Ocean Park is showing the wonders of marine life to primary pupils throughout the territory with a special Outreach Van. The Windows to the Ocean educational programme is aimed at giving children an insight into marine life and how to help the environment. A colourful van from Ocean Park visits primary schools packed with information on fish, mammals and other marine life. The project gives children who are too young to go on the park's educational tours, or who live too far away, a chance to enjoy the fascinating world of the ocean. John Edward Corcoran, Ocean Park's chief executive officer said: 'We pledge to provide a balanced mix of education and conservation at the same time. 'This is evident in the resources we dedicate to animal displays, research facilities and other conservation activities in the park. 'This attractively painted Outreach Van is part of the fruition of the American Express Foundation's sponsorship. We're sure all who see it drive past will be reminded of the important conservation message we are promoting,' he added. One-hour presentations include a slide-show, display of specimens, charts and two games about marine life that children can play. The slide presentation features plants, invertebrates, fish and marine mammals. The conservation games show the harm caused by large-scale fishing on other marine inhabitants and gives pupils the feel of ocean and marine life. Fish species are an integral part of the programme. Items displayed include puffer fish, a shark jaw, a shark egg and whale bones. Bookmarks and stickers with conservation messages are distributed at the end of the presentations, while game winners receive colouring booklets and educational kits. Kang Ying-kit, eight, said the programme gave him a better understanding of marine life, particularly the names of various mammals. 'Whales are lovely and I hope people can take care of them, otherwise they will become extinct,' Ying-kit said. Ap Lei Chau Kai Fong Primary School principal, Ho Yuk-ching, also praised the outreach programme. She said it stimulated children's awareness of the environment and the importance of nature conservation. Not only marine life is exhibited. Plants, birds and butterflies are among the many attractions featured on the Outreach Van. The Educational Outreach Team has visited 141 schools since 1994. This year it hopes to visit 60 schools with 6,000 students benefiting from the programme. Ocean Park launched the Primary School Educational Tours to give pupils an opportunity to escape the confines of the classroom and enjoy a fun learning experience on marine life. Since the programme was launched, nearly 100,000 pupils have benefitted, an Ocean Park spokesman said.