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23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

Ocean Teens Education

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

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Ocean Teens is an educational programme provided by SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium tailored for young adult learning. Develop your high school students' passion for our oceans through the exploration of our underwater world. Ocean Teens allows students to learn from a wealth of experience with our marine specialists' expertise and getting a guide to marine careers after school. We provide the choice of either a semi-guided tour or a classroom session to best suit your group’s requirements. The session will focus specifically on ONE of the Ocean Teens Topics listed below that you opt for.

 

Classroom Session

The 45-minute Classroom Session involves an educational presentation from one of our dedicated marine educators in our school room, where students are encouraged to explore, discuss and investigate different topics and themes. The session will focus on the Ocean Teen topic of your choice, each of which is complimented by using authentic animal artefacts.

Your group will then embark on a self-directed tour around the aquarium to reiterate and emphasise the learnings from the classroom session. Topic specific worksheets are available to ensure your students are getting the most educational value from their visit as possible.

 

Semi-Guided Tour

One of our Marine Educators will guide your class around specific aquarium zones on an exclusive 45 minutes tour focusing on your Ocean Teens Topic of choice! Use of authentic marine artefacts at the conclusion of the tour will further engage and assist your students in understanding the session content.

Your group will then embark on a self-directed tour around the aquarium to reiterate and emphasise the learnings from the classroom session. Topic specific worksheets are available to ensure your students are getting the most educational value from their visit as possible.

 

HIGH SCHOOL TOPICS

During this education session students will be introduced to the basics of DNA, mutations, natural selection and the role these play in both evolution and adaptations. Serving as a comprehensive introduction, or a perfect recap, this session engages students with real-life examples that they can see in authentic marine artefacts and within the attraction.

Education session content will vary between year levels – our sessions are designed to complement the New Zealand curriculum as well as build on each other from year to year.

By completing this session students will:

  • Learn the basic structure of DNA
  • Understand what type of mutations can occur in DNA and how.
  • Understand how natural selection occurs and why.
  • Understand the relationship and difference between evolution and adaptations.
  • Understand the different types of adaptations and how they occur.
  • Be able to recognise adaptations in animals and explain the advantage they provide.

 

With so many conservation issues facing our planet – how do you know where to begin? Within this lesson, one of our marine educators will guide students through some of the biggest threats facing our oceans. They will look at both global threats, as well as threats that are right on our front doorstep in the Hauraki Gulf. Students will leave the lesson feeling informed and optimistic as we focus on not only the threats and their impacts, but also the solutions and headway that’s already being made towards healthier oceans for us all.

Education session content will vary between year levels – our sessions are designed to complement the New Zealand curriculum as well as build on each other from year to year.

By completing this session students will:

  • Understand the current major threats facing our oceans, as well as our local marine environments.
  • Learn how these threats have come about, and the way in which they are impacting our environment.
  • Consider various stakeholders for specific threats (i.e. non-sustainable fishing) to understand why change can be slow.
  • Hear about current projects and initiatives that are having a hugely positive impact on ocean health.
  • Discuss ways in which we can all contribute to better ocean health.
  • Discover volunteer opportunities available to them in local conservation.

 

A mix of early Antarctic exploration and polar ecosystems, this lesson takes your students on a journey to the Earth’s harshest habitat. Not only will they be regaled with the story of Robert Falcon Scott and his part in the race to the South Pole, they will also learn about sub-Antarctic species and their unique adaptations to the cold. Students will be engaged every step of the way with artefacts from the ‘age of exploration’ as well as artefacts from our penguin colony.

Education session content will vary between year levels – our sessions are designed to complement the New Zealand curriculum as well as build on each other from year to year.

By completing this session students will:

  • Know who Robert Falcon Scott was and the role he played in Antarctic exploration
  • Understand how early exploration has contributed to modern day climate change research.
  • Learn about the Antarctic Treaty and what it means.
  • Learn about the environmental conditions of polar habitats.
  • Recognise specific adaptations that animals living in polar regions have in order to survive the harsh conditions.
  • Understand the threats facing polar habitats and the animals that live there, as well as ways that we can all help protect these regions.

 

This education session will enable students to use an animal’s morphology to gauge its lifestyle in terms of where it lives, what and where in the water column it feeds and how it moves. This is achieved by taking a close look at different body parts and how they function with one of our dedicated marine educators.

Education session content will vary between year levels – our sessions are designed to complement the New Zealand curriculum as well as build on each other from year to year.

By completing this session students will:

  • Be able to identify the different morphological features of an animal.
  • Understand how the morphology of features dictate how an animal operates.
  • Understand how scientists can gain information about an animal based solely on its morphology.
  • Be able to propose an animal’s potential habitat based solely on its morphology.
  • Be able to recognise various marine creatures.

 

There is much more to the ocean than meets the eye, and our marine educators are here to guide your students through it! This session focusses on the features of the ocean which earnt it the title of the Earth’s “Life Support System”. We’ll look at the ocean circulation, water cycle, carbon cycle, rock cycle and how the oceans influence the weather and climate.

Education session content will vary between year levels – our sessions are designed to complement the New Zealand curriculum as well as build on each other from year to year.

By completing this session students will:

  • Learn about the different cycles that operate within the ocean.
  • Understand the role of each cycle/aspect and why the are important to the whole planet.
  • Learn how the ocean influences weather and climate.
  • Learn about the impact that climate change can have on the ocean, as well as the cycles that operate within it.

Our marine education will help your students discover why animals behave in certain ways, what makes them tick, how we can use that to enhance their lives and why these behaviours are important for their continued survival in the wild. Understanding the thought processes of animals is critical to understanding how we can protect and conserve them, both within aquariums and within wild populations.

Education session content will vary between year levels – our sessions are designed to complement the New Zealand curriculum as well as build on each other from year to year.

By completing this session students will:

  • Learn about the history of animal psychology and how it has been applied in the past.
  • Understand that an animal’s behaviour often has an intended purpose/outcome.
  • Recognise certain behaviours and know what the desired outcome of the behaviour might be.
  • Learn how knowledge of natural animal behaviour can be applied in aquariums, and the benefit of understanding them.
  • Learn how knowledge of natural animal behaviour can be applied to the conservation of wild populations.

Are your students trying to decide where their future careers lay? Are they interested in marine science and aquariums, but not sure what’s involved? Then this is the session for you! Learn from experience with our marine team as they walk students through a day in the life of an educator, aquarist, bird keeper and more!

Education session content will vary between year levels.

By completing this session students will:

  • Know the various roles operating within an aquarium.
  • Hear about the different study options/career paths taken by people working within SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s.
  • Know what volunteer opportunities exist locally for people interested in marine studies and conservation.
  • Hear advice from people currently studying and working in marine science and conservation.

Looking for something else?

You can email our education team via learn@kellytarltons.co.nz for specific education topic requests - we will endeavour to accommodate requests on a case-by-case basis.

Alternatively, you can plan a self-directed visit and, with our help, tailor it to meet your exact needs. Take a look at our additional teacher notes and worksheets linked below - these will help you add educational value to any type of visit!

 

OCEAN YOUTH PROGRAMME

The Ocean Youth Programme builds tomorrow's leaders and change makers to conserve and protect our oceans. Ocean Youth is all about gaining skills and implementing solutions to some of the big, hairy issues our oceans face, and influencing others to do the same.

The above outcome is achieved through both nature-based excursions and in-house skill building sessions that occur over the course of an entire year. These provide participants with the confidence and knowledge to complete their own conservation project with the help of a dedicated Ocean Youth coordinator and on-site team.

In addition to amazing experiences and learning new skills, Ocean Youth brings youth together with other like-minded individuals. Sharing a passion, motivation, and inspiration with others positively impact participants as much as the sessions themselves!

For more information, or to apply, please visit: http://www.oceanyouth.org/. Alternatively, you can email learn@kellytarltons.co.nz.

The important stuff

Excursion admission type  Price per person Details
Teacher previsit scouting   FREE Complementary preliminary scouting visit provided for planning excursions. 24 hours advance notice required. 
Self-directed high school student $12.50 High school students aged 13 - 18 years old inclusive on a self-guided visit. All abilities.

High school student with classroom session or semi-guided tour

$15.00 High school students aged 13 - 18 years old inclusive on a semi-guided tour or classroom session. All abilities.
Teacher/supervisor  FREE  1 free teacher or adult supervisor per 6 students
Additional teacher/supervisor $31.00 Extra teacher or adult supervisor in addition to the free ratio listed above.
Disabled carer FREE 1 free disabled carer per 1 disabled high school student.

All documents must be signed by the relevant parties and brought with you on the day of your visit.

Click here to download all you need to know about your excursion

Click here to download the Behaviour Contract

Click here to download the Parent Helper agreement 

Click here to download the RAMS form

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CONTACT DETAILS: 

For education enquiries, please call +64 9 531 5157, email learn@kellytarltons.co.nz or submit our online enquiry form via our booking page.