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 Ocean Puppet Show!
Fishy is on an adventure under the waves as he learns about some of the weird and wonderful strategies his friends use to get their snacks. Join for this fun and humorous puppet show by our Nelson-based educator, Richard de Hamel.
We have a new unpaid video star! Well, “star” is a slightly grand title, ‘liability’ might be more accurate!
“Soak” is the loveable, but unreliable, Pied Cormorant behind a new series of short videos on the Marine Environment brought to you by the NZ Marine Studies Centre. Fortunately, “Soak”, who is a pied shag, is helped along by our Nelson-based educator, Richard de Hamel. Soak is of course a puppet, but he seems to take on a life of his own!
Life in a Rock Pool is a poster designed by the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre. Aimed at primary and intermediate students, it illustrates feeding behaviours in a rock pool and supports supper in the sea, food webs and intertidal life education programmes. The poster is designed to be printed at 84cm wide x 30cm tall.
Life Between the Tides illustrates the strange and amazing marine animals and plants that are found on the rocky shore at low tide. Sixty-three species are included in the image. Will you be able to find them all? The poster is designed to be printed at 84cm wide x 30cm tall. The key gives common, scientific and Māori names.
Printed copies of both posters are available from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre.
Download a seashore resources order form (PDF)
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 resource for schools about Ocean Acidification. Get in touch with us about our 3 day ocean acidification programme for secondary schools.
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.