Ocean Aware Challenge
Learn about the 7 Principles of Ocean Literacy through fun, hands-on activities utilising materials around your home.

You are connected to the ocean no matter where you live, so come explore the ocean without even getting wet! Youth of all ages are invited to explore ocean literacy through fun crafts, games and science demonstrations. The multiple activities on offer tie into each of the following Seven Principles of Ocean Literacy so that you understand the ocean’s impact on you and vice versa.

Watch our video explainers about activities related to the Seven Principles of Ocean Literacy.

1. Earth has one big ocean with many features.
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate
4. The ocean makes Earth habitable
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected
7. The ocean is largely unexplored

As these activities were developed in partnership with the British Columbia Council of Girl Guides of Canada, the words "girls", "Guiders", and the pronoun "she" are used extensively, however, these activities can be carried out by anyone!

For more information, contact or download the activity descriptions here.

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