Oceans At Your School

Connect your students with the wonder of the ocean. Our At Your School programs bring exciting hands-on ocean science to your classroom. Led by our team of marine science educators, our programs bring to life diverse marine science topics.

All programs are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and run in partnership with Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Each program is 60 minutes in length.

Program Topics

Crab Cab (K-3rd)

Hail the Crab Cab for your class and we’ll bring the learning right to your door! Exciting activities include a crab dress-up, a crab adaptation discovery, and observations of live crabs.

Seabird Shuttle (3rd-5th)

This engaging program will bring seabird biology right to your classroom. Students will learn about local seabirds, investigate adaptations using artifacts, and discover the fascinating life cycle of a common murre by playing a life-size “chutes n’ ladders” game. The instructor will lead a discussion on ways that your students can have a positive effect on the ocean.

Sharkmobile (4th-6th)

Bring this exciting program on shark biology and conservation to your class. Students will discuss shark adaptations, discover genuine shark artifacts, and observe real footage of white shark research at the Farallon Islands.

Build and Explore with ROVs (4th-6th)

The deep ocean is a challenging environment to explore, yet scientists are continuously pushing the boundaries of deep sea research with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). In this engaging program, students will learn about the technology that makes ROVs an incredible tool for deep sea exploration, then they will use their engineering and teamwork skills to build frames for SeaMATE Pufferfish ROVs!

Germs in Our Waters, Infecting Our Otters (5th-7th)

Bring the biology of pathogens and how they infect marine mammals to your class! Through interactive games, activities and specimens, your students will learn about sea otter ecology, the importance of coastal wetland restoration, and how pathogens can affect marine mammals.

Life of a Leatherback (6th-8th)

Students will learn what it takes to be the world’s largest species of turtle! In this program, we discover the life cycle and migration patterns of a leatherback turtle through interactive games and activities. We’ll explore sea turtle skulls and specimens as well as witness real scientific video footage of a Leatherback foraging for food in the sanctuary. Students will also team up to assemble a life-size Leatherback model learn about their anatomy and physiology.

Ocean Acidification: A Sea of Change (7th-12th)

Plankton through a microscope

Students will observe live plankton samples and learn how increasing acidity affects ocean food webs and larval stages of organisms. Fun experiments will introduce your high school class to the process behind the changing chemistry and biology of the earth’s oceans.

Exploring Deep Sea Corals (9th-12th)

Take your class on an incredible journey hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ocean! Using research footage from a Remotely Operated Vehicle, your students will utilize real scientific methods to explore the deep sea coral communities found along the California Coastline.