Ocean Wise Education Bus 

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.

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Applications currently closed

Note: The application period for school year 2019-2020 is now closed. Please check back in September 2020 to apply for school year 2020-2021. Thank you!


Ocean Wise Education may be able to come pick your class up! 

If you are considering a fieldtrip to the Vancouver Aquarium but the cost of transportation is a barrier, apply for a free bus. The bus can provide one free round trip to and from the Vancouver Aquarium. If selected, you will receive further instructions on when and how to book a school program for the correct date. The free bus is conditional upon the booking of a paid program. Requests are granted based on availability. The bus can fit 55 adult passengers, sitting two to a bench. Students Pre-K to Grade 5 will be able to fit three to a bench, thereby increasing the capacity.


1) I’ve already booked a program; can I have a free bus?

Sorry, because we cannot guarantee bus availability for the date you have already booked, please make your own transportation arrangements.

2) I have submitted my application; when will I hear back?

Due to the high volume of requests, we are unable to respond back to each one. If your request is granted, you will be given at least 3 weeks’ notice to plan your trip.

3) Even with a free bus, my students cannot afford the cost of a program, what can I do?

Apply for the Ocean Wise Bursary Program instead. The Ocean Wise Bursary Program funds free programs, including transportation, for schools that have a high concentration of youth vulnerable to the effects of poverty.

4) I have already submitted an application for the Ocean Wise Bursary Program but I haven’t heard back? Should I also apply for this free bus?

If receiving free transportation would make the cost of a school program affordable, then apply for this bus.

If you have any additional questions, please send to [email protected]. This opportunity is possible by the generosity of donors. We thank them for their support of ocean literacy educational programming.