Early Learning Programs

Ocean Life Education ‘Brings the Sea to You’ with fun environmental education programs designed to inspire children to appreciate and take responsibility for the marine ecosystem.

Our Ocean Life Discovery Program is an interactive touch and learn session introducing children to creatures from the ocean, with live marine creatures to touch and an activity area to explore. It is suited to children aged 6mths to 5 years.

Marine educators arrive with fascinating live marine animals, artefacts, games and information, blending ‘hands on’ interaction with science and humour.

A visit to an early learning centre usually includes a 20 – 30 minute show for toddlers and a 40 minute show for ages 3-5. Multiple programs for large centres and kindy programs also available.

All children receive a colourful bookmark to take home which has ideas on what they can do to help the environment.

  • Affordable, fun & interesting!
  • Qualified & experienced Marine Educators
  • Live marine animal interaction – sea stars, black sea cucumber, tropical sea cucumber, sea urchin, fresh water turtle and baby bamboo shark (no touching!)
  • Shark jaws, shells and other fascinating marine artefacts & games
  • FREE colourful bookmark to take home!
  • FREE coming to visit poster
  • Suitable for children aged 6 months – 5 years
  • Toddler & 3 – 5 year tailored programs

Toddler Program (6mths – 2.5yrs) – 20 – 30 mins

This interactive touch and learn session introduces children to creatures from the ocean.  There are marine creatures for the children to touch as well as shells and pictures to look at.  Children will discover:

  • Animals have colours, patterns, shapes and textures
  • Handling and care of live animals by following simple instruction
  • Shells are protective houses once used by living marine creatures
  • Marine animals look & feel different for a reason
  • The importance of caring for these animals
  • Animals breathe & exist under water
  • Weird sea creatures have mouths, stomachs and legs like humans, but they are very different in appearance.

Discovery Program (3-5 years) – 40 mins

This program offers a greater depth of information about creatures from the ocean.  There are marine creatures for children to touch and amazing artefacts such as shark jaws and teeth, which create excitement and understanding.  Conservation is introduced and the importance of caring for the environment for the future.  Beginning concepts of grouping animals (classification) and the role animals play in the marine environment and their relationship with other animals (ecology) is explored.

This child responsive experience will answer questions such as:

  • Why is a sea star not a starfish and how do they eat?
  • How can you tell what sharks eat, just by looking at their teeth?
  • How do sea urchins help keep the sea clean?
  • What might happen if you drop a plastic bag on the ground?
  • How do marine animals protect themselves?
Some things I might learn:


  • A starfish isn’t a fish at all – now we call the sea stars.  They are rough and spiky on top and a little squishy underneath where their tube fee are.
  • Sea Urchins don’t like being upside down and turn themselves back over using their spikes
  • Tropical sea cucumbers have red stripes to say ‘Stop!’ I’m poison, don’t eat me. They are spongy and soft
  • Lots of sea creatures use ‘camouflage’ for protection
  • Se cucumbers eat sand off the bottom of the ocean, keeping it clean
  • Some sea stars shoot their stomachs out to catch food
  • It’s up to all of us to look after our ocean, to help all the sea creatures survive and do their special job in maintaining the marine environment.

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