The Oregon Coast Aquarium provides visitors a window into the underwater world, but many children do not have an opportunity to visit the coast. Fortunately, the Aquarium’s outreach team will hit the road this school year to bring interactive marine science education to students across the Pacific Northwest.
The “Aquari-van” will visit elementary schools in Scio, Lebanon, Corvallis and Albany on February 18, 19 and 20.
The Aquarium offers education programs to schools throughout Oregon, venturing as far as the border towns of Northern California and Southern Washington. McKenzie Reeves, Education Specialist for the Oregon Coast Aquarium explained, “Outreach engages students at their school, allowing them to explore our unique marine world and bring the ocean to life.”
The Aquarium has four different outreach programs that focus on marine animal adaptations and are tailored to K-2 and 3-5 grades. The topics rotate so students see something different every year during the Aquarium’s annual visit.
The topic for Linn and Benton Counties’ students this year is sharks. This program highlights the unique adaptations of these famous ocean predators. Students will participate in an interactive presentation and touch biofacts like shark skin and teeth. Students will also meet “Timmy,” a life-sized inflatable great white shark.
For more information about the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s education programs, call 541-867-3474 or visit aquarium.org/education.