Teacher Resources

Curricular Materials

To download materials to accompany your visit to the Aquarium, visit the On-Site School Programs page.

To download materials to accompany the Aquarium’s outreach visit to your school, visit the Outreach Programs page.

Coastal Learning Symposium

The Coastal Learning Symposium is the Aquarium’s annual conference for pre-K-12 educators, informal educators, higher education and others to come together to share and refine their skills for using the ocean, forest and community as a context for learning across grades and subjects. The Oregon Coast Aquarium partners with the Oregon Coast STEM Hub and Oregon Forest Resources Institute to offer a unique learning experience each year.

The goals of the Coastal Learning Symposium:

  • Empower educators to use their community and local natural resources to engage students in learning.
  • Share best practices in STEM and interdisciplinary instruction pre-K-12.
  • Introduce student learning opportunities and methods for natural resource STEM education.
  • Create a community of educators who can support each other as they implement new materials in the classroom.

Join us each October to prepare the next generation of Oregonians to experience and protect our state’s resources and legacy. For more information, contact education@aquarium.org.

Professional Development

Get your students excited about marine, coastal and local environments with teacher professional development that complements your classroom curriculum.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium offers a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the school year and summer for individuals, schools and districts. These learning opportunities provide pedagogical strategies, are designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards and will support using your local community as a context for learning. You’ll increase your knowledge of science, improve teaching skills and return to your classroom with new ideas and resources to create engaging learning experiences. Contact us at education@aquarium.org to learn about upcoming trainings or to contract us to come directly to your school.

Learning opportunities will include:

  • Materials to replicate hands-on activities with your students
  • Verification of continuing education
  • Optional graduate credit (available with select opportunities)

Our professional development opportunities include:

Project-Based Learning

Discover how utilizing this interdisciplinary instructional method can create engaging units of study that teach content and skills through authentic community learning experiences.

Next Generation Science Standards

Learn how use the Next Generation Science Standards to engage your students in STEM activities using best practices. Specific areas of exploration include science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts across grades and disciplinary core ideas.

Pedagogy of Place

Discover creative ways to bring student learning to the outdoors. During this educator retreat, you can expect to feel recharged, inspired, and better prepared to make “place” an integral part of meeting student learning goals.

NAAEE Guidelines Trainings

Discover ways to improve your environmental education materials using the North American Association of Environmental Educators Guidelines for Excellence.

Creating Powerful Field Experiences

Discover strategies to make student field trips a meaningful part of your annual curriculum. Topics include improving chaperone engagement, utilizing community partners and sites and designing experiences around student learning objectives.

Outdoor School at Our Place

Outdoor School has had a long history in 5-6th grade throughout Oregon. If your school is looking to create or enhance your school’s in-house Outdoor School experience, we can help you design, implement and assess the experience you create for your students.

Oceanscape Network Education Center:

The Oceanscape Network offers great resources for teachers, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. Aside from building a FREE account which will allow you to set up online student communities and facilitate inquiry-based learning, the Network offers videos, downloadable items and other valuable educator resources.  Click here to visit the Education Center.

Ask the Educators

You have questions about the content of our programs or have general questions about marine science, please feel free to send us an e-mail at education@aquarium.org. To schedule a visit or program contact our group coordinator at 541-867-3474.

Other good websites to visit with reliable marine science information: