Young Ocean Explorers:

Since 2012 we’ve been on a mission to inspire kids to love our ocean, through entertaining education. 

We want to capture children’s imaginations through great storytelling, bringing the beauty, awe and fascination of the ocean and its inhabitants alive. 

Our vision is to create generational change by connecting hearts and minds with the importance of enjoying and caring for our oceans and give them tools to make a better future. 

There’s never been a more vital time for the health of the ocean and this planet than now! 

Enjoy!

Steve + Riley Hathaway

 

RILEY HATHAWAY - “The ocean is so fascinating and amazing – I hope you enjoy our stories and want to be Young Ocean Explorers too!”

Age?
18

Best experience on the ocean?
Swimming with turtles is incredible, but nothing compares to having a humpback whale swimming right next to our boat!

Hobbies?
I love hanging out with friends, spending time in the ocean and playing sports for fun.

What are you scared of?
Dad’s jokes!

Where do you live?
Snells Beach, in beautiful New Zealand

 

STEVE HATHAWAY - “I’ve never felt so alive as when I’m filming underwater”

Job?
Underwater cameraman

Favourite marine animal?
Striped marlin

Hobbies?
I love anything to do with the ocean, but mainly scuba diving, snorkeling, waterskiing and surfing

What are you scared of?
Crabs nipping my toes

Steve's footage has appeared on many international documentaries, including BBC’s series Blue Planet 2 (which he received a BAFTA award for) and ‘Blackfish’.

 

2018 Centre of Social Impact Report

Download the report to read about the amazing impact Young Ocean Explorers is having in New Zealand classrooms:

https://www.youngoceanexplorers.com/documents/YOE-evaluation-report-final.pdf

 

21 Day Challenges

The Young Ocean Explorers 21 day challenge is an integrated curriculum teaching resource that links to the New Zealand Curriculum at levels 1–4, but can be adapted for use at various levels.
Participants join thousands of students across Aotearoa as they simultaneously participate in this 21 Day guided inquiry, created by teachers for teachers.

https://www.youngoceanexplorers.com/challenges

 

 

 

Hauraki Gulf
Interviews with Experts
YOE adventures
Stop plastic!
What is an apex predator?
Crazy plastic journey
Why is plastic so bad for sea creatures?
How does a dolphin move?
Why do orca end up stuck on the beach?
What is this creature?
Love Our Sea song for ECEs
Riley confronts a big fear
The incredible Hauraki Gulf
What eats turtles?
Whales can’t tell the difference between ...?
Is anything scared of a dolphin?
Seabirds and whales!
Can you hold your breath longer than a fur seal?
What are zooplankton?
Whose skull am I holding?
Riley swims with galapagos sharks
What's so special about turtle shells?
How do you clean a dirty ocean?
Breathing is tricky for a turtle
Learn to Draw - Great White
What is orca chocolate?
What is a food chain?
What is a habitat?
Who can set up a marine park?
Which fish's poo makes sand?
How do rays breathe underwater?
Riley rescues a turtle!
Where do creatures poo in the ocean?
How to hide in plain sight
Meet the loggerhead turtle
How many eggs does this huge fish lay?
What do turtles use their back flippers for?
Catch fish not birds
Where did all the kelp go?
Where do common dolphins call home?
How much oxygen do sea plants produce?
Why do we call this a meatball?
Learn to Draw - Orca
Threats to Māui dolphins
What is it like to save an orca?
Sharks - super fast swimmers
What food would a turtle serve you at dinner?
Riley finds where the baby fish live
How Dad saved a dolphin!
Learn to Draw - Octopus