The Lab is open year round and provide a variety of curriculum-based, custom, and community-oriented educational programming. We offer great learning experiences for all ages, the more fun-filled and hands-on the better!The Explorer Lab is a natural extension of the Aquarium’s activities, and is also operated by the Discovery Passage SeaLife Society. It is located in the lower suite of the Maritime Heritage Centre, with its entrance to the left of the ‘lighthouse’.
For details of our curriculum-based programming, click here!
For information on Summer programming, click here!
The Lab’s main space is multi-purpose, and can host anything from an orca skeleton, to microscope workshops, and even birthday parties!
We also have a wet lab, with live critters that help us in our mission to engage folk in learning about the ocean…and thus hopefully helping them to love and protect it.
Of course, we work in conjunction with the Aquarium during its season (May-September). We also work ‘in the field’…or rather on the beach…or down by the estuary…or wherever we find that’s a great place to go and connect with the ocean and it’s inhabitants.
We have plankton nets, dredges, water quality testing gear, microscopes, and much more! Lots of cool ‘sciencey stuff’ to play and learn with…below is a keyhole limpet that decided to spawn in our tank. We grabbed a quick sample of the ‘floaty bits’, and popped them under the microscope…bingo! Eggs and sperm (the limpet is a hermaphrodite) projected onto the big screen for all to awe at. Yeah!