School Programs

Connect with us virtually this year!

Please note: After September 7, 2020, the Aquarium will pause all on-site public programming and temporarily close to the public while we focus on transforming the Vancouver Aquarium to a new model that is financially sustainable in the long-term and accelerates our mission of ocean conservation. This temporary closure impacts all Vancouver Aquarium and Ocean Wise educational programming that normally takes place at the Vancouver Aquarium. We look forward to welcoming back students, teachers, parents and all life-long learners when the Aquarium’s reinvention is complete. In order to continue our important work, the Ocean Wise Education team has further shifted programming online to accommodate our new learning reality. We encourage you to visit Online Ocean to learn more about all our virtual offerings.


Stay Connected

We're putting a pause on our on-site school programs this year, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop! 


Until we can welcome you back, we invite you to continue to experience, explore and learn about our oceans with through our online learning programs.

School Programs

Field trips to the Vancouver Aquarium

A unique way to engage your students in a hands-on learning experience with incredible marine life.

Grades K - 12

Wet Lab Programs

Join us behind-the-scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium in our Wet Labs for a unique hands-on experience.

Grades: 4-12

Ecology Field School

In Stanley Park, we are in a unique position to learn more about these amazing animals and how we can keep our ecosystems healthy.

Grades: K-3

Sea Sensations

Sea Sensations is a classroom-based experience designed to inspire students by diving into the colourful world of marine mammals.

Grades: Pre-3

Aquatic Adventures - Frogs

This year, children will “hop” into our classroom to meet our amphibian friends. They will join us in a journey to find out more about the life cycles and habits of these amazing animals.

Grades: K-7

4D Theatre: Big Picture Conservation

Skip the line and enjoy your very own screening of the 4D theatre Film with a bonus conservation themed program by one of our aquarium educators. Ideal for Large Groups.

Grades: Pre-12

Virtual Aquaclass

The Virtual Aquaclass is an opportunity for students to connect live with the Vancouver Aquarium without having to leave the classroom.

All ages

Home Learner Workshops

Join our team of teaching experts at the Vancouver Aquarium for a year of brand new programming, custom-designed just for you.

Grades: K-3

Staying Alive

Discover how animals and plants are adapted to survive in different environments. Learn how size, shape, colour and behaviour help them stay alive, and what we can do to maintain healthy habitats.

Grades: 4-10

Research in Action

Few places have the abundance and diversity of marine life that we have here in our own backyard. Learn about fish research in Howe Sound and how it is rooted in observations and initiative.

Grades: 4-7

Arctic Biodiversity

Ideal for classes seeking an emphasis on Indigenous content and the influences of different cultures on the diversity and survival of all living things.

Programmes scolaires

Excursions à l'Aquarium de Vancouver

Une façon unique d'engager vos élèves dans une expérience d'apprentissage pratique avec une vie marine incroyable.

Années: K-12


Joignez-vous à nous dans les coulisses de l’Aquarium de Vancouver dans notre Wetlab pour une expérience unique !

M à la 7ème année

Cinéma 4D La Conservation au Premier Plan

Evitez de faire la queue et profitez d’une projection privée de notre film actuel dans le cinéma en 4D ainsi que d’une présentation bonus sur le thème de la conservation par un de nos éducateurs de l’aquarium.

Années 4 - 10

Des Recherches à l’Action

Peu d’endroits dans les océans du monde ont l’abondance et la diversité de la vie marine que nous avons ici dans notre propre jardin.

M à la 3ème année

Les Mammifères Marins

Les Mammifères Marins est une expérience en salle de classe conçue pour inspirer les élèves en plongeant dans l'univers coloré des mammifères marins.

Pré à la 12ème année

L'AquaClasse Virtuelle

L’AquaClasse Virtuelle est une occasion pour les étudiants de se connecter en direct avec l’Aquarium de Vancouver, sans avoir à quitter leur salle de classe.


Virtual AquaSchool

This year, we're excited to offer Virtual AquaSchool, an immersive 4-week experience. Now your students can connect with us no matter where they are, from the comfort and safety from their own environment. Virtual AquaSchool will equip your students with the skills to become better observers, creative critical thinkers, and youth ambassadors in a rapidly changing environment.   ​​​​​

Summer group programs

Thanks for a great summer 2019!

Looking summer programs 2020? Please check back in spring 2020.


Some words from our students

Online Resources

Resources for teachers

Here you will find resources for planning your visit, activities for your students, as well as follow up activities for your class.

Other Educational Programs

Camps & Clubs

Programs embrace nature play, science, art and hands-on experiences to foster a love of our natural world.

Evening Programs

Participants interact with an experienced educator and engage in a multisensory exploration after hours!

Mobile Programs

Our mobile aquariums bring ocean education to your school, youth group or community event.

Bursary Program

Ocean Wise Bursary Program

The Ocean Wise Bursary Program is funded by the generosity of donors. This program serves schools with a high concentration of youth vulnerable to the effects of poverty.

Free Bus Application Form

Ocean Wise Education Bus

Ocean Wise Education may be able to come pick your class up! Thanks to the generosity of donors, Ocean Wise Education will be operating a free bus transporting classes to our programs onsite at the Vancouver aquarium. This project aims to decrease the transportation barriers and make ocean literacy programming more accessible to all schools.


Ocean Wises’ ‘Build Back Better’ Federal Budget Submissions




Exploring Sustainable Chowder Ingredients


New Spotlight Report from Ocean Wise details impact of underwater noise on whales


Ocean Wises’ ‘Build Back Better’ Federal Budget Submissions




Exploring Sustainable Chowder Ingredients


New Spotlight Report from Ocean Wise details impact of underwater noise on whales


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