The Blues (named after juvenile African penguins) Marine Crew are the youngest age group in the environmental curriculum, being offered to Grades 1-3. Kleinberg Primary School is running this curriculum as part of their Environmental Club. We also design curriculum-based field trips for the Blues Crew of the American International School of Cape Town; exploring habitats and microhabitats, learning about maps, natural history and explorers.

Activities include beach clean-ups, hikes, ecobricking, exploring, recycling, storytelling, art and classes introducing the students to marine science and nature conservation.


  • African penguin
  • Scientific Name: Spheniscus demersus
  • IUCN Status: EN (Endangered)
  • Distribution: Southern African endemic. Found in sandy coastal areas and offshore islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay
  • Average Adult Size: 68 cm and 3.1 kg
  • Diet: Small pelagic fish, squid and crustaceans
  • Predators: Gulls, mongoose, sharks and seals
  • Interesting Fact: The black spot pattern on the African penguin chest is as unique as a fingerprint and is used as an identifying feature

Stranded Explorers – Cape Point Nature Reserve

Young Explorers Crew – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Grade 1 students from the American International School of Cape Town went on a quest today, to explore Kirstenbosch Gardens to find the best vantage point for wildlife observations. Learning about directions and orientation to build our own map of adventures, different leaf shapes to identify trees and how we should respect wildlife and the nature that we were visiting. Words from the Garden of Extinction… “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle

Fynbos Habitat – Slangkop Nature Reserve

Exploring the Fynbos Habitat in Slangkop Nature Reserve with Grade 2 students from the American International School of Cape Town. Students learnt about the relationship between fire and fynbos (impact of alien species), codependent species (such as myrmecochory), habitats and microhabitats, along with their abiotic and biotic factors, and vegetation succession post-fire. Very interesting to see the regrowth after the December 2021 fire