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Science & Nature

Ocean Explorers Club: Coral Reef Expedition (Ages 9-14)

Let a trained Naturalist/ Wildlife Ecologist guide you through the fascinating marine ecosystem of a coral reef.
Ryan DeNoyer
241 total reviews for this teacher
90 reviews for this class
Completed by 323 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

0:00 Meet and greet, what to expect, class expectations, etc.
We will open with getting to know each other by sharing our names, favorite sea creature and favorite experience with wildlife

0:05 Coral Reef Biology, Morphology and Spatial Distribution
What are corals? Why do they attract so much life? What do they look like? Why are they important? Where are they found? etc.

0:15 Food Webs, Reef Creature Highlights
We discuss each trophic level and highlight plants and animals from each. 

0:30 Threats to the Reef
Why are reefs in decline and what can do do to help?

0:35 Artificial Reefs
How they are made. How a reef is not unlike a human city. What mistakes have we made?

0:45 Reef Ecology and Types of Relationships
Symbiosis, predation, commensalism, etc.

0:60 Wrap-up, Remaining Questions, Farewells  
I am a trained and practiced Naturalist with both field and classroom-based experience. I offer personal experience, academic and practical knowledge of both marine and terrestrial wildlife. I've learned that people protect what they love, and I hope my students will fall in love with the planet I teach them about. 
I only encourage students to continue their explorations SAFELY to what ever capacity possible. Even if that means exploring your own backyard, street, apartment, etc.
I always encourage taking notes, drawing, quick graph sketching, etc. Whatever method of note taking each student prefers to absorb the presented information.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I end each class with a Wrap-up session for remaining questions and discussion. This offers insight as to how much information was absorbed.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This is a science and nature course. We discuss and observe animal behavior with video, images and on special occasions live video.  Some content contains predators feeding and/or animal reproduction methods. 


Ryan DeNoyerWelcome to Ocean Explorers Club! Let a trained Wildlife Ecologist guide you through the natural wonders of the world.
241 total reviews
138 completed classes

About Me

I have over 4 years experience teaching wildlife ecology and natural history through immersive outdoor and classroom-based experiences with ages 4 to adult. Much of this experience has been with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the... 
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