Direct From The Whale Trail

Direct From the Whale Trail

Suitable for grades 3-5.


November 17, 2022

March 2, 2023

May 4, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 AM (MT) / 9:00 - 10:00 AM (PT)


Virtually via Zoom

Links provided after registration


Individual student/household: $5

Per class online (up to 35 students): $85


Best suited for grades 3-5

Whale, whale, whale, look what Direct From is here!

Orcas look so darn cute…but why are sharks so terrified of them? In this Direct From, dive into the waters of Canada's west coast with a marine expert from Ocean Wise, live from Vancouver, to learn all about life in this ocean ecosystem and what makes it so unique in the world.

But let's not forget about the whales! The west coast of Canada is home to some of the most extraordinary animals in the world. This Direct From episode brings students up close and personal with humpbacks, orcas and other cetaceans through footage taken from the field by Ocean Wise researchers. Questions will be answered throughout the program, and there will be time for a special Q&A with the hosts at the end of the program.

What to expect:

  • A live virtual session with Ocean Wise, along with other classes and individuals.
  • An interactive Q&A session with a marine biology expert.
  • Dive into marine biology and marine ecosystems.
  • Learn about all of the whale species that can be found on the west coast of Canada.



Individual student/household: $5

Per class online (up to 35 students): $85

Dates & Times

November 17, 2022

March 2, 2023

May 4, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 AM (MT) or

9:00 - 10:00 AM (PT)

Curriculum Ties

Alberta – Science

Grade 3: Animal Life Cycles

Grade 5: Physical Geography of Canada

British Columbia – Science

Grade 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems

Grade 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment 

Grade 5: Interconnectedness

About Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise is a globally focused conservation organization on a mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Through research, education, direct-action conservation and field projects, Ocean Wise empowers communities to take action for ocean health.

Learn More

For more information please contact [email protected] or 403.817.6802.

Individual Bookings Class Bookings

To ensure the best possible experience, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Please note that registration closes two days before the session. So, if you are interested in participating, contact Spark as soon as you can!
  • Numbers matter! At least two classes or 30 participants are needed to run each Direct From. As such, multiple classes are able to attend each session. Programs may be cancelled due to low registration.
  • Participants will receive an email with more details the day before the session.
  • For classrooms or large groups, sessions are best viewed on a large screen connected to a computer.
  • During the session, everyone is expected to be respectful of the Spark host, guest speakers and other viewers.
  • Feel free to enter the session with cameras and microphones on, but please turn off microphones once the presentations begin to minimize distractions. 
  • Students and educators may be asked to participate in interactive activities throughout the session – another great reason to have cameras on! However, please note that Direct From sessions are always recorded, so cameras should be off if viewers do not want to be part of the recording. Recordings are used for Spark internal purposes only and cannot be shared with participants after the session.
  • Each class or group of students will have a chance to ask at least one question during the Q&A session! It’s best to prepare questions ahead of time. Questions and comments may also be shared through the session chat window, but please make sure they are appropriate for a wider audience.

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