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Home Learner Workshops

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Looking for an out-of-the-box learning experience? Our home learner-only programs are custom designed just for you!

Join our team of teaching experts at the Vancouver Aquarium for a new year of exciting programming. Dive into our diverse ecosystems, learn about how scientists study animals and their environments, and explore how our actions can have an impact on the world around us through exclusive opportunities and fun hands-on activities. 

To be eligible, you must be part of a homeschool group and/or homelearning family.

If you have any questions or comments about Home Learner programming, please contact Stephanie Chong at stephanie.chong@ocean.org or 604-659-3512.

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Home School Days

Welcome to the 2017-2018 season

Available to participants born in: 

2009-2012 (Primary)               12:30-2pm

2003-2009 (Intermediate)        2:30-4pm

Series 1: Our Water, Our Home

Option A: Thursdays - October 12 AND November 9 AND December 7


Option B: Thursdays -  October 19 AND November 16 AND December 14

Fabulous Frogs Have you ever been outside and heard chirping and ribbiting? Chances are, you're more connected to frogs than you realize! Dive into the watery world of frogs and learn about how your actions affect their homes by conducting your own experiment.
Underwater Armour Explore the diversity of animals that rely on shells for survival. Discover why their armour is so important, how changing ocean conditions can have a detrimental impact on them, and what we can do to help.
Nurdles and Turtles Share stores about sea turtles and what makes them such unique animals. Learn about the challenges they face and be empowered to make effective changes to keep them healthy.

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 Series 2: Creativity at Work

Option A: Thursdays - January 25 AND March 1 AND April 12


Option B: Thursdays -  February 1 AND March 8 AND April 19

Scuba Science There's more to the oceans than meets the eye! Understand the science behind diving and how it has changed. Then get a hands-on opportunity to learn about the skills and equipment that divers use. 
Ecosystem Engineers  Get an up-close and personal look at our local animals in our renowned wet lab. Explore what they need to survive and the strategies that they use to stay safe. Then design your own animal home. 

Eating               E-fish-ently

Eating seafood can be tasty and sustainable! Learn about what makes something sustainable or unsustainable. Then design your “ideal” sustainable fishing tool.

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  Series 3: Superheroes Amongst Us

Option A: Thursdays - May 10 AND June 7


Option B: Thursdays -  May 17 AND June 14

Super Slime Why are some animals slimy? Go on a scavenger hunt for "slimy" animals, explore the benefits and disadvantages of being slimy and then make your own slime! 
Colossal Kelp Dive into the wonderful world of kelp right in our backyard. Learn about the features of kelp, meet the amazing creatures that call it home, and get an up-close look at the positive and negative impacts of humans. 

NOTE: This program has an outdoor component. Please dress appropriately for spending time outdoors and at the beach (e.g. hats sunscreen, jacket, beach appropriate footwear etc.). We recommend water-resistant shoes or rubber boots; participants wearing open-toed shoes may not be able to participate in all activities.

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Program Costs*

Series 1 and 2: 


Per child per series 


We believe that adults are important too! New discounted rate per accompanying adult per series (up to 1 adult per child)

Series 3:


Per child per series


We believe that adults are important too! New discounted rate per accompanying adult per series (up to 1 adult per child)

*Includes admission for each paid participant on the day of the program

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 Program details: 

  • Space is limited to 25 participants per program
  • Accompanying adults and younger siblings who are not registered in the program will not be able to participate
  • Additional adults and children not participating in the program will pay the usual admission rate or are welcome find an alternative off-site waiting space
  • Attendance list and booking is finalized 48 hours before the start of the program.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellations made within 48 hours of the first day of the series will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Any further missed dates in the series will not be refunded nor rescheduled.
  • The Aquarium reserves the right to cancel the program (with a full refund) due to low registration.
  • Aquarium Memberships cannot be used in lieu of fees for participants in school programs.

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