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Ocean Sciences Education Resources

In addition to the offerings listed below, the Virginia Sea Grant Education team provides many other services to the marine education community. Check us out and see what we've been up to!

On-line Resources for Educators

The Bridge
This online ocean science resource center provides one-stop shopping for K-14 educators, locating and reviewing the best the web has to offer. Find background information on ocean topics, lesson plans, classroom-friendly on-line data, student and teacher opportunities, and more! Be sure to check out the Data Activities—Bridge-authored lesson plans that include hot new data sources that can spice up your science units!

ChesSIE (Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators)
This site holds quality Bay-related classroom resources for teachers and great Bay marine and wildlife profiles for students and learners of all ages.

The Blue Crab
Delve deep into one of the Chesapeake Bay's most special creatures, the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.

Classroom Programs and Resources

Blue Crab Bowl - High school academic competition
High schools from across Virginia compete in this regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. This annual event challenges students to test their knowledge and understanding of marine sciences. Co-hosted by VIMS and Old Dominion University, the Bowl takes place in February each year. Participation information and brochure are available on-line beginning in Septem07-Dec-2012bcb.

Outlook on Ocean Science 07-Dec-2012ding for the Outlook progrm has ended.  Many thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund for its past support.  New opportunities for grades 7-12 school teachers and classrooms are currently in planning.  To be on the contact list, please fill out the on-line Interest Form. 

For more information or limited outreach options featuring Careers in Marine Science, contact Carol Hopper Brill, e-mail chopper@vims.edu, phone 804-684-7735.

The VIMS Public Outreach page lists other opportunities for schools, teachers and the community at large.


The Bridge is packed with teacher-reviewed program ideas and resources for your classroom

  • Need Lesson Plan ideas?
  • Try Lesson Plans that use on-line data
  • Want exciting on-line data for designing lesson plans of your own?

Student Resources and Opportunities


Explore the Bridge's Ocean Topics pages for on-line references on subjects of all kinds

Interested in a career in marine science?

Want experience in marine science?

  • The Bridge provides links to diverse programs offered during the summer and the academic year
  • Visit the VIMS Internship page for program options targeting high school students and undergraduates

Other Educational Opportunities and
Resources of Interest


Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve of Virginia (CBNERRVA)

  • CBNERRVA teacher workshops in Chesapeake Bay ecology, field methods, aquarium keeping
  • Field trips for middle and high school classes, as schedules permit
  • Naturalist Series and other public fieldtrips (for individuals)

VIMS on-line resources, marine science news and expertise

  • Chesapeake Bay Watch video clips, image gallery, research program descriptions and data, marine science news

VIMS public events for individuals and families

  • Evening lecture series, Library art exhibition, Marine Science Day, Campus tours

Scheduled access to VIMS campus resources: aquarium exhibits, Teaching Marsh, Maritime Trail

  • Single, small groups (20 or less) of focused middle to high school students
  • Please call (804) 684-7846 or email <programs@vims.edu>

In Virginia

Virginia Naturally
The best source of information about enviromental education in Virginia. Be sure to try the searchable directory of environmental education resources for your classroom or program.

Across the U.S.

Visit the Bridge for links to institutions, programs and resources across the U.S.

Virginia Sea Grant • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
P.O. Box 1346 • Gloucester Point, VA 23062 • 804-684-7164 • 804-684-7161 (fax)