Education & Awareness

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Real world activities

  

The Two Oceans Aquarium is open to the public again, however large groups are not allowed yet. Due to this we cannot resume our school group and on-site course activities yet, but have a look at our incredible online offering and joining our Foundation Crew.

Discovery Centre and Aquarium visit

School group visits are an exciting part of our day, as our environmental educators get to share their vast knowledge with eager young minds. School groups, from grades 1 to 12, can visit our Discovery Centres for a lesson. We have two Discovery Centres, with live animals that add to the lesson content delivered by our teachers. Our lessons are complementary to the national CAPS curriculum, so a visit to the Aquarium is guaranteed to assist teachers with their work at school. Once the lesson is done, school groups can enjoy a self-guided walk through the Two Oceans Aquarium and view its many beautiful exhibits.

VIEW DETAILED INFORMATION

Our partner, the Two Oceans Aquarium, has more than 8000 animals in its exhibits, all available to be viewed during a school group visit. Your visit can be self-guided only, however we prefer school groups to include a visit to one of our Discovery Centres, where our qualified marine educators can teach about several topics relating to the ocean. All of our lesson content is CAPS aligned and should assist school teachers with their daily curriculum work. You can find a full list of lessons here

How your visit will be structured:

  1. Arrival at the Two Oceans Aquarium main entrance
  2. Our school group coordinator will meet your group at the entrance
  3. Children and adults in your group are counted for final payment
  4. Our school group coordinator will take the outing coordinator of your group to the ticket office for final payment
  5. Depending on the time of your lesson, you will either enter the Aquarium first and do your self-guided tour or head straight to the Discover Centre

     

    • For self-guided tour:
      1. Your group will be divided into smaller groups of children who must be accompanied by an adult at all times
      2. A tour through the Aquarium takes around one hour
      3. Any meals and snacks are not allowed inside the Aquarium – these should be eaten outside
      4. The school group coordinator will agree on a time with the outing coordinator of your group when to meet back at the entrance for your lesson
    • For Discovery Centre lesson:
      1. Our school group coordinator will accompany your group to our Discovery Centre for your lesson
      2. One of our teachers will greet you at the door of the Discovery Centre and teach the lesson you have booked
      3. Once the lesson is complete, our teacher will show your group into the Aquarium so that you can do your self-guided tour

During your visit at the Two Oceans Aquarium, we would like you to adhere to certain rules. These will be given to the children by our school group coordinator before you enter the Aquarium.

  1. Running, shouting and general misbehaviour is not permitted
  2. Food, beverages and chewing gum may not be consumed/chewed inside the Aquarium.
  3. Accompanying adults are there to assist with guiding the children through the Aquarium.
  4. The Aquarium Foundation and the Aquarium retain the right to ask any groups contravening with these rules to leave the premises.
  5. No food storage facilities are available.

We look forward to welcoming your school for a visit and an experience in one of our Discovery Centres.

School Puppet Show and Aquarium visit

For our youngest visitors, we have a special team to meet. Geo, Thalie, Sally the Seal, Bruce the Shark and many more fun characters feature in our environmental puppet shows. We have a dedicated Children’s Playcentre in the Two Oceans Aquarium, where child groups can go and watch a puppet show booked just for them. These puppet shows are suited for children between the ages of 3 and 9 years. We have several puppet shows to choose from, and corresponding books are available for purchase, so that you can continue the story back at school. Once the puppet show is done, school groups can enjoy a self-guided walk through the Two Oceans Aquarium and view its many beautiful exhibits.

VIEW DETAILED INFORMATION

Our partner, the Two Oceans Aquarium, has more than 8000 animals in its exhibits, all available to be viewed during a school group visit. Your visit will include an educational puppet show performed by one of our ECD staff. We have six puppet shows to choose from, all with a different environmental message. You can find out more here

How your visit will be structured:

  1. Arrival at the Two Oceans Aquarium main entrance
  2. Our school group coordinator will meet your group at the entrance
  3. Children and adults in your group are counted for final payment
  4. Our school group coordinator will take the outing coordinator of your group to the ticket office for final payment
  5. Depending on the time of your puppet show, you will either enter the Aquarium first and do your self-guided tour or head straight to the play centre for your puppet show

    • For self-guided tour:
      1. Your group will be divided into smaller groups of children who must be accompanied by at least one adult at all times
      2. A tour through the Aquarium takes around one hour
      3. Any meals and snacks are not allowed inside the Aquarium – these should be eaten outside
      4. The school group coordinator will agree on a time with the outing coordinator of your group when to meet back at the entrance for your puppet show
    • For educational puppet show:
      1. Our school group coordinator will accompany your group to the play centre for your puppet show
      2. One of our ECD teachers will greet you at the entrance of the play centre and assist with the seating of the children
      3. Once the puppet show is complete, our teacher will show your group into the Aquarium so that you can do your self-guided tour, or head outside for a snack

During your visit at the Two Oceans Aquarium, we would like you to adhere to certain rules. These will be given to the children by our school group coordinator before you enter the Aquarium.

  1. Running, shouting and general misbehaviour is not permitted
  2. Food, beverages and chewing gum may not be consumed/chewed inside the Aquarium.
  3. Accompanying adults are there to assist with guiding the children through the Aquarium.
  4. The Aquarium Foundation and the Aquarium retain the right to ask any groups contravening with these rules to leave the premises.
  5. No food storage facilities are available.

We look forward to welcoming your school for a visit and to experience one of our educational puppet shows.

ECO Talks

We have a several qualified, and engaging, presenters within our staff compliment, with varying fields of expertise. Most of our staff engage with school children and the public on a daily basis and are very comfortable sharing their knowledge. We are also happy to go offsite to give presentations and spread awareness about our ocean. Topics for presentations include plastic pollution, biomimicry, sustainable seafood and fisheries, seals in the V&A Waterfront harbour, and turtle rehabilitation stories, such as the one about our famous loggerhead, Yoshi. For a fee, you can book one of our presenters to come and give a talk at your office, club, school, or you can request an online webinar.

Outreach: Oceans in Motion

We understand that not all schools have the resources to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, and our Discovery Centres. This is why we have our Oceans in Motion outreach programme, that brings the ocean to those schools and children. Our outreach teacher comes fully equipped, with tables, projector and live animals, to offer an unforgettable lesson to children in grades 4 to 6. All we will need is a classroom, or hall, to set up. For under-resourced schools, our outreach visit is free. We do, however, also offer paid visits to resourced schools.

Outreach: Smart Living

Our second outreach programme focuses on sustainability issues, such as water, waste, energy and biodiversity. Aimed at children in grades 6 and 7, our teacher delivers 45-60-minute lessons by using a hands-on approach to teaching about these topics. Each school term, one of the topics will be a focus, making it possible for a school to cover all four topics in one school year. Our teacher comes fully prepared, with tables, a projector and teaching resources. All we will need is a classroom, or hall, to set up. For under-resourced schools, our outreach visit is free. We do, however, also offer paid visits to resourced schools.

Mobile Puppet Show

The same puppet shows that are on offer to school groups, and the public, at the Two Oceans Aquarium, can be booked to visit your school. For a fee, our team of dedicated ECD teachers will visit your creche, or pre-school, and bring Thalie and all her friends for a visit. Every travelling puppet show visit comes in three parts: A 5 to 10-minute introduction and storytelling, a 15 to 20minute puppet show, and a 20 to 30minute lesson. The story and lessons are designed with young children in mind, and with six possibilities to choose from, there is something to suit every class. Our team will come with a fully kitted puppet booth, including a sound system. All they will need is a space to set up.