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Nelson/Marlborough region
- secondary programmes

steadfastVoyage of Discovery

This programme takes place aboard a chartered commercial sailing vessel. Students undertake a variety of different duties while on board. These include helping to haul the sails, steer the boat, navigate and plot our position on the chart, take soundings (measuring the depth), use a traditional ship’s log (for measuring speed), identify seabirds and other wildlife, as well as taking plankton and bottom samples. There is an option to use a water sampler to look at salinity and water temperature down the water column, try the hydrophone to listen to the sounds underwater, and contribute to “Secchi Disk”, a world-wide citizen science project monitoring water clarity on the planet. Full guidance given. 5 hours. Year 9-13 Levels 4-6.
Download full information about the Voyage of Discovery senior programme (PDF File, 86 KB)
Watch a short video about this programme.

Intertidal Studies and Marine Metre Squared (Mm2)

Either before or during your seashore trip use a marine educator to help support your students while they investigate the adaptations of intertidal species, give your students tips on how to identify them and look at zonation patterns. Our educator will introduce intertidal ecology, and introduce/discuss a range of survey techniques. Links to citizen science via the Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) project. The class will collect real data that will then be uploaded to the national database. You will be able to compare your findings with other school classes throughout New Zealand.  Needs to be timed for a low tide. Expert help where you need it, on the shoreline between the tides! 1-2 hours. Year 11,12 Levels 4-6.
Download full information about the Intertidal Studies programme (PDF file, 110 KB)

Diversity in Form and Function

Does a sea cucumber really breathe through it’s bottom? Why does a mussel drink 1000 litres of seawater a day? Join a marine educator for a comparative study to look at feeding and respiration in a variety of marine species. This programme includes some dissection. If time is limited we can concentrate on one species (eg Shark) only - 40 min. 1.5 – 2 hours. Year 9 -13 Levels 6-8.
Note - Some costs may need to be recovered depending on the availability of study animals.
Download full information about the Diversity in Form and Function programme (PDF file, 163 KB)

Small Animal Study (NCEA level 3, Bio 3.1)

This programme is run in conjunction with the Cawthron Institute and NMIT Aquaculture. Space is limited. Students are exposed to real research, in a real research facility with the support of real research scientists! Using aquaculture species, students can investigate one a wide variety of influences on their animals. How do small animals respond to temperature, light, salinity, sound, water current, chemical pollutants, micro plastics, algal concentration, pH, magnetism etc. 2 – 3 days. Year 13 Level 7-8.
Download full information about the Small Animal Study (NCEA level 3, Bio 3.1) programme (PDF file, 159 KB)

Watch a video of Nelson College for Girls taking part in the programme.


For Nelson/Marlborough region enquiries and bookings:
Richard de Hamel
Phone: 021 4 62326
(021 4 OCEAN)