We are excited to announce our new Ocean Explorers Virtual Field Trips Program! These interactive field trip simulations bring marine science to life with engaging lesson plans and activities to connect students to the ocean, without leaving the classroom.

Through REEF's Virtual Field Trips students explore what life is like as a marine scientist. They’ll perform exploration tasks, create research trials, and complete field journals as they become citizen scientists.

Sessions are designed to easily supplement a teacher's existing curriculum. The Virtual Field Trips Program follows school standards and the 5E lesson structure: Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, Evaluation. Programs are able to be taught in person or online. REEF Scientists will guide students through the field trip with pre-recorded videos and presentation slides that accompany the student's field journal tasks. Each program also includes a live “Ask a Scientist” Q&A session.

Virtual Field Trip modules include:

  • Becoming Citizen Scientists
  • Protecting Endangered Species
  • Reducing the Impact of Invasive Species

Modules are available for grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12

Thanks to the generosity of REEF members and donors, at this time, groups can participate in the program at no cost. While the Virtual Field Trips Program is designed for teachers and schools, any group is welcome to participate, and we encourage you to share this opportunity with friends who are educators.

Want to learn more? Join us for a REEF Virtual Field Trips Open House on Tuesday, March 9 at 8pm EST via Zoom. Click here to register. Parents, students, teachers, and all ocean enthusiasts are welcome to participate in the Open House to experience the Virtual Field Trip Program.

Check out the Virtual Field Trips webpage for more information or to sign up for a Virtual Field Trip with REEF.