Explorers Mission and Goals

Explorers Mission & Goals

The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme engages with primary schools, teachers, children and the education network, creating marine leaders and ocean champions in Ireland.

The Explorers Education Programme is funded by the Marine Institute, the state agency for marine research and development. The Camden Education Trust are responsible for the strategic development and management of the Programme. The delivery of the Explorers Education Programme is further supported by Galway Atlantaquaria who provide support services to the management and outreach teams. The Explorers outreach and education is facilitated by a number of centres throughout Ireland.

Explorers Mission


The Explorers Education Programme provides engaging activities, resources and support for teachers, children and the education network, delivering ocean literacy to primary schools.

We inspire children and educators to become marine leaders and ocean champions by promoting our marine and maritime identity and heritage, as well as making informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.

We communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way, increasing the awareness and understanding of Ireland’s marine biodiversity, the environment, as well as the opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth.

Explorers Goals


EDUCATE and INSPIRE primary school children, teachers and the education network in Ireland to adopt the ocean literacy concepts and principles, as well as support the engagement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

COORDINATE professional development training and workshops for teachers, trainee teachers, and outreach teams, with the development of their marine literacy skills, promoting the use of marine content in line with the national curriculum.

DEVELOP education materials and resources that can be used to teach children about the value of Ireland’s marine resource, the importance of our ocean and marine heritage, through STEM and STEAM projects, cross curricular modules, lesson plans and activities in the classroom and on the seashore.

PROMOTE ocean literacy and marine outreach activities with local communities, educators and influencers through events and media, so as to create dialogue and engagement about our ocean.