Next time you head to the ocean, you can do so as a scientist! Our Ocean Explorer kit comes with all the tools you’ll need to collect baseline information about ocean water quality.

Good water quality is critical to the health of coral reefs and all the habitats in the ocean. Using this kit, you can test for some general health parameters, like temperature, salinity, pH, alkalinity, hardness, water clarity and depth. These give us an idea what conditions are like, and teach us that every region is different, through natural and unnatural conditions. For example, salinity and temperature affect water density! These tests, along with your observations on what you see, smell and hear, help give context to your environment.

Each kit contains:

  • Thermometer (air temperature, water temperature)
  • Secchi disc (water clarity or depth)
  • Test strips  (pH, alkalinity, nitrate, nitrite)
  • Salinity Meter
  • Sample container
  • Ocean Explorer field notepad
  • 3 Whirl pack bags
  • Field guide
  • 4 stickers and 3 badges
  • Reacher stick