Junior Marine Biologist for a Day   –  Mon 16th December 2019  – Register here

Junior Marine Biologist for a Day

Marine Biologist for a Day – Junior

Ever wondered how many teeth a shark has? How long sea cucumbers live for? Which animal throws its stomach out through its mouth to eat? Ocean Life Education’s Marine Biologist for a Day Program is designed for children with a curiosity about the marine environment and all the animals who live in it.

This program delves well below the surface to provide kids with an in-depth knowledge about sea creatures and clears up some common misconceptions about the ocean’s much maligned apex predator.

As part of the hands on nature of the program, children get to touch different shark jaws, learning about the shape of their teeth and why they vary so much between species.

An essential part of the learning process is making sure the information is delivered in a fun and tactile way.

While meeting Rainbow, the freshwater turtle, children discover how simple pollutants such as plastic bags are proving fatal to sea turtles. They learn how the reptile’s digestive system prevents rubbish, mistaken as food, from being regurgitated.

While stroking sea stars, handling sawfish rostrums and observing a baby shark from close quarters, the children absorb a huge amount of interesting facts, which they share with their parents in a presentation at the end of the day.

FAQs

Are there age/grade requirements to participate? Yes, suitable for 7 – 12 year olds and is ideal for anyone with a passion for the ocean and a desire to make a difference to the lives of sea creatures.

What time does the day start and finish? Start time is 9am and finish time is 2.30pm. Please arrive at 8.45 for a 9 am start. Parents are welcome from 2pm to be educated by their children and view the live marine animals.

What to bring?

CLOTHING – Children are asked to bring a hat, for morning tea and lunch times. Dress comfortably, casual with enclosed shoes.
MEALS – Bring drinks, morning tea and lunch.

Supervision? The children will be supervised at all times by the workshop leaders both in workshop times and break times. During break times children are supervised in designated areas. Parents are asked not to take children away from the supervised area before notifying the event organisers. Please note parents are not required to stay. However, if necessary, you may touch base with your child during break times.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? You can contact the Ocean Life Education office phone: 07 5443 8545 or email us: info@oceanlifeeducation.com.au

What do I do if my child is unwell on the day? Please notify the event coordinator as soon as possible. Your child may be able to attend the next event if available.

What is the Refund Policy? Refunds available up to 30 days prior to the event.

“My daughter loved being a Marine Biologist for a Day.  She was clearly engaged because she retained so much information – months later she still tells people about her experience. It was extra great that beyond the animal information she took away a real sense of the importance of environmental care too. I highly recommend this activity and look forward to booking her in for more!” Rebecca 

“We treat the ocean likes it’s invincible but it’s not. Every little thing that ends up in the sea has the potential to make animals sick – and if they start to die off, the impact on humans is huge as well. Making that connection between sea and land is vital for the planet’s future.” Richard Coward, Ocean Life Education

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Senior Marine Biologist for a Day – Wed 11th December 2019 – Register here

Senior Marine Biologist for a Day

High School Students

Are you interested in Marine Science, thinking about becoming a Marine Biologist?

Dive into the world of marine science. This full day program is an excellent way to introduce students to the marine environment, engage students in marine science, and spark the interest of those with little previous exposure.

Students will cover a wide variety of marine biology topics including fish adaptations, dangerous marine animals, shark ecology, echinoderm classification and much more. A fully qualified marine biologist will use our live touch tanks and preserved marine animals to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the ocean and the animals in it. Check out what’s on the inside by observing a scientific fish dissection. Learn about current ocean concerns such as microplastics, animal ethics and ocean acidification.

Understand what it is like to work in the field of marine science and learn about the career options.

You will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Spaces are limited, bookings essential!

Your Presenter

Richard Coward is a marine biologist/ecologist and founder of Ocean Life Education. As a father of three he enjoys the fascination sea animals bring to young minds. Richard’s incredible passion for the marine environment and vibrant personality allow him to educate and inspire students to care for the ocean and its inhabitants. Richard has extensive experience managing exhibits in local and overseas aquariums, working with sharks, seals, penguins, turtles, sea jellies, fish, octopus and invertebrates to name a few. He has been involved in research projects such as buoyancy syndrome turtle research, shark research and breeding programs as well as whale rescue.

FAQs

Are there age/grade requirements to participate? Yes, suitable for high school students only

What time does the day start and finish? Start time is 9am and finish time is 2.30pm. Please arrive at 8.45 for a 9 am start.

What to bring?

Your enthusiasm, lunch and a water bottle.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? You can contact the Ocean Life Education office phone: 07 5443 8545 or email us: info@oceanlifeeducation.com.au

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