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General interest programmes

christyseaweedWe can adapt any of our education programmes to suit special interest groups. Experience close up viewing of local marine life that lives between the tides on our shore, take a virtual dive in a yellow submarine to explore life in the deep canyons just off our coast. Discover why Otago is a great place to study marine science.

For more information, please contact Tessa Mills.

Workshops and talks

We love to share our enthusiasm for all things marine, so as the opportunity arises, we run public workshops and organise presentations.

Some of the public events we have organised include edible seaweed workshops, shark dissections, marine science open day, a visit by the Pacific sailing waka, Haunui, and public lectures.

To find out about these, check the news and events section of our website and join our email list.

Citizen science projects

The NZ Marine Studies Centre is encouraging everyone to participate in long term monitoring of their marine environment – the Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) project. Anyone can take part – individuals, families, schools and community groups.

Mm2 is an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on your local seashore.

On the Mm2 website you can find everything you need to get involved in this nationwide Citizen Science project, start surveying your local seashore, and find out where plants and animals that live between the tides are found around New Zealand.

As a registered member you can get full access to our online MM2 database where you can add your own survey data to show others what’s living between the tides on your local shore, and compare your shore with others in New Zealand to find out which species live where using our simple mapping and analysis tools. Registered members can also join our online community where you can connect with other members of the MM2 network to get help with species identification.

Join the Marine Metre Squared project.

Teacher support and resources

The Marine Studies Centre has a wide range of free teacher guides and resources to assist you with your curriculum and assessment needs.

See the Resources section of this website.