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Youth Environmental Leaders Program FAQ

Youth Environmental Leaders Programs (YELP) take the camp experience to a new level.  Youth participants will be fully immersed in conservation and sustainability workshops led by our educators, experts and scientists.  A variety of daily topics, hands-on experiments and guest speakers will allow participants to explore the effects of their everyday behaviour on the environment and those we share it with.

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For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about YELP please see information below


Youth Environmental Leaders Program

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*Member's Rate:  Please note that the youth attendee must be an active Aquarium member at the time of booking to receive the discounted member's rate. We are unable to pro-rate you should you purchase a membership after you book. To receive the member price you must select the 'login with membership card' from the initial log in page.

Not a member? Join today for access to the discounted rate and many other benefits.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations within 7 days of the program date will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Rescheduling within 7 days of the program date will result in a 25% rebooking fee. Missed programs will not be refunded nor rescheduled. The Vancouver Aquarium reserves the right to cancel any program due to low registration.

What does a typical week at YELP look like?

YELP participants will be inspired to take direct action towards environmental sustainability and conservation by investigating a variety of topics that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Conservation on our Coast
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Marine Mammal Protection and Rehabilitation
  • Leadership and the Community

Topics will be explored through hands-on experiments and activities, presentations from aquarium experts, and behind the scenes opportunities.

Is YELP the right camp program for me?

If you are a youth between the ages of 13 and 16 and you are passionate about our environment, aquatic life or the Vancouver Aquarium, then YELP is the right program for you. Our participants will gain the skills they need to take direct action towards the conservation of aquatic life while connecting with various conservation and research initiatives here at the Vancouver Aquarium. YELP is a great next step for children that grew up in our AquaCamp program but are looking for something more but not ready to volunteer just yet.

When and Where is the Drop Off & Pick Up?

At 9:00 AM, meet your YELP leader on the large field at the North end of the aquarium, adjacent to the parking lot.  Youth participants can be picked up from the same location at 3:00pm.

What to bring?

  • Healthy and nut-free lunch and snacks (30 minute Lunch and two 15 minute snack breaks provided)
  • Water bottle (refillable)
  • Closed-toed shoes that can get wet and muddy (spare shoes are encouraged)
  • Weather appropriate clothing (jacket, hat, change of clothes if necessary)
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, and necessary medication

During your time in this program we challenge you to be plastic free and refrain from the use of single use plastics (i.e. plastic bags, cutlery and water bottles).

Still Have More Questions?

Please email yelp@ocean.org or ask your knowledgeable YELP leader on the first day.


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