Ocean Literacy Outreach


X-Oceans outreach provides hands-on activities and workshops to promote ocean sciences, preservation and marine biodiversity to schools, summer camps and youth organizations. Our goal is to enhance oceans literacy and ocean stewardship to youth grades K-12 through STEM and experiential learning. 

Le programme de sensibilisation X-Oceans fournit des activités et des ateliers afin de promouvoir les sciences océaniques, la biodiversité et la préservation des océans. Notre but est d'améliorer l'alphabétisation et l'intendance océanique des jeunes de la M-12 année à travers les STIM et apprentissage experientiel. 


Learning about evolution; observing snapping turtle skulls and shark jaws.

X-Oceans Camps

Learning about water bears (Tardigrades) and their adaptation to different environments.

X-Oceans Camps




Learning about echinoderms and ocean acidification

Learning about echinoderms and ocean acidificationLearning about echinoderms and ocean acidification






The StFX Syrian Youth Summer Camp visits X-Oceans

: The StFX Syrian Youth Summer Camp visits X-Oceans

Exploring the touch-tanks with X-Project & Show Me Your Math Day Camp.



Learning about ocean zones and zooplankton with the Keen and Green Summer Day Camp

Keppoch CampKeppoch Camp


StFX’s X-Oceans receives TD Friends of the Environment Foundation grant.

Read about it here: https://www.stfx.ca/about/news/X-Oceans

Some of the members of the X-Oceans team including undergraduate and graduate students Emily Lavergne, Ella Maltby, Matt Freeman, Lauren Sobot, Sarah Silver Slayter, Tiffany Bondoc, Sheldon Holmes, Ryan Small, Megan P. Fass, Gavin Hiltz, Madison Pendleton and Martina Gallant. Missing from photo are Lia Blakett, Mackenzie Arndt, Trinity McIntyre and Nicole Cameron.


 Check out our new video:
The Wonders of Biodiversity: Science Literacy 2020


Sarah Silver Slater, Ella Maltby and Matthew Freeman promoting Science Literacy week at the Antigonish Library












X-Oceans camps!
More camps coming soon.

Learning about sea star anatomy.


Making slime and learning about marine animals that produce slime too.


Learning about the role of the ocean in the climate system... and making some clouds of our own.


Exploring the marine touch-tank!


Learning about sea urchins and tube feet.






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Biology students Emilie Knighton and Ella Maltby promoting ocean literacy during the
Science Literacy Week science camp organized by X-Chem outreach in partnership
with X-Oceans outreach (September 2019).


Science literacy week X-Oceans and X-Chem

Learning about the anatomy and behaviours of decorator crabs, sea urchins and sea
stars during Science Literacy week 2019.




Join us each June at the STFX Biology department for our World Oceans Day celebration! 

world oceans day stfx X-Oceans

World Oceans Day is a global ocean celebration that promotes Ocean awareness through exploration, education, conservation, initiatives and beach clean-ups around the world.


blue lobster StFX biology X-Oceans

Our resident Mr. Blue



Jellyfish from Bras d'Or Lake


White-spotted rose sea anemone


The elusive sea mouse


The morning sunstar


Jessica Swinkels (Animal Care Technician) and Jennifer Vandenheuvel (Senior Animal Care
Technician) are the VIPs who look after the Animal Care Facilities of the Biology Dept.