Who We Are

Sea Smart delivers innovative, engaging education programs based on science and current ocean issues to empower youth to be environmental champions in Metro Vancouver.

Sea Smart uses fun, hands-on games and activities to teach youth in Kindergarten to Grade 12 about current issues impacting our oceans and get them brainstorming solutions in our school programs, after school programs, and summer camps. Created by marine biologist Dr. Elaine Leung, Sea Smart helps youth understand the role they play in making the world a better place…all in a fun, educational program that fulfills the requirements of the new BC Ministry of Education’s curriculum. Help your kids build essential life skills such as creative thinking, personal awareness, and social responsibility, while gaining an awareness and appreciation of our incredible natural surroundings.

No oceans, no us. Sea Smart’s innovative curriculum teaches youth about ocean issues with a solutions-based approach that is much needed in this day and age when environmental problems are overwhelming and it is easy to lose hope. Inspire your kids or students to get outdoors, become environmental champions and make a positive difference in the world in Sea Smart’s school programs, after school programs, and summer camps in Metro Vancouver.

Our Founder

Dr. Elaine Leung, or Dr. E as she’s known to her students, founded Sea Smart after talking to many teachers and parents who were concerned that little to nothing was taught in schools about our oceans. Dr. Leung has over 15 years’ experience as a marine biologist, working with various governments, universities, non-profits, and industry. Her research on threatened marine animals has taken her around the world, including places like Alaska, Antarctica, BC, Hawaii, and New Zealand.

Dr. Leung knows first-hand that our environment is facing many threats. But the good news is, there is something each and every one of us can do to protect our environment. Dr. Leung created Sea Smart school programs, after school programs, and summer camps to share her knowledge and passion with youth, inspiring them to love and respect our oceans and understand the roles they can play in protecting our planet. Through practical solutions and the latest information, kids get to see how even their smallest actions can make a huge impact on the world around them.

Find out more about Dr. Leung here.

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Elaine Leung

Founder
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Sanya Jacob

Volunteer Coordinator
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Benny Dalm

Volunteer Coordinator
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Ocean Helpers

Volunteers

“Thank you for a very thoughtful, informative and well planned lesson on plastic in oceans. It was a heavy topic, but an important one that we need to be educated on.

I look forward to having you in my classroom again!”

Ms. Rogers, Grade 8 & 10 Science Teacher, Point Grey Secondary
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“When I grow up, I want to be just like Dr. E!”

Maya, 6 year old Ocean Explorer
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"Dr. Leung used a variety of fun, creative teaching techniques to engage with the girls about plastic pollution. The girls loved the experience...you could tell they really got the message that plastic pollution is a big problem that affects us all, but that it's a problem that we can all do something about.
The girls will all be better environmental champions because of what they learned from Dr. Leung"

Charly, Girl Guide Leader
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