Exhibit / Touch Pools

Touch pools

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get your hands wet.


Get hands-on

This exhibit offers you the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the mysterious and colourful animals beneath our waters. Learn about anemones, sea stars and urchins as you touch some of their unique features.


Exploring touch pools

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get your hands wet. An interpreter or volunteer will guide you through this opportunity to get hands-on with some of the animals in the touch pool.

Go behind the scenes

Participate in interactive sessions alongside Aquarium interpreters, biologists and trainers. You’ll be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the habitats of some of the animals at the Aquarium where you’ll help our trainers in a feeding or training session.

How we help

Education, our key to ocean conservation

Ocean conservation begins with using knowledge to influence attitudes and behaviours. At Ocean Wise we embrace education and youth engagement as the next wave of conservation progress.


Children & youth programs

Immersive programs that foster love for our oceans through fun experiences. We engage over 9,000 children, youth and families in marine science annually through a suite of educational activities.


Curriculum programs

We engage over 20,000 students per year in inquiry-based learning, led by professional educators. Through activities sudents explore how science can play a major role in preserving marine life.


Mobile programs

Mobile programs is the traveling education stream of Ocean Wise. We bring ocean education to schools, youth groups, and communities coast to coast. We engage over 90,000 people annually.

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The Vancouver Aquarium will be temporarily closed to the public starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and all programming will be cancelled as a preventative measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19 through our community.​​​​​ Learn more.