Vancouver Aquarium’s mobile education program AquaVan, presented by BC Hydro and BG Group, is excited to join this weekend’s festivities at Celebrate! Stanley Park to commemorate the Aquarium’s shared history and legacy with Stanley Park.

On August 24 and 25, AquaVan will be at Lumberman’s Arch (behind the family stage) from 1-6 p.m., providing up close and personal encounters with a variety of live marine invertebrates, including live sea stars, crabs, anemones, and sea urchins, as part of the program’s mission to educate the public on aquatic conservation.

The presence of the Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan will be part of events celebrating the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park, Vancouver’s oldest and largest park, which has been home to the Aquarium since its inception in 1956. Nestled amongst the park’s lush West Coast rainforest environment, the Park celebrates 125 years of providing an oasis within Vancouver’s busy and urban landscape.

Since Vancouver Aquarium’s opening in 1956, when it officially became Canada’s first public aquarium, the organization has developed a reputation as one of the leading aquariums in the world, dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. From a 9,000 square foot facility in Stanley Park, with seven employees on opening day in 1956 (five more had to be hired the day after the opening to cope with the crowds), the Vancouver Aquarium has grown to over 100,000 square feet, over 400 employees, and more than 1,000 volunteers.

AquaVan is one of many educational programs offered by the Aquarium since it began delivering education programs in 1965. For more information on AquaVan, or to arrange a visit to a school or community event, click here. AquaVan is currently booking tours in northern B.C. for the month of September 2013.

 

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