Marine mammals of BC

The coast of British Columbia is made up of complex geography, oceanography, and highly productive waters creating a diversity of habitats and rich assemblage of marine mammals.  A quarter of the world's marine mammal species have been found along the coast of British Columbia. 

The Marine Mammals of BC program allows students to understand the ocean conditions and marine ecosystems that support this rich diversity as well as use interactive games and activities to understand behaviours, adaptations, and current conservation threats.  


All programs are adapted to suit each grade level
Grades: K-12
Location: In-Class workshop
Classroom requirements:

  • Projector
  • Students and desks pre-arranged in groups of 5-6
  • Sink
  • Plants and animals have observable features (Gr.K)
  • Adaptations of local animals (Gr.K)
  • local First Peoples uses of plants and animals (Gr. K)
  • Names of local animals (Gr. 1)
  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment (Gr. 1)
  • Behavioural adaptations of animals in their local environment (Gr. 1)
  • Water sources including local watersheds (Gr. 2)
  • Biodiversity in the local environment (Gr. 3)
  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped and interact in their ecosystems (Gr. 3)
  • Sensing and responding to other animals (Gr. 4)
  • the effect of temperature on particle movement (Gr. 4)
  • All living things respond to their environment (Gr. 4)
  • Organisms have evolved over time (Gr. 7)
  • Survival needs (Gr. 7)
  • The relationship of micro-organisms with living things (Gr. 8)
  • Sustainability of systems (Gr. 9-12)
  • First People knowledge of interconnections and sustainability (Gr. 9)
  • Adaptations and extinctions (Gr. 11)
  • Environmental stressors (Gr. 11)