The Humpback Comeback Exhibit

The Humpback Comeback Exhibit

Come and learn about the return of these amazing creatures to the Salish Sea and BC waters! Exhibit now on in our Salish Sea Legacy Gallery.

LIFE IN THE DEEP: HYDROTHERMAL VENTS

LIFE IN THE DEEP: HYDROTHERMAL VENTS

We’re telling the story of these hydrothermal vents with a new model on loan from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and Ocean Networks Canada. Based on actual survey data, this large-scale 3D model comes courtesy of 3D Custom Foam Inc., the same people who work on Hollywood movies. The scale model depicts Mothra, one of the five vent fields at the site located on the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Accompany video on display. For more info: https://www.aquablog.ca/2015/10/life-in-the-deep-hydrothermal-vents/

Tot Tuesday—Killer Whale Crazy!

Tot Tuesday—Killer Whale Crazy!

Bring your preschooler to the Centre for a morning of fun! Parents and preschoolers are invited to join our Educators on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am for special ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities. This week's theme is Killer Whale Crazy!

Floating Ideas Lecture — COMPETITION OR COOPERATION? PLANTS, FUNGI AND  LICHENS OF THE SALISH SEA BIOREGION

Floating Ideas Lecture — COMPETITION OR COOPERATION? PLANTS, FUNGI AND LICHENS OF THE SALISH SEA BIOREGION

Certainly some plants and fungi in the Salish Sea Bioregion compete for limited resources such as moisture, nutrients and light. But cooperation, not competition, is critical for the survival and success of many of our terrestrial lichens, plants and fungi. See how these organisms work together cooperatively in our Biogregion.

Doors open at 6:30.

Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist. For three decades, he worked for the BC Forest Service where he was responsible for ecosystem classification and mapping and a program of forest ecology research focused on old growth structure and composition, effects of climate change, and BC’s native plants and fungi. Andy is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Simon Fraser University in 2013.

Sea Shirt Sunday—Holiday Edition!

Sea Shirt Sunday—Holiday Edition!

Create gifts or gift wrap using the Japanese art technique of gyotaku. Fish print shirts, cloth bags or cuts of fabric to use as a green alternative to wrapping paper. Shirts and cloth bags available for purchase.

Details:

  • Sea-Shirt Sundays runs the first Sunday of every month
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • No registration required
  • Standard admission rates apply
  • Annual Passes accepted
  • $2 fee for fabric paint
Tot Tuesday—Super Sharks!

Tot Tuesday—Super Sharks!

Bring your preschooler to the Centre for a morning of fun! Parents and preschoolers are invited to join our Educators on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am for special ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities. This week's theme is Super Sharks!

Floating Ideas Lecture — Ocean Networks Canada: Where High-tech Meets the Deep Sea

Floating Ideas Lecture — Ocean Networks Canada: Where High-tech Meets the Deep Sea

Cabled ocean observatories permit us to extend our senses beneath the waves to make new discoveries with data collected by scientific instruments from the coast to the abyss. Despite covering more than 70% of the planet and having some of the world's tallest mountains and deepest valleys, the ocean is largely unexplored and still holds many secrets to fully understanding our planet. How can we measure the changing thickness and extent of sea-ice in the Arctic? How do scientists quantify emissions from hydrothermal vents at the mid-ocean ridge? What allows us to deploy these sensors in the extreme environment of the deep ocean? Technology allows for exploration and  aids in answering these questions.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Dr. Maia Hoeberechts started her early career dreaming about robots, playing with a soldering iron, and programming games on her first computer. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Western University and is the Associate Director, User Services at Ocean Networks Canada. Together with her team, she works to make big data from the ocean accessible to scientists, educators, and community members around the world.

Tot Tuesday—Antarctic Adventure!

Tot Tuesday—Antarctic Adventure!

Bring your preschooler to the Centre for a morning of fun! Parents and preschoolers are invited to join our Educators on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am for special ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities. This week's theme is Antarctic Adventure (New theme!).

Senior Sessions: Cetaceans of the Salish Sea

Senior Sessions: Cetaceans of the Salish Sea


Cetaceans: whales, dolphins and porpoises. Learn about the evolution, life history and stories of interactions with cetaceans of the Salish Sea. The main focus of this presentation will be on humpback whales and killer whales. 

by Sydney McCabe, Senior Marine Biologist with Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours.

Adult learners and seniors are invited to this monthly talk and tea. 

  • Refreshments served
  • No registration required
  • Regular admission applies; annual passes and memberships accepted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Special rates available for groups of 12 or more booked in advance; call for more information

 

 

Floating Ideas Lecture—The Ebb and Flow of Indigenous Tidal Pulse Fisheries  in British Columbia

Floating Ideas Lecture—The Ebb and Flow of Indigenous Tidal Pulse Fisheries in British Columbia

This is the story of a monumental stone and wood fish trap on the Central Coast of British Columbia. For hundreds of years the Heiltsuk peoples at the ancestral village of Hauyat used and maintained this trap to catch fish. Recent archaeological and ethnoecological work tells us a great deal about how and when this specific trap was built and used, and also how this place fits into a coast-wide sustainable and selective fishery practiced over thousands of years.

Dr. Darcy Mathews is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He is an Archaeologist and Ethnoecologist interested in the deep history of intertidal and land-based resource management practiced by the indigenous peoples of British Columbia. In addition to his Central Coast work, Darcy is currently working with the Songhees Nation on a long-term research project on Chatham and Discovery Islands.

Doors open: 6:30

Regular admission applies. Free to Members and Annual Pass holders.

No Senior Sessions due to annual closure

No Senior Sessions due to annual closure

Due to our annual closure for maintenance there will not be a January Senior Session.

Mark your calendars for its return on February 15!

Adult learners and seniors are invited to this monthly talk and tea. 

  • Refreshments served
  • No registration required
  • Regular admission applies; annual passes and memberships accepted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Special rates available for groups of 12 or more booked in advance; call for more information

 

 

Senior Sessions

Senior Sessions

Adult learners and seniors are invited to this monthly talk and tea. 

  • Refreshments served
  • No registration required
  • Regular admission applies; annual passes and memberships accepted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Special rates available for groups of 12 or more booked in advance; call for more information