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Welcome Aboard!

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, the economy, history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador are tied to the sea, and yet, students learn so little about the ocean at our doorstep.

Our goal at Coastal Explorers Field School is to offer programming to bridge that gap. We offer high-quality and safe, boat-based, shore-based and lab-based programming for K-12 classes lead by experienced and enthusiastic interpreters.

Our programming is connected to the science curriculum and helps teachers achieve the required outcomes in an engaging, hands-on way.  As well, we offer teacher training and professional development opportunities, and also have ocean resources developed for the Newfoundland and Labrador context for teachers to use in the classroom.

Contact us to find out more and to schedule your experience with us!

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.

Teacher Education

Professional Development

Are you a practicing teacher with an interest in gaining new skills and integrating ocean sciences into your teaching?  Keen to gain more confidence in taking fieldtrips to the shoreline to undertake coastal monitoring with your science students?  Coming in 2018 we will be offering video tutorials, guides, and resource kits tied to the curriculum, as well as professional development opportunities during the school year and in summer.

Hibernia Teaching Fellowships

In 2017, with the generous support of the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd, the Oceans Learning Partnership, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, the Department of Ocean Sciences (Memorial University), Johnson GEO CENTRE, and Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, implemented the Hibernia Teaching Fellowships in Ocean Sciences and Technology to foster innovation in STEM teacher education through field placements for pre-service teachers.

Field placements were designed to promote the integration of local content about the ocean into the NL science curriculum; to provide pre-service teachers with a greater understanding of informal science education; and to provide opportunities to practice teaching STEM content to K-12 students while learning from experienced science educators.

In 2018, we will once again be accepting applications in spring from pre-service teachers at Memorial University to participate in this exciting program during the fall.  Stay tuned for more information.

Summer Internship Program

A 6-week paid internship program for high school students is coming in Summer 2018 for high school students!  Opportunities available in western NL, Coast of Bays, and Eastern NL to gain work experience and new skills in ocean industries.  Stay tuned for details or contact us here.

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 Tricco

Senior Science Educator

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

David Tipton

Manager of Field Operations and Outreach

Oceans Learning Partnership

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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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