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Educator Professional Development

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Regardless of age, you can always learn new, incredible things about life on Earth while at the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise® initiative.

During our teacher professional development day, our Ocean Wise® Education Program Coordinators will share their ideas and thoughts about the education, research, and conservation programs that are happening both at the Vancouver Aquarium and around the world. We hope that you will leave with the tools to promote immersive, active, and exploratory experiences that encourage students to think about marine science in a new way.

Please feel free to direct any questions to our Professional Development coordinator, Stephanie Chong, at Stephanie.Chong@ocean.org.

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Field Trips

Registration includes:

  • Discounted group rate for all day admission
  • Early entrance into the Vancouver Aquarium
  • A guaranteed teacher package and expedited entry for those who arrive before 11:30am
  • Admission to any of our workshops*
  • Admission to our two wet lab open houses (first come, first served)
  • Private 4D movie screening
  • A tour of the art installation Vortex by Douglas Coupland

*participants will be sent a link to sign up for workshops once they have registered

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Conference Schedule*

9:30-11:30am Check-in
9:15am Early check-in for 9:30am workshop & 4D movie
9:30-10:45am Workshop & 4D movie: Diving into Digital Learning (capacity: 120)

Ocean Wise Education offers a variety of programs that enable teachers to incorporate digital technologies and media into student learning. Discuss the different way we can help you utilize multi-media experience to activate student interest and explore important cross-curricular content through an ocean lens.
10:15-11:15am Workshop:

Details to be confirmed – please check back for updates (capacity: 32)
10:15-11:15am Open House: Wet Lab 2 Community (capacity: 80)
11:30-12:30pm  Workshop: Navigating Ocean Education on Dry Land (capacity: 32)

Through innovative digital, in person, and service learning initiatives guided by the seven Ocean Literacy principles, discover how connecting with diverse non-coastal cultures can provide opportunities for protecting our oceans.
12:30-1:30pm Workshop: Can the Conversation about Climate Change be Fun? (capacity: 25)

Climate change is all too often presented as a doom and gloom topic. This workshop will provide positive, interactive, and relatable approaches to demonstrating how climate change is a conversation topic that covers curricular competences at all grade levels.
12:30-1:30pm Open House: Wet Lab 1 Identity (capacity: 80)
1:30-2:30pm Workshop: Developing Curricular Competencies through Real World Challenges (capacity: 32)

Environmental issues have an impact on everyone. Explore how to use the BC Curriculum and Vancouver Aquarium field trips to create engaged and empowered students, regardless of their age or background.
 2:30-3:30pm Workshop: Le Français à l’Aquarium de Vancouver (capacity: 32)

Did you know Ocean Wise Education offers a variety of school programs in French? Come learn more about the various bilingual opportunities at the Vancouver Aquarium and explore the different benefits and challenges of francophone programs on the West Coast.
 3:00-3:30pm Tour: Art installation of Vortex by Douglas Coupland (capacity: 80)

*Schedule is subject to change without notice

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  • The group rate of $19 is only available for educators who have pre-registered for our event
  • Additional adults and children entering the Aquarium only may use their membership or pay regular gate admission on the day
  • Due to fire regulations, we have a maximum number of participants that we can admit into workshops
  • We are a large working facility with limited reception space. If other adults and children are not entering the aquarium, alternative waiting areas must be found.
  • Aquarium memberships cannot be used in lieu of this workshop fee
  • Cancellation Policy: Please note that cancellations made within 48 hours of the program workshop will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No-shows will not be refunded nor rescheduled.

Please feel free to direct any questions to our Professional Development coordinator, Stephanie Chong, at Stephanie.Chong@ocean.org.


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