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Learn about rock pools, turtles and more with Two Oceans Aquarium

Or let the Aquarium come to your school

Last updated: Friday, 7 July 2023

“Life under the sea is better than anything they got goin’ on up there,” said Sebastian to Ariel in The Little Mermaid. You’ll see that it's true when you try one of the Two Oceans Aquarium exciting school tours, curriculum-aligned lessons, educational puppet shows and more. Or bring the Aquarium to your school, and spark a new generation of marine biologists or nature conservationists. 


More than a million learners have been impacted by these programmes Image: Lara van Zyl

BOOK A SCHOOL VISIT AND LESSON

Schools and youth groups can go on a 2-hour excursion to the Aquarium and learn about marine life from the very source. The Discovery Centre at the Aquarium has 45 minute lessons for Grade 1 - 12s, including Life in Rock Pools, Marine Sustainability, and Skeletons and Structures. The rest of the time is spent exploring the Aquarium.

Cost: R93 per learner/facilitator
Book: via aquarium.co.za/aquarium-lesson-booking-form


School lessons are suitable for all grades. Image: Two Oceans Aquarium

TAKE KIDS TO A PUPPET SHOW WITH A MESSAGE

For Grades R - 3s: The I&J Children’s Play Centre has themed puppet shows developed by a trained team of Early Childhood Development educators. Each one focuses on a specific environmental message, from Keep the Beach Clean to I Love Turtles. Puppet shows are 15 minutes. There are also daily puppet shows for visitors.

Cost: R93 per learner/facilitator
Book: via aquarium.co.za/foundation/puppet-show-booking-form


The puppet shows teach children about nature and our impact on Earth. Image: Lara van Zyl

BRING THE AQUARIUM & SEA CREATURES TO YOU

The Aquarium’s outreach programmes bring ocean education to kids in under-resourced schools and communities. 

You can book the Oceans in Motion lesson, bringing a mobile Aquarium (with live sea stars, sea urchins and sea anemones) to Grades 4, 5 and 6. Or the Smart Living mobile classroom for Grades 6 and 7, which focuses on the pillars of sustainability. The Aquarium even offers mobile ECD puppet shows for Grade R to 3.

Book: Find out more aquarium.co.za/foundation/education 


All of the lessons fit within the CAPS curriculum content. Image: Two Oceans Aquarium

SIGN UP FOR A SHORT COURSE

The Aquarium has a wide variety of independent courses for all learners and students. Courses include Junior Biologist, Introduction to Marine Science, and Marine Biobasics.

Grade 10s have the unique opportunity to take part in the annual Young Biologist course, on from 30 September - 6 October 2023. Applications close 1 September 2023

Cost: R800 per learner
Book: Find out about dates and cost via aquarium.co.za/foundation/education/courses


Courses focus on marine science, oceanography, marine biology, sustainability. Image: Two Oceans Aquarium

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AQUARIUM 

It’s open: Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 6pm, Saturday + Sunday, 9am - 6pm
Find it: Dock Road (by the Watershed), V&A Waterfront
Cost: R93 per learner/facilitator
Book for school visits: via aquarium.co.za
Contact on: 021 418 3823, aquarium@aquarium.co.za, @2OceansAquarium

By Lara van Zyl

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