Marine science and sustainability lessons, activities and outreach


The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation offers a wide range of sustainability and  ocean-oriented programmes. Through a variety of marine science, ocean literacy, and sustainability programmes suitable for all ages, we are hoping to nurture an ocean-loving and ocean-literate community for the future wellbeing of all.

Here’s a brief overview of the Foundation’s educational work: 

School programmes

Lessons at the Two Oceans Aquarium – The Two Oceans Aquarium is open to subsidised educational lessons for school groups. You can book a lesson in one of our Discovery Centres, or a puppet show for younger children.

Virtual Lessons – Our teachers have developed different, phase-specific lesson options for Grades 1 to 12. One of our teachers will live stream a lesson to your classroom – perfect for schools beyond Cape Town

Guest teachers – Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you! Schools within Cape Town can invite a Foundation teacher to your school to teach a guest lesson on a grade-appropriated marine science topic.


The Two Oceans Aquarium is well known for offering a wide variety of ad hoc courses for all age groups. These courses are offered both online and in-person at the Aquarium, with sponsored placements being made available wherever possible.

Courses focus on marine science, oceanography, marine biology, sustainability, and love and fascination for ocean life – perfect for all intrepid ocean scientists and sea fans! 

Marine Sciences FET

In partnership with the Department of Basic Education, the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation has

Independent subject – The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation offers a three-year online Marine Sciences curriculum course for children from Grade 10-12. 

Node schools – We support the rollout of Marine Sciences to schools across South Africa. Contact us to find out how your high school can offer this exciting new subject.

Outreach Programmes

Cape Town is a city surrounded by nature, but many children lack the opportunity to experience the natural world, learn about our oceans, and be taught about sustainable lifestyles and careers. Our outreach programmes fill that gap, bringing ocean education to children in under-resourced schools and communities.

Smart Living – The Smart Living outreach programme teaches children about the pillars of sustainability: Biodiversity, energy, water, and waste. 

Oceans In Motion – The Oceans in Motion mobile classroom teaches children about the wonders of the ocean and the animals that live beyond the waves. Children get the unforgettable experience of interacting with live sea stars, sea urchins and sea anemones. 

ECD Lessons – Educational puppet show suitable for Grade R-3 children. This offering is a COVID-safe option, as we visit you. Available to schools in the Greater Cape Town area.