A deeper learning experience at the Vancouver Aquarium


Integrate environmental awareness into all subjects

AquaSchool combines the best practices in teaching and learning environments so that students become better observers, creative critical thinkers, and environmental ambassadors.

AquaSchool welcomes teachers to apply to bring their class for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to the Vancouver Aquarium "classroom" every day for an entire week.

Work closely with Ocean Wise's passionate education coordinators, volunteers, and staff to develop a unique week of programming - with the Vancouver Aquarium as your classroom!

Students will have experience unique opportunities such as exploring our galleries and connecting with animals before opening hours, handling live animals in our specially designed wet lab classrooms, meeting some of Ocean Wise’s expert staff, and more. These experiences create endless opportunity for student self-discovery and those special ‘a-ha’ moments that spark a life long curiosity and respect for our oceans.



Important AquaSchool dates


June - Applications for AquaSchool open

August 6 - Applications for AquaSchool close

September - Selection process and teachers notified

AquaSchool dates 

One class of 15-25 students will be chosen for each of the following weeks:

October 7-11, 2019

November 12-15, 2019  (Note: 4 day week)

December 2-6, 2019

January 13-17, 2020

February 3-7, 2020

Mar 30-Apr 3, 2020


Eligibility & selection criteria

- Class size of 15-25 students (please note in your application if you have more than 25 students)

- Students are Grade 1-12

- Available to attend the program for the entire week. Programs runs Monday to Friday from 9:30am-2:15pm

- Strong interest in discovering how their students can contribute to contemporary, real-world conservation issues

- A desire to create lifelong learners

- Availability to work collaboratively with an Ocean Wise Education program coordinator

- Able to demonstrate how what students learn at AquaSchool translates into their every day lives


Pricing Details

$1800/5 days 
$1500/4 days

Flat rate up to 25 students. Parents volunteers are admitted for free at a ratio of 1:5 students. EAs and teachers are also free. Please contact us at if your class is larger than 25 students. 

A deeper learning experience

Hands-on learning

Collaborative teaching

Outdoor learning

See and learn


Service learning

For questions about the AquaSchool program or application process, please email


From teachers and students