The Aquarium Brings the Shore to Your Door
Look for the Aquarium education van in a school near you, as a new season of outreach gets underway!
From Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport, Oregon— A new season of outreach is underway as Oregon Coast Aquarium educators take to the road in their colorful education van, bringing marine science to grade schools throughout the region. The van is painted with a mural of marine life found at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Upcoming outreach destinations include twenty weeks in counties throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Using a multimedia production, costumes, bones, pelts, skulls, and life-sized inflatable sea animals, students will discover how marine animals have adapted to life in the Pacific Northwest ocean environment. This year the Marine Mammals program will be debuting brand new seal and sea lion costumes.
Because there are many places where students aren’t in close proximity to the ocean to be able to experience the Aquarium, the outreach program “takes the shore to their door.” The Aquarium Education Department is making an effort to reach more students than ever before. “Our goal is to increase awareness and conservation of the ocean’s resources. Last year we visited over 20,000 students in three states!” said Jenni Remillard, Outreach Coordinator. “We have been expanding to new areas, visiting our first ever California school last year. It is a lot harder for schools on the east side of the state to get to the coast, so I feel this program is a valuable way to get kids excited about the ocean.”
The assemblies are age-appropriate with “Flippers, Fur and Fun,” “Shark Shenanigans,” “Tales of Whales” and “No Bones About ‘Em” for kindergarten through second grade and “Dressed for Success,” “Sense-ational Sharks,” “What About Whales?” and “From Tubefeet to Tentacles” for third through fifth grade students. The programs rotate by year, so the students never see the same program. All outreach programs are aligned to meet the Oregon Department of Education standards in science.
This outreach effort enables the Aquarium to extend its educational services to schoolchildren in rural and other underserved communities annually who might not otherwise be able to travel to the coast to visit the Aquarium. In addition to being used for outreach to schools and for offsite teacher workshops, the van is also employed to transport youth volunteers on field excursions and service projects and the transport of rehab animals.
The Aquarium Outreach Team will be visiting schools in the following counties. For schedule information about schools near you, please call 541-867-3474 ext. 5301.
Oct 23 – 25, 2012
Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2012
Linn and Benton
Nov 13 – 15, 2012
Dec 4 – 6, 2012
Dec 10 – 14, 2012
Tillamook and Clatsop
Jan 8 – 10, 2013
Jan 22 – 24, 2013
Coos and Curry
Feb 5 – 7, 2013
Columbia and Washington
Feb 12 – 14, 2013
Multnomah and Clackamas
Feb 26 – 28, 2013
Mar 12 – 14, 2013
Columbia Gorge area (OR and WA)
Mar 19 – 21, 2013
Umatilla/Union/Morrow/Walla Walla WA
April 9 – 11, 2013
April 23 – 25, 2013
May 7 – 9, 2013
Jackson/Josephine/Klamath extra week
May 21 – 23, 2013