World Ocean Week

Explorers Club World Ocean Week

Live Classroom Events

June 3rd – 7th

Welcome to the Explorers Club’s World Ocean Week Classroom Events! We’ve brought together an exciting crew of ocean explorers, researchers and conservationists to take students into our planet’s final frontier. Join in all week long to meet and learn from those on the frontlines of exploring, documenting, understanding and protecting our ocean. We live on a blue planet, come explore it with us! 

Monday | June 3rd

Virtual Field Trip to SANCCOB

June 3rd @ 9:00am eastern

Join us as we head to SANCCOB, a South African Penguin and Seabird rehabilitation centre in South Africa! We’ll join educator Nonjabulo Sosibo and meet some of the hundreds of South African penguins chicks they’ve been rearing. We’ll also see the newly completed facility and learn about the ecology and conservation of these amazing penguins!

SANCCOB provides a 24/7 rescue service for sick and injured seabirds and abandoned seabird chicks. They respond to oil spill disasters along the South African coastline. SANCCOB is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of seabird rehabilitation, they treat an average of 2,500 injured, sick and oiled seabirds annually. Their specialist chick rearing unit saves African penguin eggs and chicks that have been abandoned, for subsequent release back into the wild.


Sea Turtle Conservation in Nicaragua

June 3rd @ 11:00am eastern

Join Dr. Pamela Fletcher and Martin Castellon from the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center along with team members from the Nicaragua Sea Turtle Project. We’ll see a demonstration of how they relocate sea turtle nests to the hatchery and how they tag adult sea turtles on the beach. To date they’ve relocated over 100,000 eggs and have a well over 90% success rate of hatching and releasing the young turtles. Don’t miss this chance to see how effective community conservation efforts can be!


Rowing Across the Pacific Ocean with Erden Eruc

June 3rd @ 12:00pm eastern

In 2022, Erden completed an epic solo row across the Pacific Ocean!!! After leaving Crescent City, California on the 21st of June, 2021, Erden rowed his way across the Pacific Ocean, successfully becoming the first person to row across the Pacific Ocean north of the equator. Along the way, he raised awareness about plastic pollution and the overall health of the ocean, while also using a hydrophone to listen for rarely observed beaked whales. Join in for some exciting stories from 

Erden is currently preparing for the Golden Globe Race in 2026, an epic solo sailing race to sail around the world!


Tuesday | June 4th

Edges of Earth Expedition with Andi Cross

June 4th @ 10:00am eastern

Over 24 month, the team from the Edges of Earth Expedition are taking their love of scuba & free diving on an expedition to the most exotic and remote edges of earth. Their goal: meet the incredible people that have dedicated their lives to our planet. They will share the truths of life on the road, uncover what it takes to master diving, but most importantly, they will help those we encounter share their impact stories with the world.

Since the expedition launched, they have visited Western Australia, Vanuatu, Peru, Fiji, Maldives and Japan to name a few locations. We’ll catch up with expedition leader Andi Cross in Baja California to experience some of the incredible people, places and issues they have experienced so far!


Wednesday | June 5th

The Project Neptune 100 Quest with Dr. Joe Dituri

June 5th @ 9:00am eastern

Last year, Joe smashed the record for living in an underwater habitat (73 days) when he spent 100 days living in Jules’ Undersea Lodge, an underwater habitat submerged in a lagoon in Key Largo, Florida. During the stay he conducted daily experiments in human physiology, demonstrated uses new technology and took part in educational outreach. Joe earned the nickname Dr Deep Sea for good reason! Join in to learn about his experience living on the bottom of the ocean for 100 days, find out what he learned and the impact it had on his body and mind.


Understanding South Africa’s Southern Right Whale Population

June 5th @ 10:00am eastern

Join Loraine as she works to better understand the behaviour and biology of South Africa’s southern right whales. She’s a zoology researcher who completed her Master’s degree in Zoology at the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Her research revolves around understanding the biology of the southern right whale population of South Africa and how they’re impacted by environmental changes. Loraine actively participates in boat-based research expeditions along the South African coast to collect crucial data for conservation efforts.


Thursday | June 6th

The World’s Most Exciting Classroom: Live from Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

June 6th @ 9:00am eastern

The Darwin200 is a two year journey onboard the tall ship Oosterschelde, following Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle. During this journey, exciting ocean research is being conducted, young conservationists are being trained, and each week we host live classrooms broadcasts called the World’s Most Exciting Classroom. The ship left Plymouth, UK in August and since then has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, navigated around South America and has just spent three weeks in the Galapagos islands.

Join is for a live event from the exciting island of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island), We’ll review the expedition so far, meet some exiting scientists, explore an experiment students can try in the classroom or at home, compete in a Kahoot quiz and so much more.


Exploring Past Climates Through Foraminifera with Beverly Goodman

June 6th @ 10:00am eastern

Join Beverly to explore the world of the single-celled, shell-building foraminifera. They’ve been around for 500 million years and can tell us about the climate of our planet, way before humans ever walked the Earth. 

Beverly blends archaeology, geology and anthropology to explore the complex ways nature and humans interact on coastlines. Her work concentrates on the causes and effects of ancient environmental events like tsunamis and floods in an attempt to better understand what risks are present today and how broader climate-linked trends, such as sea-level change and fluctuations in precipitation, can be recognized in the sedimentary record. She believes coasts are some of the most vulnerable and relevant places on earth—we can either make responsible choices, or face enormous repercussions. Beverly is a 2009 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.


Exploring Our Ocean with Pier Nirandara

June 6th @ 11:00am eastern

Pier is an award-winning author, travel writer, film producer, and underwater photographer. She began her career as Thailand’s youngest English-writing author of three #1 national bestselling novels, graphic novels, and short stories with over 200,000 copies sold.  Pier is also a PADI AmbassaDiver™, co-chair of the Los Angeles hub for Oceanic Global, and founder of Immersiv Expeditions, where she leads trips to swim with marine wildlife. Her photography has been recognized by competitions including Ocean Photographer of the Year, and she was awarded the 2023 Ocean Storytelling Photography Grant by the Save Our Seas Foundation. An advocate for solo female travel, she has visited over 100 countries across 7 continents, and can be found in Los Angeles, Cape Town, and @piersgreatperhaps.


Exploring the Deep-sea with Dawn Wright

June 6th @ 12:00pm eastern

Dawn was elected as a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2013 (as nominated by Sylvia Earle and Don Walsh). She is also a member of the 2021 inaugural class of Explorers Club 50 (EC50). After 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University, Dawn was appointed Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (aka “Esri”), a world-leading geographic information system (GIS) software, services and R&D company in October 2011. Dawn has participated in dozens of oceanographic research expeditions throughout the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Southern Oceans. In 1991 she became the first Black female to dive to the ocean floor in the deep submersible Alvin. On July 12, 2022 she became the first Black person of any gender to dive to Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth, and to successfully operate a portable sidescan sonar at that full-ocean depth. This was accomplished in the deep submersible Limiting Factor in collaboration with EC Medalist Victor Vescovo and his Caladan Oceanic team. She enjoys road cycling, 18th-century pirates, LEGOs, her golden retrieverRiley, and SpongeBob Squarepants. Follow her on all social media@deepseadawn


Rigs to Reefs with Amber Sparks

June 6th @ 1:00pm eastern

Rigs to Reefs provides an alternative to complete oil rig removal, modifying old platforms so they can continue to support marine live as an artificial reef. The decommissioned oil platform can be towed, toppled or have the top portion removed. Afterwards, they can be home to over 14,000 fish and many other marine species!

Join Amber, a marine biologist, educator and entrepreneur, to learn more about the benefits of creating these artificial reef ecosystems. She’s the co-president of the Blue Latitudes Foundation, whose mission is to elevate the traditional concept of ocean stewardship by uniting government, industry and the community to work together to conserve our oceans! In doing so, this foundation strives to explore innovative solutions to traditional marine conservation challenges. Amber is a PADI certified rescue diver and Ambassadiver.


The 5 Deeps Expedition with Victor Vescovo

June 6th @ 3:30pm eastern

After travelling 47,000 miles and completing 39 dives, the Five Deeps Expedition has reached its successful conclusion: the first manned descent to the deepest point of each of the world’s five oceans. Numerous other firsts were made, including the world’s deepest manned dive in history, to a new record 10,925 meters at the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, as well as the first submersible and pilots to repeatedly dive to the bottom of the ocean. 

The Five Deeps Expedition was the brainchild of extreme explorer Victor Vescovo. He has skied to both poles and climbed the highest peaks on each continent. He is also an accomplished pilot of jet fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and, most recently, manned submersibles. He is now the first person in history to have been to the top of all the world’s continents as well as the bottom of all its oceans.


Friday | June 7th

Making it Easier to Explore Our Ocean with Jessica Sandoval

June 7th @ 11:00am eastern

Dive into the mysterious world of ocean exploration. We’ll review some of the ways we currently explore our deep oceans, during which Jessica will highlight some example videos from expeditions she ahs worked on with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). However, most of these solutions that we currently use to explore the deep ocean are very expensive. We’ll explore how we can develop low-cost alternatives to these high-cost solutions to better understand our oceans (some of these solutions students can even work on in their own classrooms). The main takeaway from this presentation is to highlight the exciting opportunities that there are in deep-sea technology and how students can get involved.

Jessica is an ocean explorer, engineer, and science nut! Working in ocean exploration has taken her all across the world to amazing sites, including sunken ships and hydrothermal vents! When at sea, she works as a pilot of ROVs (8 years). On land, she works on interesting ocean engineering problems, including how to make ocean exploration more accessible to a broader global community.


Live From the Pacific Ocean Onboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus

June 7th @ 1:00pm eastern

Join the Ocean Exploration Trust team on their second live expedition of 2024! They will be exploring the Northeastern Pacific Ocean for the eighth year of the partnership between Ocean Networks Canada and OET. The main objective of this expedition is to provide maintenance and support of Ocean Networks Canada’s cabled observatory NEPTUNE (Northeast Pacific Undersea Networked Experiments), located off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. The cabled observatory consists of an 800-kilometer loop where fiber optic connected deployed technologies gather thousands of observations about dynamics across an entire tectonic plate. During this 21-day expedition, E/V Nautilus will deploy, recover, and provide maintenance to various seafloor instruments using ROV surveys, as well as conduct seafloor mapping exploration.

The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) and the Nautilus Exploration Program aim to explore the ocean, seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, and chemistry while pushing the boundaries of education, outreach, and technological innovation. The Nautilus is 68-meter ship on a mission to explore the never-before-explored areas of the ocean and seek out new discoveries and share them LIVE via


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