Experience, Wonder, Learn & Engage

Kids Camps

We offer experiential, educational ProD Day, Spring Break, and Summer Camps for children (6-12 years). Our group sizes are small and our staff-child ratio is high, maximizing fun and safety. Camps focus on local marine ecology, biology, and conservation – taking place inside our aquarium and at nearby beaches and parks.

Camp Experiences 2024

Spring Camps

Date:

March 2025

Price:

New pricing coming

Registration Details:

Check back here January 2025

Spring into action with our exciting Spring Camps! Geared towards children aged 6 to 12, our camps offer hands-on learning experiences amidst the wonders of marine ecology, biology, and conservation. With small group sizes and attentive staff, safety and fun are guaranteed.

Summer Camps

Date:

July - August 2024

Price:

$315 - $495

Registration Details:

Opens April 15, 2024

Make a splash this summer at our thrilling Summer Camps! Dive deep into the world of marine ecology, biology, and conservation with engaging activities both inside our aquarium and out in the natural beauty of nearby beaches and parks. With small group sizes and a high staff-child ratio, your child’s safety and enjoyment are our top priorities.

ProD Day Camps

Date:

Varies during school year

Price:

New pricing coming this fall

Registration Details:

Sold out - Check back in January 2025

Join us for an adventure-packed ProD Day Camp! Designed for curious minds aged 6 to 12, our small group sizes and high staff-child ratio ensure maximum fun and safety. Explore local marine ecology, biology, and conservation both inside our aquarium and at nearby beaches and parks.

“The 3 days our daughter spent at camp was the best 3 days of fun and education she has had in a while. She loved meeting new kids from off coast and up coast, she could not stop talking about all the things she learnt…I loved hearing the excitement in her voice. Then at dinner she said to me “I can’t wait to wake up, so I can go to aquarium camp tomorrow!

Our camps sell out fast

Sign up at the link below to be among the first notified when registration opens.

Education Experiences

School and Group Programs

Field Trip Experiences:
Discover the Salish Sea

Dive into the world of ocean science with TidePools Aquarium! Our 60-90 minute hands-on experiences are designed for schools and groups, offering interactive activities with different themes that bring the wonders of the Salish Sea to life. From captivating visual lessons to exciting hands-on learning, there’s something for everyone to explore. Check out our program guide for more details – coming soon!

Grade:

K - Grade 12

Cost:

$176 - $224 + tax

Tidepools School District 46 Marine Education Units

Our education units center around a place-based approach to science learning, engaging young learners through hands-on activities and exploration of local marine creatures and habitats. Designed to spark curiosity and align with School District 46 core competencies and the BC Course Curriculum, our programs engage young learners through exploration of local marine creatures and habitats. If you’re a teacher in SD46, reach out to programs@tidepoolsaquarium.org or contact your school principal to get involved!

Events

TidePools Aquarium and BlueAct Marine Society present year-round events tied to ocean exploration, education, and conservation. Come join us!

TidePools Aquarium Release Day
June 15, 2024

Come on down to Amours Beach in Lower Gibsons as we bid farewell to our sea creatures. Our marine visitors will be returning to their natural habitat – the Salish Sea! Bring your family and a couple of buckets, and get ready to release some sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, and more.
Thank you to our sponsors BC Ferries!
Date: June 15, 2024
Price: FREE
Location: Armours Beach

BC Ferries Release Party
June 14, 2024

Join us for a free day at TidePools Aquarium sponsored by BC Ferries. Say goodbye to many of our creatures who have been living with us before they are released back into their natural habitat on June 15th.
Date: June 14, 2024
Price: FREE
Location: Gibsons Public Market

Sunshine Coast Climate Faire
September 20, 2024 until September 21, 2024

Mark your calendars! Our community will come together to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time. This new Climate Faire at the Gibsons Public Market will showcase great local progress, highlight innovative technologies, and stimulate climate action. The Sunshine Coast is a leading example of a community that is reducing its climate footprint and increasing its climate resilience, working collaboratively with other similar communities worldwide. It’s time to celebrate how far we’ve come and increase our positive impact.
Date: September 20, 2024 until September 21, 2024
Price: By Donation
Location: Gibsons Public Market

TidePools Art Show & Auction
June 26, 2024 until July 14, 2024

Particiapte in our 6th annual fundraiser auction that celebrates and supports the work we do to sustain heathy Coastal life! Up to 100 artists unleash their creativity on wooden Orca cutouts that we post on our online auction site to help raise funds for ongoing programs and operations of TidePools Aquarium. Bidding will begin June 26 and end July 14 at the OceanFest Conservation Day reception at the Gibsons Public Market.

Date: June 26, 2024 until July 14, 2024
Price: By Bid
Location: Gibsons Public Market

OceanFest Conservation Day
July 12, 2024 until July 14, 2024

The OceanFest Conservation Day brings together passionate individuals and organizations committed to ocean conservation. Learn about all the great work taking place in the region to help protect our ocean. From interactive exhibits showcasing innovative solutions to talks led by industry experts, there’s something for everyone eager to make a difference. This is a great chance to connect with groups taking action to help our oceans, with many volunteer opportunities for you to get involved year round. 

Date: July 12, 2024 until July 14, 2024
Price: By Donation
Location: Tidepools Aquarium & Gibsons Public Market

World Ocean Day Celebration
June 8, 2024

Celebrate a global movement dedicated to the protection and preservation of our marine ecosystems. On this World Ocean Day we are launching our Raincoast Ocean Listening Station in TidePools Aquarium so you can ‘hear’ what’s going on in our local ocean. From whale sounds to boat traffice, this interactive exhibit will help you understand the wonder and the challenges of underwater noise.

Date: June 8, 2024
Price: Aquarium Free Day!
Location: Tidepools Aquarium

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