The NZ Marine Studies Centre produces a range of resources to support our programmes and research activities. Some of these, such as our marine life database, can be used online. Others may be downloaded. These materials may be reproduced for educational purposes, but please ensure you say where they have come from. We also have a selection of books and other publications for purchase.
The Collins Field Guide to the New Zealand Seashore is a great resource for families who enjoy exploring the coastline, and a great tool for teachers when they take their class to visit the rocky shore. Authors Sally Carson and Rod Morris have dedicated a page for each plant or animal with text and colourful photographs to assist with the identification of species. Sally and Rod have also designed activities based on the book that will help teachers, educators and parents to bring the seashore to life in the classroom.
The Ocean of Tomorrow is a new programme for schools about Ocean Acidification which is being launched during Seaweek 2017.
Our New Zealand Shore Guides and Activity Books have now been translated into te reo Māori. PDF copies are available to dowload from our Resources page, and class sets of resources can be ordered from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre.
Marine life database
This will help you to identify marine species you find, or want to know more about.
Marine Metre Squared
Carry out a survey on your local shore, count the animals and plants you find in a 1m x 1m square. Record and share your information.
Resources to download
These resources, which include teacher guides, identification and fact sheets, games and activities, are grouped according to the topics and programmes they support.
Resources to order
We stock a small supply of marine books and guides, and resources for sale. They can be posted out to you, or collected from the Centre by arrangement.
Looking for something to engage the family or class? How about making a Hector's Dolphin puppet or playing a Deep Sea board game?
We've put together a list of useful websites for you.