Virtual AquaSchool

Real-life conservation explored from the comfort of your own environment.


Ignite your learners' curiosity about the world around them

We welcome educators, parents, and teachers to join us for a Virtual AquaSchool experience from the comfort and safety of your 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.   ​​​​​


What is Virtual AquaSchool?

Our perceptions and understanding of learning are constantly evolving. The way we interact with each other, with technology, and with the environment has changed radically over the last decade, and even more so in the last year. For students to become better observers, creative critical thinkers, and empowered environmental stewards, we need to teach in a way that is interdisciplinary, collective, and curiosity-led.  

Virtual AquaSchool is an immersive learning opportunity that empowers children and youth to explore ocean science and conservation education beyond the traditional classroom. It consists of four conceptually linked live workshops with a passionate Ocean Wise Educator over four weeks, complemented by specially curated midweek activities and resources that enable students to build upon concepts, reflect on their experiences, and act within their community.

While Virtual AquaSchool is BC Curriculum-minded, the focus is on discovery and skill-building, offering an interdisciplinary approach that creates personalized and meaningful learning. Participants will have unique opportunities including connecting with animals and ecosystems in our specially designed wet lab classrooms and connecting with other past and present participants in the Online Learning Environment, creating a community of curious, lifelong learners.  

Learners will be expected to participate both in real-time meetings and continue the discussion with our online learning platform.


What Do I Get?  

  • 4 real-time online meetings (once a week) with an Ocean Wise Educator 

  • Curated assignments and resources to help you continue the conversation with your learner(s)

  • Access to an online community with discussion boards, galleries and additional resources 

  • Behind-the-scenes connection to amazing intertidal animals and ecosystems from our Wet Lab classroom



For classroom teachers and other organized groups - $550 CAD 

For home learners - $100 CAD per household (one group of individuals who live in the same dwelling)


How To Book:

For classroom teachers and other organized groups - please fill out this form to request a Virtual AquaSchool booking for your students. Our team will contact you regarding availability. 

For home learners - we will be holding a number of Virtual AquaSchool series open for individual registration throughout the year. Series dates will be posted here and can be booked via our website when available. Please check back as we update our offerings. 

  • Fall Home Learner Series - Biodiversity In Your Backyard
    • Mondays - Nov 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 - 9:00 am PST
    • Mondays - Nov 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 - 1:00 pm​​​​​ PST
  • Winter Home Learner Series - Ecosystems Intertwined (Grades 1-3)
    • Wednesdays - Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 - 10:00 am PST
    • Wednesdays - Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 - 1:00 pm PST
    • BOOK NOW!
  • Spring Home Learner Series - Our Beach, Our Home (Grades 4-7)
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dates coming soon! 



Program Descriptions


Explore how interconnected biodiversity is with stewardship using our backyard ecosystems.  We will use an interactive map to explore Howe Sound, learn how to identify whales and map their locations, delve into the world of plastics in the ocean and discuss the importance of biodiversity and stewardship in healthy ecosystems by going on a virtual beach walk through our live aquatic classroom.

Recommended for Grades 4-7



What do animals need, and what makes a home? In this series, we'll explore our sense of place along with the roles, rights, and responsibilities we have to the ecosystems that we are a part of.

Recommended for Grades 1-3



Become a better explorer and ambassador for your local beach. Discuss how we rely on and impact our ocean. Explore and learn about how Indigenous diets continue to depend on the health of the land and oceans, how colonization has impacted Indigenous Peoples’ ability to survive, and how to respect the importance of the land, animals, and water. 

Recommended for Grades 4-7. 


For questions about the Virtual AquaSchool program, please email [email protected]  

Our vision

Virtual AquaSchool programs value immersive, active, and exploratory experiences that encourage students to think about marine science in a new way. We believe that learning should never end and have created resources that will get everyone in your class or family excited and involved.


How do I book a Virtual AquaSchool experience?

For Teachers:

Please fill out this form to request a booking for your class and our team will contact you.


For Home Learners: 

We have multiple Virtual AquaSchool series that are open to individual registration throughout the year. Registration closes 48 hours before the start of the first workshop.

Before booking, please have the following information available:

  • The date and time of the program that you wish to register for

  • Name of the participant(s)

  • Age of participant(s)

  • Parent/Guardian’s phone number and email address

  • Any information about their learning style that you would like us to know

  • Credit card information

Then go to our webstore to register

For those associated with a home learner organization that pay for program fees, here are two ways to register:

  • Home Learner organization registers and pays on your behalf. Home learner organizations can create their own account, input your information and pay online.  The organization will receive a confirmation and receipt that they will need to pass on to the participant’s guardian. 

  • Participant registers online and home learner organization reimburses. Participant’s guardian creates their own account and enters their information including payment. They receive their own confirmation email and receipt without having to go through a third party. They then submit their payment information to their organization.

*Note that we are unable to process payment by cash, cheque, or invoice*

What does the cost of my program include?

  • 4 x 60 minute online workshops (once a week) designed by a team of trained educators

  • Curated resources to help you continue the conversation with your learner(s)

  • Access to an online community with discussion boards and resources 

What are the technology requirements?

  • Programs require a strong internet connection, and access to a video/sound system

  • We will be using the Webex platform for our programs

  • We recommend downloading Webex onto a desktop computer

  • Alternatively, Webex works on most web browsers (we recommend using Google Chrome) or on many smartphones

  • After a program is booked, you will receive information on scheduling a tech test with the coordinator

  • This is an informal 10-15 minutes practice run to ensure that the technology is working as expected 

What if I need to cancel my program?

For Group bookings: 

Cancellations by the school or organization with more than 14 days notice prior to the first program date is subject to $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than 14 days notice are not eligible for any refund.


For Individual bookings:

Cancellations made within 48 hours of the first date in the series will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Any further missed dates in the series will not be refunded nor rescheduled. 

Where do my Program Fees go?

Ocean Wise is a non-profit society dedicated to ensuring that the oceans are healthy and flourishing.  Our mission is to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans. 

Our fees go towards maintaining the needed infrastructure of our top tier education programs, including: the care and feeding of the animals, maintaining the extensive physical demands of a heavily plumbed building, and retaining world class and highly educated biologists and teachers to engage your students. We keep our school program fees as low as possible, with our education department working just short of a cost recovery basis based on the requirements just listed. Ocean Wise’s 2019 Annual Report can be found here.   

Still Have More Questions?

Please email [email protected] with 'Virtual AquaSchool' in the subject line.

Please note that due to COVID-19 and a high number of queries, we are experiencing some delays in response times. We will do our best to respond within 72 hours.  

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