Ocean Park Experiential Learning Project – “Whiskers & Friends” Education Kit

Background of co-organiser

Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique home grown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organisation, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and gained consistent recognition for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. More than 140 million people have visited Hong Kong’s premier park since its inception, and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. Being the education arm of Ocean Park, Discovery & Education Department has been providing quality Science and Conservation offerings to schools and the public since 1992.

Within the diverse environments of the Park’s, it offers fun-filled programmes to enrich learners of all ages through an experiential learning approach.

Project details

To support local education outside the Park and train the next generation of conservation advocates, Ocean Park has partnered with Ocean Park Conservation Foundation and Modern Education Research Society to publish the “Whiskers & Friends” Kindergarten Education Kit about nature conservation.

Details of the Education Kit: https://www.oceanpark.com.hk/en/education/teaching-resources/whiskers-friends-kindergarten-education-kit.

With the use of “Whiskers & Friends” Education Kit, PGDE students are required to design and conduct a learning activity in a kindergarten/primary school to promote green tips to kids and develop their interest in reading.

Duties of PGDE students:

  • Attend a sharing by Ocean Park Education team to learn how they use the Education Kit to develop 2 key education programmes: Reading Day & Reading Carnival
  • Prepare an activity plan of your self-designed education project for approval by the Ocean Park team
  • Conduct your planned activities in a kindergarten or primary school (You have to locate a primary school/kindergarten for carrying out the activities)
  • Provide feedback to Ocean Park on the Education Kit (e.g. topics, format, materials, etc.)

Examples of existing learning activities offered by Ocean Park for your reference:

Reading Carnival

(e.g. Game booths in school)

Reading Day
Target age range of participants Students from kindergartens to primary schools. Ideally, the activities can be fine-tuned for different levels in different sessions. Kindergarten students (K1-3)
Group size Max. 3 pax. in each round Small: 30-60 pax./session; Large: 100-300 pax./session
Duration of activities About 1 min. in each round 15-30 min.
Objectives of the Education Kit and the programme
  1. To instill care for animals
  2. To develop students’ curiosity about the environment
  3. To inspire the understanding of the relationship between human and nature
  4. To educate students about conservation


December 2018 – August 2019

Meeting with Ocean Park Education team: December 2018 (date tbc)

Submission of activity plan to Ocean Park: At least one month before commencement of the activities

Completion of all project activities: By August 2019


You have to locate a primary school/kindergarten for carrying out the learning activities


PGDE (Part-time) students from all major subjects

(No. of places: 5)


[PGDE(part-time) students applying for this project are not required to submit the self-nominated EL project proposal.]

Application Deadline

28 November 2018


Ms Ivy Chung, Faculty of Education (HKU) [Email: ivychung@hku.hk]

Ms. Lily Cheung, Ocean Park Hong Kong [Email: lily.cheung@oceanpark.com.hk]