyclones on record, topping the previous record from September 2004.

SPLASHmail: October 2018

One of the most exciting events for us at CaNOE this past month was the G7 Ministerial Meeting hosted in Halifax from September 19-21.

SPLASHmail: September 2014

Our NEW website at www.oceanliteracy.ca was launched on World Oceans Day in June. Check it out for feature articles, guest blogs from ocean scientists, citizen science opportunities, and information about our first AGM next spring. We welcome contributions from our members, so if you have something to share let us know!

SPLASHmail: September 2015

Wow – it’s September already… We hope you all enjoyed some relaxing time this summer at the coast, on the ocean or in your watershed. There are lots of exciting things happening with CaNOE right now!

SPLASHmail: September 2016

CaNOE loves rivers, and on Sunday, September 25, World Rivers Day, we plan to honour Canadian rivers, large and small.

SPLASHmail: September 2018

As luxurious as the warm, sunny days of summer can be, there is something invigorating about the crispness in the air at this time of year.

Storm Drain Marketing Plan

Student/community groups paint yellow fish on road next to storm drains to remind us that all drains lead to salmon habitat (stream to sea); outreach messages and materials included to reduce stormwater pollution.

Stream to Sea

Education Program that includes resources and curriculum for all grade levels to help students understand, respect and protect local watersheds, from stream to sea (also available in French).

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Stream to Sea by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Curriculum and programs to support Educators who wish to help students (k-12) learn more about the watery world, from Stream to Sea.

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The Northern Abalone: Species at Risk

Explore the history of the abalone fishery in B.C. with student presentations and an interactive game (with marshmallows!). English and French.

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Through Mala’s Eyes

A series of lesson plans to foster appreciation of Inuit culture and lifestyles.

Turn down the volume!: The impact of sound on harbour porpoises

Explore connectivity between the marine environment and humans by learning about the impact of sound on harbour porpoise and student empowerment to make a difference (English & French)

Virtual Sea School

Geared to kids in grades 2-4, journey through the Ocean Defender course with virtual lessons!

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Webinars by Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids

A webinar series directed towards youth with an ocean protection approach. Also includes worksheets and further learning resources.

Where the land meets the sea: the nearshore

Lesson plan (grade 4-11) about marine nearshores and some of their inhabitants (eelgrass and forage fish); English & French.

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Where the land meets the shore

Lesson plan (grade 4-11) about marine nearshores and some of their inhabitants (eelgrass and forage fish); English & French.

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