Hakai Videos in the Wild

Our science and natural history videos are used in aquaria, museums, and classrooms across Canada.

After watching Hakai Wilds, creative kindergarteners in Ontario produced some fine underwater-inspired art. Photo by Pat Warren

Time flies when you’re making videos about flies (and other scientific matters). In the past three years, we’ve produced more than 20 Hakai Wild vignettes featuring British Columbia’s astonishing flora and fauna. And we’ve launched more than a dozen Hakai Stories—behind-the-scenes looks at Hakai Institute science and scientists.

In 2018, over 40,000 minutes—equivalent to four weeks—of Hakai Institute videos were viewed on YouTube and Facebook alone. And those aren’t the only platforms where you can find our videos. We love to share!

Our “Beauty and the Feast” video introduces the herring exhibit at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Richmond. Hakai natural history videos are played at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea aquarium in Sidney and at Science World in Vancouver.

“[Hakai’s videos] parallel so many of our mission goals: science is fun, interesting, and cool; science is all around us; and be curious about the world,” says Ashley van der Pouw Kraan, a program specialist at Science World British Columbia.

If you find yourself at Science World in Vancouver, keep an eye out for Hakai videos that play between live shows on the Peter Brown Family Centre Stage. Photo by Josh Silberg

Hakai videos have also found an online home in the educational resource collections of the Royal British Columbia Museum Learning Portal, and on The Kid Should See This, which places the spotlight on videos that are “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them,” either at home or in the classroom.

Do you want to use Hakai videos in your school, museum, or aquarium? Get in touch at media@hakai.org.