We’re working closely with Terra Nova National Park, the Ocean Sciences Centre, Bonne Bay Marine Station and the Town of Holyrood to provide joint programming for students using existing infrastructure – including touch tanks, wet labs, aquaria, presentation theatres, docks and boat launches. Other partnerships are in earlier stages of development. Over time this broad network of partners will provide exciting programming options for students in all regions of the province.
Terra Nova National Park, Parks Canada
As a protected area, the park is a hub of research activity, including ocean research conducted by government scientists. Its ocean education facilities include a large touch tank and three aquaria, a fully equipped wet lab, presentation theatre, boat launches and docks, as well as visitor accommodations.
Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University
This cold ocean research facility houses laboratories where scientists conduct research related to the flora and fauna of the northwest Atlantic Ocean and shore-based studies of cold-ocean processes and subarctic, Arctic and deep-sea organisms. The centre’s public education program includes an outdoor touch tank with a variety of local marine life and a visitors’ platform to view harp seals.
Bonne Bay Marine Station, Memorial University
Located within beautiful Gros Morne National Park, this facility supports ongoing research and teaching on topics related to oceanography, marine ecology/biology, invasive species and aquaculture. Facilities include teaching laboratories, touch tanks and aquaria, a presentation theatre, launch and docking sites, as well as onsite accommodations.