Posts Tagged ‘harbor seals’

Visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium Virtually

November 3rd, 2017


It’s Friday, November 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Oregon Coast Aquarium


Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)


Explore the exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium with this website sponsored by the aquarium.

See what types of animals live in the aquarium by selecting an image from the available exhibits: 

  • Sandy Shores
  • Rocky Shores
  • Coastal Waters
  • Secrets of Shipwrecks
  • Sea Otters
  • Harbor Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • Giant Pacific Octopus
  • Seabird Aviary
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Orford Reef
  • Halibut Flats
  • Open Sea
  • Aquarium Grounds
  • Big Bites

Once an exhibit has been selected a page opens with a description and images of the location. Many of the pages offer a “What lives there?” section with images of creatures that live in a location. Select one of the animals to learn about it, it’s range and habitat and more.

In addition to the above exhibits, continue with your virtual tour by selecting the “Experience” in the upper menu, then select the “Aquari-cam” for a live look at the resident pinnipeds. Also, check out the “Sea Turtle Tracking” link to follow the travels of two rescued olive ridley sea turtles, Solstice and Lightning.

Under the “Education” link of the upper menu, find “Teacher Resources” then the text link in the first paragraph, On-Site School Programs page to download adaptable educational materials to use with your virtual tour.

Virtual Whale Watching

February 11th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Friday, February 11, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Virtual Whale Watching

Age Range: All

Have you wondered what it would be like to go whale watching? At this site you can go on a virtual whale watching tour. Climb aboard the cyber inflatable seacraft and join a whale watching expedition in the Juan de Fuca Strait near Victoria, British Columbia.

When you get to the site there are several pages you must click through to begin the tour — just follow the directions to the starting place. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy the open-sea excursion as you are treated to spectacular photos of marine wildlife.

Each photo is accompanied by educational text with links to more information for further study. Some of the creatures you will learn about on this tour include:

  • Killer Whales
  • Sea Lions
  • Gray Whales
  • Dall’s Porpoise
  • Harbor Seal

If you like the virtual tour, the site encourages you to try the real thing by booking a real whale watching excursion!



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Tidepool Science

April 22nd, 2008

Recommended Website:
Sense of Wonder Site

Age Range: All (Something for everyone, including videos that the whole family can enjoy.)

This delightful and education-packed science website for families was created by homeschoolers. Here’s the story…

A homeschooling mom in the San Francisco Bay Area was so inspired by Rachel Carson’s book, “Sense of Wonder,” that she took classes to be trained as a tidepooling docent. Now she is leading homeschooling families on explorations to local tidepools and planning exciting events to nurture that all-important sense of wonder in our youth. In conjunction with these activities, she came up with the idea of creating a website to share this joy of discovery with others and expand the learning opportunities for everyone.

There is a lot that can be learned from tidepools. Just take a look at what this website contains:

  • About Us – See the book that inspired this website
  • Links – Place your mouse over each screenshot to get a brief description of the external link. You’ll find:
    • Great tidepooling destinations
    • Book recommendations
    • Help with critter identification
    • Print and do activity
  • Books – Click on one of the books to open up a subsection of recommended reading. There are three sections:
    • Sand Sculptures
    • Tidepooling books for older readers
    • Tidepooling books for younger readers
  • Games – Find links to many external games related to tidepool science. Learn while you play.
    • Explore four virtual tidepools.
    • Learn about ecosystems by playing Battleships and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
    • Practice animal classification and identification.
    • and more!
  • Videos – Click on any menu item at the top to see related videos. Many of these were embedded from YouTube; a few are from other sources. Here you’ll see a sand dollar moving around on the beach, a sea urchin eating a cookie, a hermit crab switching shells under water, a demonstration of octopus intelligence, humorous sea star acrobatics, a breathtaking jellyfish performance, and even a pair of teenage boys crooning a heartfelt ballad about two food chains. And don’t miss those *adorable* baby harbor seals!
  • Events – See what local site visitors have been up to lately. If you can make it to the San Francisco Bay Area, you can sign up for an upcoming field trip. For example, Wendy has arranged special pricing and access to the Maker Faire, May 2-4 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds; if there’s any possibility that you can attend, you will want to be sure to sign up right away.
  • Forum – If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, join the forum to share experiences, post local events of interest, and upload photos.
  • Tidepooling Tips – If you do decide to go tidepooling, here you will find a few tips that will maximize everyone’s enjoyment.