Marine Discovery

Take a walk through the wonderful world of the intertidal zone along with an experienced naturalists as part of our Marine Discovery School Program. This conservation-minded experience is appropriate for grades one through seven and is linked to BC Science learning outcomes.

To begin, the naturalist comes to the classroom and orients the students to Boundary Bay Watershed, providing a context for the importance of understanding life in the intertidal zone. Students are then led, through an engaging and interactive powerpoint presentation to the various habitats and life within this incredibly diverse ecosystem.

Following the slideshow, the presenter engages the students in some hands-on show and tell and includes stories and information appropriate to the age level of the audience.We then leave the classroom teacher with a resource kit that includes teacher resource materials, student reading materials, posters and field guides as well as a small kit of hands-on artifacts.

The follow-up field trip is booked at either White Rock of Crescent Beach approximately two to three weeks after the in-class presentation. The children learn to explore the intertidal zone in a safe and respectful manner while recalling and consolidating their classroom learning.

This program is closely linked with our Beach Hero Marine Interpreter Program and generally runs in April, May and June although some good low tides in September and October allow for fall program bookings as well. Please visit this Beach Hero link for some excellent teaching resources and more information on conserving local beaches.

Learning Links and Resources:

EZ ID from Washington State University is an excellent site to help you and your students learn more about local intertidal organisms. It is an easy to use and well-organized on-line field guide with engaging photos.

Not strictly local, but another excellent source of information about aquatic life: The Wonders of the Sea also includes resources for teachers and films.

Become Ocean Literate and learn to promote this important intelligence with your students and please visit Fisheries and Ocean's Canada Stream to Sea resource to discover how you can become ocean stewards.

More teaching resources can be found at the Smithsonian. and at NOAA

For more information about booking a program or volunteering with our program leaders, please email:


Are you interested in helping students further their learning by actually caretaking marine organisms in the school? Visit the Seaquaria in the Schools website for further information! The Seaquarium pictured above was provided by funding through TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to FOSBS for temporary installation at the White Rock Museum and Archives and found a permanent home at White Rock Elementary!