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Join us for a journey of Discovery

The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, but more than 95% of the ocean remains unexplored. At Coastal Explorers, we like to think of the ocean as a giant classroom right outside our front door. Our passion is exposing young people to the wonders of the ocean – igniting their curiosity and getting them hooked on learning. Welcome aboard!

Field School

As a coastal province, our economy, history and culture are tied to the sea, and yet, students learn so little about the ocean at our doorstep.

Our goal is to offer programming to bridge that gap. We offer one-day and multi-day programming in spring and fall for grades 4-12, linked to the Newfoundland and Labrador science curriculum.

Are you a teacher or school administrator interested in arranging a rich and engaging learning experience for your students?

Our programs help you achieve your learning outcomes, from habitats to biodiversity to water quality, weather and more!  We offer high-quality programming lead by experienced and enthusiastic marine educators.

Contact us to schedule your trip!

Our Programs

School Program

We invite you and your students (grades 4-12) to join us for an interactive learning experience like no other. Students discover the ocean environment and become marine scientists for the day. They contribute to active research and use scientific tools and underwater technology.

Guided by experienced marine interpreters, captains, and crew, we put youth behind the wheel and help them chart their own course.

These programs are offered May through June and September through November at our four field sites. Programs can be tailored for your needs, and when funding is available, we offer qualifying schools a subsidy to assist with bussing costs.

Our programs were designed to help teachers meet specific core labs and learning outcomes and were developed with input from teachers, administrators and curriculum specialists in Newfoundland and Labrador.


For more information, contact us.

Enrichment Program in Marine Science and Technology

Are you a high school student with an interest in discovering the mysteries of the ocean?

Become a scientist during weekends in October working onboard our vessel, onshore, or in the lab monitoring coastal environments. Participants will develop new skills including:

  • Project planning
  • Data collection
  • Field safety
  • Knowledge in operating scientific tools and equipment

Students can use this experience to meet their graduate requirements of 30 volunteer hours and discover potential careers of interest in ocean sectors.

For more information, contact us.

Mentorship Program

Teachers, you can meet curriculum outcomes for the ‘Biodiversity’ unit of Biology 2201, with students getting hands-on with dissections to discover fish anatomy, using live invertebrates to learn how to use a dichotomous key, exploring diverse marine habitat, and assisting with a harp seal behaviour study.

High school students connect with Memorial University graduate students each year in October and November through this collaboration with Memorial University’s Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC). During this one-day program, participants are guided through the marine lab by experienced graduate students and learn about potential career pathways in ocean research.

This year, we are excited to announce we will also be piloting a distance-learning opportunity for interested high schools who are too far away geographically to participate in the lab-based program in OSC.  Graduate students will be available to connect with classrooms across the province and to share parts of the lab-based educational experience with students via web-based interactive sessions that will utilize digital microscopes.

We are grateful to the NL Department of Business, Culture, Tourism and Rural Development for funding support through a 2016 ‘Youth Innovation Grant’, and to our program partner, Memorial University’s Department of Ocean Sciences.

For more information, contact us.

Summer Internship Program

Coming in Summer 2017 – check back or sign up to our newsletter for updates!

Our Field Sites

We currently offer our educational programming at four field sites around the province with more in development. Our current sites are: Terra Nova National Park, Ocean Sciences Centre, Bonne Bay Marine Station, and Holyrood. Click here for more details.

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About Us

We bring learning to life through engaging, hands-on educational programming at sea, on the shore and at our lab-based facilities as well as via live streaming events and social media channels.

Our team has extensive experience in marine sciences, informal and formal education, technology and communications. With a background in teaching and the sciences, we translate experiences into multi-faceted educational programmes that students can enjoy and be inspired by – and that help teachers meet curriculum outcomes.

Coastal Explorers is a collaboration of many partners, educators, scientists, and partner schools as well as our funding and industry partners.  Find out more about our partnerships at www.olp.oceansnl.net.

Meet Our Program Team

Chelsie Archibald

Manager of Field Programs + Outreach 

Oceans Learning Partnership

Danielle Nichols

Research Marketing Manager

Department of Ocean Sciences, Memorial University

Allison Eaton

Manager of Bonne Bay Marine Station

Memorial University

Yolanda Collins

Senior Interpreter, Parks Canada

Andrea Cote

Partnering and Engagement Officer, Parks Canada

Jan Negrijn

Captain and Owner, Coastal Connections Ltd.

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If you are a retired or active scientist or educator, or are working in one of our ocean industries, and are keen to share your knowledge and expertise with a young audience, let us know!  We are bringing real-world science and projects into the classroom, linking scientists and other ocean professionals with schools in the province. Please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.


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