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Welcome to the Ocean Sciences Centre Public Education website! Marine sciences is an exciting field to learn about. Here we present a variety of resources to help you learn about marine organisms and OSC research related to them.

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New Ocean Science summer camps for youth

The Coastal Explorers summer program sets sail in July and August this year, with an exciting array of marine science day camps and workshops for youth – including a meeting with sharks!

Students aged 7 to 17 can choose from a variety of ocean adventures. They can explore the underwater world using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), try on the role of marine researcher, or learn the ropes of navigation and marine safety. Or they can become a general coastal explorer, immersed in the wide and fascinating world of ocean science and technology. And one group of workshop participants will indeed learn all about sharks in our waters and why it’s important to protect them. They will even attempt to capture, tag and release a shark for an ongoing research project.

These marine science adventures take place onboard a Transport Canada-certified 42-ft vessel led by an experienced captain and crew, and guided by qualified marine interpreters. Scientists from MUN, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada and the World Wildlife Federation will also join the adventure and contribute to the learning experience.

The adventures set sail from the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club in Long Pond, and from Newman Sound in Terra Nova National Park. Spaces are limited, so check out details and sign up soon at

OSC and MUN scientists are fully onboard new program

Scientists and educators from MUN, the Marine Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada and others are all onboard this new programming for youth. Coastal Explorers is part of a larger Ocean Education Initiative, led by the Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP), to expose younger students to the richness of our marine environment and the many career possibilities it presents.

In time, it will give high school students a hands-on role in marine research projects as they explore the ocean depths and examine the marine environment and its creatures up close, using the latest oceanographic equipment. The Coastal Explorers field program is currently being piloted at 16 schools on the east and west coasts of the province. It includes at-sea excursions and onshore programming at the Ocean Sciences Centre, Bonne Bay Marine Station and Terra Nova National Park.

MUN scientists are excited to share their knowledge and integrate younger students into research projects underway in our waters. New digital tools are being created for this purpose, and by September 2014 we will see high school students monitoring invasive species, mapping ocean habitats, and participating in a sustainable fisheries project – all from their classrooms. Regular live webcasts will connect them with scientists and other ocean professionals as they undertake this work.