School Groups

For  primary, intermediate or high school groups, we offer tailor made programmes written by our qualified teacher to suit your current unit or achievement standard.  These programmes are 1 hour long.  The content is as follows:

  • A presentation by a marine scientist from the University of Auckland;
  • An explanation of the species in our touch tank, a biodiversity count and a chance for students to hold a starfish, kina or carnivorous whelk;
  • A close up examination of various marine species such as a sea urchin, hermit crab and an 11-armed seastar using our BIGeye microscope;
  • A chance to explore the Discovery Centre at their own pace.

All programmes are written by the centre's qualified teacher who will work with you to ensure the content fits your curriculum needs, or we can deliver one of our pre-written programmes such as:

Marine Reserves

Marine Biodiversity

Ocean Acidification

Sustainability in the Sea

Life Processes in the Sea

Rocky Shore Species Identification

Marine Food Web and Food Chains

The Career Path of a Marine Biologist

Trophic Cascade in a Rocky Shore Foodweb

Comparsion of Form and Function in the Ocean

Please contact us for bookings or more information on  09 923 3621  or 

All Other Groups

If you have a large whānau, are involved with Probus New Zealand, University of the Third Age, Scouts and Girl Guides, or if you are from a retirement village and require  a fun day out - we have a programme to suit you!

Choose from the following options:

Option 1 (half day): Marine educational programme

• Upon arrival, enjoy a hot drink and a freshly made scone with jam and cream.

• Presentation by a marine educator on a topic selected by you (some examples: Benefits of Marine Reserves, Research at the Leigh Marine Laboratory, History of the Leigh Marine Laboratory and Reserve).

• Experience our touch tank where you'll learn how to identify local marine animals.

• Observe up close parts of different marine animals using our BIGeye microscope.

• Guided tour through the Marine Discovery Centre (includes educational videos, informative displays, a sound tunnel, marine research posters, unusual preserved specimens).

Morning or afternoon tea included

 2 hours    $18

 

Option 2 (half day): Marine workshops

Choose two workshops from the following four options:

Reproduction of kina: Upon arrival you'll get to enjoy a hot drink and scone with jam and cream.  Next up, you'll have a chance to learn about the different strategies various marine animals use in order to reproduce in an ever changing environment. In our teaching laboratory you will get to: induce spawning in a kina, identify if you have a male or female and observe the gametes (sperm or eggs) under a microscope. Your workshop will end with a chance to look through the Marine Discovery Centre at your own pace.  Our staff will be available for any questions during this time.

Sensory responses of marine snails/whelks: Upon arrival you'll get to enjoy a hot drink and scone with jam and cream.  You'll then have a chance to learn how various marine whelks respond to different stimuli - in other words, we'll be looking at predator/prey interactions.  Who eats who/what?  Looking further down the food chain, we'll look at mussels - what do they eat, who/what eats them? We will then dissect a mussel to identify the varoius organs.  Your workshop will end with a chance to look through the Marine Discovery Centre at your own pace.  Our staff will be available for any questions during this time.

Sponge spicule lab: Upon arrival you'll get to enjoy a hot drink and scone with jam and cream.  Next up, you'll get a chance to learn about the world of sponges!  Using bleach then a microscope we'll break down different sponge species to look at their skeletal parts (spicules) and identify the spicule types.  We will then watch footage of dye moving through a sponge thereby learning about their feeding behaviour. Your workshop will end with a chance to look through the Marine Discovery Centre at your own pace.  Our staff will be available for any questions during this time.

Experimentation of crab responses: Upon arrival you'll get to enjoy a hot drink and scone with jam and cream.  You'll then have a chance to learn about the various crab species found in our local waters, how to identify some of the common ones and how to sex a crab.  We will also cover experimental design after which you will get a chance to design your own experiment to determine your crab's response to different food stimuli. Your workshop will end with a chance to look through the Marine Discovery Centre at your own pace.  Our staff will be available for any questions during this time.

Morning or afternoon tea included

2.5 hours     $28

 

Option 3 (half day): Marine fieldwork

• Upon arrival, enjoy a hot drink and a freshly made scone with jam and cream.

• Presentation by a marine educator on field data collection methods and species identification.

• Within the Marine Reserve we will collect data in and around the rock pools.

• Learn how to enter your data onto the web-based national database.

Morning or afternoon tea included

2.5 hours     $28

 

Option 4 (full day): Marine immersion

• Option 1 combined with a choice of Option 2 or 3.

Morning tea and lunch provided

5 hours     $48

  Please contact us for bookings or more information.

Testimonials

"We were stunned about all the life you showed us in the touch tank - at first glance it looked like there were only rocks in there!  Your enthusiasm came through strongly - everyone commented on that. The entire programme was put together well - we all learnt so much.  And, the scones were the icing on the cake."

Nyree McGregor
Summerset Village - Hobsonville (2015)

 "Thank you for hosting our Probus Club's visit to your Centre last month. The arrangements were perfect with tea, coffee ad scone on arrival and a first class display to wander through.  The presentation was most informative and you entertained many of our members with the escape maneuvers executed by the scallops when a starfish was placed close to them. We really do appreciate the trouble taken to ensure that we all enjoyed a memorable visit."

Peter Odendall
Probus Club of Hibiscus Coast - Whangaparaoa (2015)

160 Goat Island Rd 

Leigh 0985, Auckland
(09) 923 3645

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