Announcements

Welcome to the AquaCamp Community!

Posted by haileyrenaud on February 19th, 2018

At Ocean Wise, our mission is to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans. Our Children & Youth Programs are immersive ocean education experiences that foster love for our oceans through fun and interactive activities, engaging over 9,000 children, youth and families in marine science annually.

Through our programs, we inspire the next generation of leaders to develop concern for the environment by experiencing awe and wonder as a child.

AquaCamps: offer your children a fun, educational experience never to be forgotten. Our camps are filled with hands-on activities, animal observations, crafts and time to run around outside to fully engage your children in an environment that encourages active learning. Children will learn about local and exotic animals, life cycles, food webs, adaptations, ecosystems and sustainability. Register online!


Junior Biologist Club: explore the animals, science, and research that happen behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium and in ocean science research. Get ready to dive into a series of adventures to gain a better understanding of our aquatic planet, the technological innovation in Aquarium research and what we need to do to better protect our oceans. Register today!


WILD Family Nature Club: Ocean Wise has teamed up with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to host free nature clubs for families with young children. Families can get connected and learn about local nature and wildlife with the outdoors as their classroom. Every second Friday and fourth Saturday of the month, an educator from Ocean Wise will lead a group to a designated destination in Stanley Park for unstructured play time. Check out our calendar to find an event near you!


For more information, please email camps@ocean.org or call Hailey at 604-359-3493.


Interested in celebrating a birthday at the Aquarium? Does sleeping with the fishes sound dreamy to you? Check out our birthday parties and sleepovers! Tour the Aquarium with an experienced educator and engage in a multisensory exploration of the BC intertidal zone in our Wet Lab.

Have a Splash of a Birthday: You’ll touch marine invertebrates like squishy sea cucumbers, sticky anemones and prickly sea urchins in our Wet Lab before heading behind the scenes for a visit through our Jellyfish hallway. As an added bonus, the birthday child will be named an Honorary Aquarist and will get to feed our fish in the two-story Strait of Georgia Pacific Canada Pavilion, one of the Aquarium's largest exhibits.

Spend an Incredible Night in the Aquarium: After the Aquarium has closed its doors for the night, we invite you to join us for an exciting night of exploration. You’ll have the chance to explore the Aquarium through a variety of special activities and head into our behind-the-scenes marine lab, where you can touch local invertebrates including live sea stars, sea urchins, anemones and more. Bed down in front of one of the Aquarium's spectacular marine galleries, and receive a continental breakfast when you wake up.

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For more information, please email sleepovers@ocean.org or call 604-659-3504.


Win a free space to AquaCamps this summer!

Posted by haileyrenaud on February 19th, 2018

Learn about local and exotic animals, life cycles, food webs, adaptations, ecosystems and sustainability through hands-on activities and active play at our Vancouver Aquarium AquaCamps. With programs for ages 4 to 16, there is something for every young ocean enthusiast!

We are inspired by the passion you have for your learning and loving nature, so show us your love and enter to win a free space to our summer AquaCamps!

The contest will run from Monday, February 12th, 2018 to Friday, February 16th, 2018. To enter the contest:

- Post a photo of your family learning in nature on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – looking at leaves, animal watching, doing a scavenger hunt, etc.

- Tag #OceanWiseEducation and #AquaCampsContest

Prize pack includes: one space to a week of our summer AquaCamps!

Contest rules:

- We will accept one entry per Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account – multiple entries from the same account will be counted as a single entry.

- Contest opens at 12:00 a.m. EST on February 12th, 2018 and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 16th, 2018. The draw will be on February 19th, 2018 and the potential winner will be contacted and must respond within 48 hours to be declared a winner.

- To be eligible to enter, a person must be age 18 years or older at the time of entry, a resident in Canada excluding the Province of Quebec.

Win a spot to AquaCamps - Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.. ALL ENTRANTS AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES.

THE CONTEST:

“Win a spot to AquaCamps” (the “Contest”), presented by Ocean Wise Conservation Association (the “Sponsor”) begins at 12:00:01 AM (EST) on February 12th, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (EST) on February 16th, 2019 (the “Contest Period”). Ocean Wise Conservation Association reserve the right to terminate the Contest at their sole discretion, award no Prize if events beyond their reasonable control make continuation not feasible. The Sponsors also reserve the right to amend these rules unilaterally and without notice to entrants.

THE PRIZE:

One (1) prize (the “Prize”) will be awarded consisting of one (1) spot for a child aged 4-12 to our weeklong Ocean Wise AquaCamps during the summer months (July 3rd-August 31st, 2018). The value of the prize is $354 for 5 days and $284 for 4 days.

The Prize must be accepted as awarded without substitution and is not transferable, not for resale and has no cash surrender value. The Sponsors reserve the right, in the event that the Prize or any component of the Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another prize or component of a prize of equal value, without liability.

Prizes consist only of elements listed above and do not include transportation to/from Vancouver, accommodation or any other travel-related or other expenses.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agrees to be legally bound by these contest rules (the “Rules”) and by the interpretation of the Rules by the Sponsors, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of the Sponsors as final and binding as they relate to the content of this Contest.

The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond the Sponsors’ control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, the Sponsors may select the winning entry (the “Winner”) from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Sponsors. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website or violates the Rules.

The Sponsors accept no responsibility for loss, damage or claims caused by or resulting from the Contest or acceptance of a Prize. The Sponsors will not be responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, falsified or destroyed entries and all such entries are void. Entries that have been falsified, tampered with or altered are void. In the event it is determined that an entrant has entered in a fashion not sanctioned by these Rules and/or has submitted more than the number of entries permitted by these rules, the entrant will be disqualified and all of the photographs submitted by the entrant will be disqualified. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any entries that violate the Rules.

TO ENTER THE CONTEST: There is (1) one way to enter the Contest:

You may submit no more than a total of one entry per Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account during the contest period.

Entries must include #OceanWiseEducation and #AquaCampsContest. Your account must be switched to public in order to be considered. The entry must fulfill all contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsors.

By entering the Contest, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsors from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which the Sponsors may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to enter, a person must be age 18 years or older at the time of entry and a resident in Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec). You cannot be an employee or director (current or retired) of Ocean Wise Conservation Association, their affiliated companies, agents, advertising or promotional agencies, domiciled with any such person, or a member of the immediate family of any such person. “Immediate family” means a spouse of any such employee, or any parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of any such employee or the spouse of any such person.

THE DRAW:

Entries will be reviewed for composition, content/originality, technical quality and visual impact by a panel of judges appointed at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, consisting of employees from Ocean Wise Conservation Association on February 19th, 2018 (the “Draw Date”). Odds of being declared a winner depend on the total number of eligible entries. The selected entrant or his/her parent or legal guardian if eighteen (18) years of age or under will be contacted within forty-eight (48) hours of the Draw Date. No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected entrant. If the Sponsors or their agent, acting reasonably, cannot contact the selected entrant within forty-eight (48) hours of the Draw Date, another entry will be selected by the judging panel. The Sponsors or their agent will then make reasonable efforts to contact that person within forty-eight (48) hours, failing which another name will be drawn, and so on, until a selected entrant is contacted or there are no more eligible entries. The Sponsors will not be responsible for failed attempts to contact the selected entrant. The Sponsors reserve the right to reschedule the Draw Date.

BEFORE BEING DECLARED A WINNER

The selected entrant must sign and return within two (2) business days of notification a declaration and release form prepared by the Sponsor which, among other things: (i) confirms compliance with these Rules and acceptance of the Prize as awarded; and (ii) agrees to release the Promotion Entities against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from any liability in connection with this Contest, the selected entrant's participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the Prize or any portion thereof; (iii) agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her Entry, name, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by the Sponsor in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the Internet. If a selected entrant: (i) cannot be contacted by email within three (3) attempts or two (2) business days of the selection date, or there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; or (ii) fails to return the properly executed Contest documents within the specified time; then he/she will be disqualified and will forfeit his/her opportunity to be a winner (and to receive the Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to name another winner.

Rights Granted by You:

By entering the Contest, You understand and agree that the Sponsors, anyone acting on behalf of the Sponsors, and the Sponsors’ licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Contest, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, credit, notice, review, or consent.

By entering the Contest, the Winner consents to the use of his/her name, address (city and province) and/or photograph without further remuneration, in connection with any publicity carried out by or on behalf of the Sponsors in connection with this Contest.

PRIVATE INFORMATION:

The Sponsors respect your right to privacy. Personal information collected from entrants will only be used by the Sponsors to administer the Contest and in the manner described in these Contest Rules and, only if consent is given at the time of entry, to provide the entrants with information regarding upcoming promotions and/or events from the Sponsors. For more information regarding the manner of collection, use and disclosure of personal information by the Sponsors, please visithttps://ocean.org/privacy-policy/

This Contest is subject to all federal, provincial (excluding Quebec) and municipal laws and regulations.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Questions about the Contest may be directed to: Children & Youth Programs at 604-659-3493 or by email at camps@ocean.org

CONTESTANT DECLARATION AND RELEASE

I have read, fully understand and agree to these Contest Rules. I understand that I will give up rights by indicating my acceptance here by electronic means. I am eligible to participate and have accepted the Contest terms freely and voluntarily without any inducement or duress, or assurance or guarantee being made to me. I represent and warrant that I have the legal right to grant the photo use rights I am granting herein. I own copyright in the submitted photograph and have not transferred copyright to any other person or entity. I intend my electronic acceptance to be an indication of my complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.


Wild Postcard Project!

Posted by haileyrenaud on January 30th, 2018

Founded in 2016, the BC Biodiversity Wild Postcard Project aims to increase awareness of biodiversity through artwork competitions for kids & teens in locations across the world. The winning artworks are converted into postcards, allowing local biodiversity – as depicted by artistically inclined youth – to be shared to all corners of the globe.


BC Biodiversity wants to get people around the world talking about biodiversity – the animals, plants, and bacteria that comprise life on Earth. And that’s why they need you! They need your artwork – whether it’s a painting, collage, drawing, etching…they want you to somehow showcase biodiversity of the place where you live.

They are calling on talented kids and teens (ages 5-18) to make artwork depicting your local biodiversity. At each of their competition locations (in 2018, the Philippines and Ireland), a judging panel will select the top 10 artworks, which will turn into postcards. They are hopeful that these postcards – posted to destinations across the world – will raise awareness of the fantastic creatures and plants we’ve got here on Earth.

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‘Blue Tit Collage’ by Jennifer Wilson (Age 13), ‘Paraisong Pilipino’ by Dianne Yvie Capunong (Age 14)

1. WHO: The competition is open to kids and teens (ages 5-18) who are currently living in British Columbia.

2. WHAT: Your artwork (whether you paint, draw, etch, screen print, etc.) must represent the biodiversity of BC in some way. Please also complete and include the competition entry form (found here).

3. WHEN: Postmarked no later than 1 March 2018.

4. WHERE: Entries can be sent to:

Wild Postcard Project

c/o Dr. Angela Stevenson

Biodiversity Research Centre, UBC

2212 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

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Grizzly Bear (Photo by: Princess Lodges, Flickr), Muskrat (Photo: S. J. Coates, Flickr)

Hard copies are preferred, but if necessary you can submit via email (take a photo with your iPhone, iPad, any option works!). Just make sure to hold on to the original copy of your artwork in case you’re selected as a winner and we need to do a fancy photoshoot of it – and because we may the original for printing purposes. wildpostcardproject@gmail.com


Ocean Champions: Meet some people inspiring change

Posted by haileyrenaud on January 13th, 2018

This week on ocean.org we are showcasing some amazing ocean champions who are exploring, protecting, and inspiring change.

  • Jill Heinerth: Cave-Diving Explorer. More people have visited the moon than some of the places Jill Heinerth has dived
  • Chloe Dubois: Ocean Plastic Preacher. Ocean Legacy's Chloe Dubois is serious about cleaning our coasts.

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Photo 1: Jill Heinerth, IntothePlanet.com. Photo 2: Chloe Dubois stands with debris brought in from B.C. beaches (Francois Georgian).

  • Lizzie Carr: Paddling For The Planet. Lizzie Carr kicked cancer's butt then quit her corporate job to pick up garbage.
  • Kathy Heise: Tracing the Call. Marine biologist Kathy Heise has devoted decades to understanding how whales and dolphins use sound.

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Photo 1: Lizzie Carr, the paddleboarding environmentalist. Photo 2: Kathy Heise watches Chester at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

  • Jenice Yu: Supplying Sustainable. Jenice Yu has been in the fishing industry since she was a girl. Now she owns her own sustainable seafood supply business, sourcing the finest Ocean Wise seafood caught by Canadian fishermen.
  • Rachel Schoeler: Great Lengths. Rachel Schoeler swam the Straight of Georgia to raise awareness about water pollution.

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Photo 1: Jenice Yu and company at the Fin to Tail event in 2016. Photo 2: Rachel Schoeler swims across the Georgia Straight.

New this week on AquaBlog:

Do you have an Ocean Wise story you think would be a good fit for Ocean.org or AquaBlog? Let us know – email us at contact@ocean.org.

Please follow us on social for more inspiring ocean content: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram


Happy Holidays from Ocean Wise and the Vancouver Aquarium

Posted by haileyrenaud on December 13th, 2017

Happy Holidays from Ocean Wise and

the Vancouver Aquarium

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As we reflect on the year that was and turn our thoughts to the year ahead, we wanted to share the magic of the aquatic world with you and your family this holiday season. It’s been another incredible year. From the busiest season ever at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, to eliminating single use water bottles at the Aquarium, and to the AquaVan’s cross-country odyssey in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we have been busy encouraging Canadians to become Ocean Wise through education and direct action. Our research is helping to inform policy and legislation locally, provincially, nationally and globally.

We still have a lot of work to do, but we are optimistic. And as we watch these mesmerizing jelly fish – our version of the holiday firelog– we hope that you are optimistic too and stay connected with us next year.

Our work wouldn't be possible without the support of our donors, members, partners, volunteers and Ocean Wise Champions, like you, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe, peaceful and "jelly" holiday season.

The board, staff and volunteers of Ocean Wise and Vancouver Aquarium.



The Arctic is Warming - What does that mean for us?

Posted by haileyrenaud on November 30th, 2017

This week on ocean.org we explore why sea ice matters.

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Photo: Daisy Gilardini

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Photo: Daisy Gilardini

  • Science, Meet Tradition - How youth are bridging the gap between scientific and traditional knowledge in a changing Arctic.
  • The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere on earth. What does this mean for Inuit today? Changing Climate and Culture
  • Under the Ice - A rare glimpse of beautiful Arctic animals found beneath the sea ice.

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Photo: Martin Fortier, ArcticNet and Shawn Hopper

Please follow us on social for more inspiring ocean content: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram


Spotlight On: KELP!

Posted by haileyrenaud on November 11th, 2017

This week on ocean.org we explore super kelp - from storm protection to nutritious snack, we could all use a kelping hand: https://ocean.org/stories/kelp/

1. New episodes of Ocean Kitchen! Sustainable and delicious, Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell cooks with kelp, learn how to make:

·Mussel and Kelp Pasta

·(Sea)Weed Brownies

·Kelp Scones with Kelp Butter

2. Learn more about kelp (not just a superfood, it's a superhero)

3. Good for your skin too, learn how to make a DIY kelp facemask

4. Riding the Kelp Highway - Pacific kelp forests might have helped people the Americas

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Happy Halloween from us!

Posted by haileyrenaud on October 31st, 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!Our team at the Vancouver Aquarium wanted to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween. Click here for some tips to stay super safe and visible, and for some ideas on how to recycle your Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy!

If you want to be just like us, sign up for our Pro-D day and winter camps; registration is open!



Rescued Beluga Calf Update

Posted by haileyrenaud on October 25th, 2017

Did you know that members of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal care team are currently on deck at the Alaska SeaLife Center assisting with the intensive care of a rescued male beluga calf?!

The calf was rescued on September 30th after he was found stranded and struggling near Trading Bay in Western Cook Inlet. He was brought to the Alaska SeaLife Center for 24-hour critical care. He was estimated to be between 2-4 weeks old, and is a part of the endangered Cook inlet beluga whale population, which consists of about 340 individuals.

Experts from the Vancouver Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, and Sea World are all working in shifts around the clock to provide 24 hour intensive care to the orphaned calf. He is fighting to get better, and has become strong enough to latch onto a bottle to feed! Rescued newborn cetaceans have a very low chance of survival, usually 10%, but our teams are working hard with the singular goal of trying to save this young beluga's life. Follow the Vancouver Aquarium Facebook page and AquaBlog to stay updated!





Join us for a fun filled evening with the Canada C3 expedition!

Posted by Nicole on October 17th, 2017

On October 23rd at the Vancouver Aquarium, join us for an engaging evening of storytelling, videos and music with Canada C3 Expedition Leader Geoff Green and Leg 15 participants! Learn about the 150-day expedition and the key project themes: diversity and inclusion, the environments, reconciliation, and youth engagement.

For Kids: Canada C3 and Vancouver Educations will be there to engage young audience members with hands-on activities using the Canada C3 giant floor map and The Aquarium Wet Labs.

Register here: http://www.vanaqua.org/ship-t-shore


Junior Biologist Club is back!

Posted by haileyrenaud on October 1st, 2017

Junior Biologist Club is open for registration! We are excited to kick off another season of exploration and discovery! Please click the following link for our registration page, which contains information about all of our upcoming club sessions and themes.

If you have any questions about our club, our themes, or online learning website, please contact our Junior Biologist Club coordinator, Hailey, at hailey.renaud@ocean.org or 604-659-3444!

Our first theme this season is Stellar Stellers! Steller sea lion populations worldwide are declining, specifically along our coast, with many possible reasons including disease, predators, competing for food and space, pollution, and other human related factors. Learn all about how the sea lion research at the aquarium has helped to understand these wild populations!

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We hope to see our young biologists joining us on Saturday mornings!

Best fishes,

Hailey


Back-To-School Green Hacks

Posted by Nicole on August 30th, 2017

It has been an amazing summer of AquaCamps but it's time for your campers to head back to school! Here are some back-to-school green hacks to consider as you get ready for the new school year!


Happy Learning!


Another OTTERly aRAYzing week at camp!

Posted by haileyrenaud on August 25th, 2017

Hello Campers, Parents & Guardians!

We hope you had a "whale" of a time exploring our Ocean at camp this week. Our educators, ocean critters and volunteers want to say thank you for making this week extra "fish-tastic"!

We value your feedback and it has resulted in some great changes to our program over the past few years. Please follow this link to our short AquaCamps 2017 Summer Survey and share with us what you and your campers would like to see continue and what you would like to see change.

Did you have an exceptional camp experience this summer? If so, or if you would like a special way to say thank you to your camp educator, please consider submitting a Tourism Nomination!

Don't forget to check out our Gallery & Discussion board for photos and updates from your campers educator.

Best "fishes" with the rest of your summer!

Hailey


Thank you for another great week at camp!

Posted by haileyrenaud on August 21st, 2017

Hello Campers, Parents & Guardians!

We hope you had a "whale" of a time exploring our Ocean at camp this week. Our educators, ocean critters and volunteers want to say thank you for making this week extra "fish-tastic"!

We value your feedback and it has resulted in some great changes to our program over the past few years. Please follow this link to our short AquaCamps 2017 Summer Survey and share with us what you and your campers would like to see continue and what you would like to see change.

Did you have an exceptional camp experience this summer? If so, or if you would like a special way to say thank you to your camp educator, please consider submitting a Tourism Nomination!

Don't forget to check out our Gallery & Discussion board for photos and updates from your campers educator.

Best "fishes" with the rest of your summer!

Hailey


Thank you for a fintastic week at camp!

Posted by haileyrenaud on August 1st, 2017

Hello Campers, Parents & Guardians!

We hope you had a "whale" of a time exploring our Ocean at camp this week. Our educators, ocean critters and volunteers want to say thank you for making this week extra "fish-tastic"!

We value your feedback and it has resulted in some great changes to our program over the past few years. Please follow this link to our short AquaCamps 2017 Summer Survey and share with us what you and your campers would like to see continue and what you would like to see change.

Did you have an exceptional camp experience this summer? If so, or if you would like a special way to say thank you to your camp educator, please consider submitting a Tourism Nomination!

Don't forget to check out our Gallery & Discussion board for photos and updates from your campers educator.

Best "fishes" with the rest of your summer!

Hailey :)


Thank you for the otterly fintastic week campers!

Posted by haileyrenaud on July 28th, 2017

Hello Campers, Parents & Guardians!

We hope you had a "whale" of a time exploring our Ocean at camp this week. Our educators, ocean critters and volunteers want to say thank you for making this week extra "fish-tastic"!

We value your feedback and it has resulted in some great changes to our program over the past few years. Please follow this link to our short AquaCamps 2017 Summer Survey and share with us what you and your campers would like to see continue and what you would like to see change.

Did you have an exceptional camp experience this summer? If so, or if you would like a special way to say thank you to your camp educator, please consider submitting a Tourism Nomination!

Don't forget to check out our Gallery & Discussion board for photos and updates from your campers educator.

Best "fishes" with the rest of your summer!

Hailey :)



Thank you to this weeks campers!

Posted by Nicole on July 17th, 2017

Hello Campers, Parents & Guardians!

We hope you had a "whale" of a time exploring our Ocean at camp this week. Our educators, ocean critters and volunteers want to say thank you for making this week extra "fish-tastic"!

We value your feedback and it has resulted in some great changes to our program over the past few years.
Please follow this link to our short AquaCamps 2017 Summer Survey and share with us what you and your campers would like to see continue and what you would like to see change.

Did you have an exceptional camp experience this summer? If so, or if you would like a special way to say thank you to your camp educator, please consider submitting a Tourism Nomination!

Don't forget to check out our Gallery & Discussion board for photos and updates from your campers educator.


Best Fishes,
Nicole


Thank you for a great first week!

Posted by Nicole on July 14th, 2017

Hello Parents, Guardians & AquaCampers!!

Your educators wanted to thank you for a “Fish-tastic” week of AquaCamps! We had a whale of a week exploring our oceans with you and hope you enjoyed your experience with us as well. We value your feedback and it has resulted in some great changes to our program over the past few years.
Please follow this link to our short AquaCamps 2017 Summer Survey and share with us what you and your campers would like to see continue and what you would like to see change.

Did you have an exceptional camp experience this summer? If so, or if you would like a special way to say thank you to your camp educator, please consider submitting a Tourism Nomination!

Don't forget to check out our Gallery & Discussion board for photos and updates from your campers educator.

Best Fishes,
Nicole


Camp is o-FISH-ally underway!

Posted by Nicole on July 4th, 2017

Our first day of camp has just come to an end and we hope our campers enjoyed it as much as we did! We had many camp groups doing different activities today including: a hands on session in the wet lab, plankton sampling at the beach with plankton tows, squid dissecting, and exploring the beach in search of critters.

Make sure you check our gallery for this week and discussion board to find out from your camper's leader what your camper got up to today!!



Camp is Coming!

Posted by Nicole on June 26th, 2017

Camp is only 1 week away and our Camp Educators are looking forward to meeting all the campers this summer! They have been busy preparing new games, activities and crafts to guide campers on an exploration of the ocean. This weekend our educators were spotted testing out their beach interpretation skills on the shores of Stanley Park. They found sea cucumbers, sea stars, urchins, crabs, and a fried-egg jellyfish! What will your camper discover at the beach this summer?



Welcome to our AquaCamp & Jr. Biologist Club Community!

Posted by Nicole on May 15th, 2017

This community is for you - our AquaCampers, Jr. Biologists and parents & guardians!

  • Check out our gallery to see what our campers and Jr. Biologists have been up to lately.
  • Head to our discussion board to hear from your campers' or Jr. Biologists' educator about their day or ask our educators questions in our Camper's Questions Forum.
  • Take a look at our resources for camp details including the parent letter and camp drop off and pick up map, as well as other resources for parents on Nature Play.
  • Visit our Ocean Events Calendar to see what ocean themed events are happening near you!

Happy Camping!

Nicole Straughan
Children & Youth Programs Manager
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre