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Homeschool Days at the Vancouver Aquarium

The Aquarium Is Your Classroom

We encourage home learning students, their younger siblings, and educators to become participants in our education programming. Past program themes have included wetlab explorations, guided intertidal beach walks, and the opportunity to meet marine science professionals.

To be eligible, you must be a  homeschool group and/or homelearning family. Programs will be capped and we will place participants with others to fill the program.   

The Aquarium Is Your Classroom

Program Details:

Born in 2006-2010:     12:30-2:00pm

Born in 2001-2006:      2:30-4pm


Fri Oct 16th          

Terrific Tropics

Be transported to the Amazon and become ecology scientists! Discover the amazing adaptations that animals need to survive, conduct a biodiversity survey, and build a food web.

Fri Nov 13th

Creatures on our Coast

Explore our backyard animals with a trip to our renowned behind-the-scenes Wetlab. Learn about how some of our coast’s smallest animals are actually heroes!

Fri Dec 11th

Arctic Biodiversity

From belugas to isopods, the Arctic hosts a surprising amount of biodiversity. Explore our Arctic gallery in detail and learn more about who and what lives in the North.

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Fri Feb 12th Rockfish, Lingcod, and Divers,   Oh My! Research at the Vancouver Aquarium is more than meets the eye! Learn about the interesting work that help us learn more about marine animals right here in British Columbia and practice the same skills that divers use.
Fri Mar 4th So you want to be a Scientist? How do scientists discover new things? Explore the process that scientists use to learn new things and design your experiment.
Fri Apr 15th   The Good, the Dirty, and the Downright Smelly! Dive even further into the research that happens at the Vancouver Aquarium. Get the inside scoop on the good, the dirty, and the downright smelly parts of being a scientist. 

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Program Costs


Per participant, per set of 3 classes

  • Accompanying adults and younger siblings are considered participants and must register as well as the student.
  • Attendance list and booking is finalized 48 hours before the start of the program.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellations made within 48 hours of the program date will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Missed programs will not be refunded or rescheduled.
  • The Aquarium reserves the right to cancel the program (with a full refund) due to low registration.
  • We are a large working facility with limited reception space. If adults and younger siblings are not accompanying the student in their program, alternative waiting areas must be found.
  • Aquarium Memberships cannot be used in lieu of fees for participants in school programs.

To Book


Phone: 604-659-3552, Fax: 604-659-3515 , Email:

Address: Booking Office, Vancouver Aquarium, PO Box 3232, Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PST) Monday to Friday

Please have the following ready:
A choice of several dates and times
The number of students and adult chaperones* planning to participate
Address, postal code, phone and fax numbers of the school
Credit Card*