Aquarium Educators Begin New Season Of Outreach

September 19, 2007

The programs bring marine education to all corners of the state

Oregon Coast Aquarium educators are preparing for a new season of outreach, bringing marine science programs to schools in counties all over Oregon. Beginning October 9 in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties, students in kindergarten through fifth grade will learn about fascinating topics from whales and invertebrates to sharks and marine mammals.

Aquarium programs are reaching more students than ever before, according to Kerry Carlin Morgan, Director of Public Programs. “We are increasing the number of students we can reach through outreach programs as well as onsite,” said Morgan.

Last year nearly 24,000 students, teachers and chaperones visited the Aquarium and utilized the facility as a living classroom. An additional 19,738 students from 854 classes benefited from the Aquarium's outreach programs.

Nearly four million visitors have taken in educational exhibits and programs since the Aquarium opened in May of 1992. Those visitors came from Newport, from all over Oregon and the nation and from Japan, Germany and many other countries. Through programs and exhibits, the Aquarium creates high-quality, innovative, enjoyable educational opportunities, using diverse approaches.

All of the Aquarium’s educational programs and materials have been designed to address Oregon's Common Curriculum Goals and specific Benchmark Standards, offering over 30 different theater and laboratory programs, self-guided tours with pre and post visit materials, Home School Week and statewide outreach.

Upcoming outreach destinations include fifteen programs in counties all over Oregon, the first of which will be about whales in two programs held in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties October 9 - 11. The 45-minute assembly programs feature slides, prepared animal specimens, costumes and life-sized inflatable animals. The programs target two age groups; kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade.

Oregon Coast Aquarium Outreach Schedule

Tillamook and Clatsop Counties
October 9 – 11 ~ Whales
K-2: Tales of Whales
3-5: What About Whales?

Klamath County
October 23-25 ~ Sharks
K-2: Shark Shenanigans
3-5: Sense-ational Sharks

Jackson and Josephine Counties
November 13-15 ~ Sharks
K-2: Shark Shenanigans
3-5: Sense-ational Sharks

Lane County
December 4-6 ~ Whales
K-2: Tales of Whales
3-5: What about Whales

Lincoln County
December 11-13 ~ Whales
K-2: Tales of Whales
3-5: What about Whales

Benton and Linn Counties
January 15-17 ~ Invertebrates
K-2: No Bones About ‘Em
3-5: From Tube Feet to Tentacles

Coos and Curry Counties
January 22-24 ~ Invertebrates
K-2: No Bones About ‘Em
3-5: From Tube Feet to Tentacles

Multnomah and Clackamas Counties
February 5-7 ~ Marine Mammals
K-2: Flippers, Fur and Fun
3-5: Dressed for Success

Marion County
February 12-14 ~ Marine Mammals
K-2: Flippers, Fur and Fun
3-5: Dressed for Success

Washington and Columbia Counties
February 26-28 ~ Marine Mammals
K-2: Flippers, Fur and Fun
3-5: Dressed for Success

Polk and Yamhill Counties
March 11-13 ~ Whales
K-2: Tales of Whales
3-5: What about Whales

Douglas County
April 1-3 ~ Whales
K-2: Tales of Whales
3-5: What about Whales

Hood River, Umatilla, Union and Wasco Counties
April 15-17, ~ Sharks
K-2: Shark Shenanigans
3-5: Sense-ational Sharks

Deschutes and Crook Counties
April 29 – May 1, ~ Sharks
K-2: Shark Shenanigans
3-5: Sense-ational Sharks

Malheur County
May 13-15 ~ Sharks
K-2: Shark Shenanigans
3-5: Sense-ational Sharks

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