Actua / Science Venture
Actua reaches youth through two main mechanisms: a national network of 33 university and college-based members, and a national Outreach Team, reaching youth in every province and territory in Canada through the delivery of summer camps, classroom workshops, clubs, and community outreach activities. Science Venture is the UVic chapter of Actua. ONC participates in local science camps every year at UVic and has partnered with Actua to create Arctic science activities which are delivered throughout Nunavut.
Bamfield Marine Science Centre
The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield, BC, Canada, is a not-for-profit facility dedicated to education and research related to coastal marine sciences. ONC and BMSC have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their respective commitments to partner on maintenance of the Folger Pinnacle node and develop research and teaching opportunities.
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is an independent society that is committed to improving education for all First Nations learners in British Columbia. ONC attends the FNESC conference to share resources and network with Indigenous educators, and FNESC experts advise ONC on incorporation of Indigenous content in learning resources.
Girl Guides of BC
Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC ) is the leading organization for girls and women in Canada, with 83,000 members across the country.Together with Girl Guides of British Columbia, Ocean Networks Canada launched a challenge crest: Ocean Aware. Girls in BC and across Canada can learn about ocean science and technology while completing fun activities and crafts. Read more in Canadian Guider (“Making a Splash”, p. 27).
Let's Talk Science
Let’s Talk Science is a national organization which creates and delivers unique learning programs and services that engage children, youth and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). ONC has partnered with LTS to create several learning kits including Budding Biologist, Budding Marine Biologist, Wonders of Weather, Tectonic Rocks! and Curious about Climate Change?.
Northwest Community College
Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution that serves the rich and diverse communities and learners of BC’s beautiful northwest region including Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rain Forest. ONC is developing an applied Instrument Technology course for the Applied Coastal Ecology program at the which will be offered for the first time in January 2017 at the Prince Rupert campus.
Open School BC
Open School BC designs, develops and distributes educational resources and services to public sector clients and K-12 schools. ONC developed a freely available resource with Open School BC called Shouting Whales to which allows grade 6-8 teachers to bring marine biology and acoustics into the classroom.
The Parks Canada mandate is as follows: “On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations.” ONC is raising awareness of local biodiversity through the Sidney Island BioBlitz and has partnered with Parks Canada to install some monitoring instruments on Parks Canada administered lands.
The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit association, dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. ONC works together with Vancouver Aquarium educators on many different events and projects including the Ship2Shore program, World Oceans Day, marine mammal monitoring and raising awareness of marine science in coastal communities.