Marine EduCare School Education Programs

Caring for the Oceans

“We want to encourage students to remain connected with the remarkable patterns of Nature which shape the Planet. As we learn to look around us, observe, be silent and receptive to the process and trust it, we gain insights and knowledge to make the changes that are necessary in our world. The teacher’s mission is to create a sacred space and environment that promotes the conditions for such a journey.”

– Isabela Keski-Frantti, Dolphin Research Australia Inc. Education Committee Coordinator

Dolphin Research Australia has education programs for all ages!!

Formal education has integrated creative learning, addressed emotional intelligence and focused on the environment and citizenship programs. Dolphin Research Australia’s programs and resources expand these learning experiences creating opportunities for children to develop awareness, creativity, inner strength, responsibility, respect and compassion. Each program focuses on engaging participants to help conserve our environment and promote awareness in the community towards environmental issues and ways each of us can help to protect it.

Each of our school education programs is designed to complement Australian school curriculum. They provide opportunities for teaching and learning through integrated curriculum (literacy, science, HSIE and PDHPE), with emphasis on one of the cross-curriculum priorities, Sustainability.


Primary School Program: Journey With Dolphins

Journey with Dolphins is an interactive program for primary schools. It aims to enhance the development of each child’s potential by providing a wide range of lifelong learning experiences. It uses the Multiple Intelligence model as a framework to help transform knowledge into wisdom and to empower children through projects that raise environmental awareness.

We should be the change we want to see in the world!  Based on this principle, Journey with Dolphins begins with a journey within, moving outwards to the group and then to the planet, as the ripple effect! With that in mind, Journey with Dolphins presents three modules:

Inner Dolphin – Self-awareness.  As …. says,’ we can only care for what we know’. The more we know ourselves, the more we grow. The more we know about our planet, the more we want to look after it!

Dolphin Education Team teaching in the great outdoors

This module has six sessions, each of which presents a theme that builds knowledge of dolphins and their environment as well as oneself through comparing and contrasting dolphins and humans. Each session presents a series of diverse activities that flow beautifully from one to another as they address the ‘multiple intelligence’ model.  An inspiring way to stimulate both brain hemispheres! There is a seventh session, which is the ‘celebration’, when children and families join Dolphin Research Australia Team for an experiential day, outdoors, to truly feel the connection with nature.

Pod of Dolphins – Group awareness. Groups play an important role from the moment we are born. The earlier we can coexist in a harmonious and healthy group environment, the more resources we will have to live our lives with resilience, wisdom and joy.

This module has six sessions, with three main themes explored in two sessions each. These are exciting themes that relate to the bigger picture: biodiversity of coasts and oceans; different dolphin species, from the smallest, Hector’s dolphins, to the largest, orcas; and our responsibility to creating and disposing of rubbish. Students have an opportunity to interact more as a group, build up team spirit and social skills.

Caring for the Planet – Environmental awareness. Once we have learnt about ourselves and each other, and we have come together as a group to work cooperatively, we can be clear about what decisions we can make to bring the changes for a sustainable world.

This module explores a diversity of environmental issues that are connected with the other modules. It presents opportunities for projects that should be carried out by the students after group discussions, decision making and careful planning. Each student should be aware that they bring to the group their unique gifts/strengths and as a team they can succeed in promoting changes in the larger community. The projects range from clean-up days to sustainable activities that support the local environment, e.g. our Adopt-a-Dolphin project, guardianship of local ecosystems, field trips etc.

In this module, the school is encouraged to join other organisations that are working on sustainable issues regarding the environment. In association, the school community and such organisations develop projects that are of benefit to both, empowering the students to exercise their leadership and citizenship. Parents are encouraged to engage in this module’s activities and events, either sharing their expertise in the field or joining the group for the intergenerational connection.

Journey with Dolphins is a program that allows the child to build up their knowledge of these amazing creatures and their environment and also encourages them to explore their own qualities/attributes in a creative and experiential way through a unique series of sessions.  This programme is compatible with the multiple intelligence model; each session follows a template that provides a wide range of activities which are integrated under a theme. Journey with Dolphins presents three modules, each of which has a different focus: self-awareness (immersing in one’s inner world), group awareness (building social skills) and environmental awareness (activating citizenship). Each module is enriched with an optional excursion organised by Dolphin Research Australia.

Price: $125/person for full course; or $25/person per session. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12 participants


Secondary School Program: ‘Cetacea World’ Program & Visit from a Marine Biologist Whale & Dolphin Ecology 

Delivered in the class or in the field by one of our marine biologists, this program provides an academic outline the biology and ecology of whales and dolphins. Designed to be delivered for one lesson and to complement science subjects for high school students, this program is a unique opportunity to meet a professional marine biologist and learn about the biology, adaptations, social systems and conservation of marine mammals. The workshop style sessions engage students through interactive activities and questioning. Sessions can be for a single (40min)
or multiple period (80min) and tailored to your classes needs whether geography, biology or science.

Price: Contact us so we can tailor to your needs and provide you with a quote – price starts at $6/student

Primary & Secondary School Excursion: ‘Life of Oceans’ Field Excursion

Field Excursion with GoSea kayaks

Our Life of Oceans Field Excursion is an exciting experience for students and teachers that can be added into or incorporated into your school program. It is a unique field excursion for primary and secondary school students where they may be lucky to encounter a whale, dolphin, turtle and an array of other life in their natural environment. In addition to our program, students will learn how
to cooperate and work as a team together. The Life of Oceans field excursion is offered in association with our tour partners; GoSea Kayaks, Byron Bay or Water Sports Guru, Kingsclff, New South Wales.
As an additional option, you can also add a class from our partners at Adventure Education who offer a variety of lessons on coastal ecosystems.
Price: Contact us so we can tailor the excursion for your needs – prices start at $65/person


Dive In School Holiday Marine Education Program

Our Dolphin Research Australia Holiday Education Marine Programs suitable for ages 6 to 10 yrs and are based on learning, experiencing and connecting
with dolphins and the marine environment. Through fun integrated activities, children will learn about the lives of dolphins and their plight for survival. Our programs empower both young and old to help to protect dolphins and their environment from the growing number of threats they face.
Our team of professional teachers facilitates each program and guides the participants through fun and informative activities. The program takes the group
through a ‘in-class’ session and practical session to learn about the effects of pollution on our environment.

Price sessions are 2.5 hrs and cost $25/session/person; 2 children $47/session; 3 children $44/session

Click here to find out more about our School Holiday Education Program we are  currently being offering during the school holidays.

Price: TBC – next holiday program will be offered in future school holidays


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