As our members know, a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium is a great way to learn about aquatic life, spend time with family or friends and view our beautiful, world-class exhibits. But what if all that awe inspiring aquatic wonder leaves you wanting more?

Membership to the Aquarium is a great way to get access to our exhibits 365 days a year, but it’s also a perfect way to get more involved, take advantage of members-only opportunities and help support our conservation, research and education initiatives. That’s what has  kept some of our members coming back for over 20 years with some families supporting the Aquarium over three generations!

Members only programs at Vancouver Aquarium

Beach walks, just one of the new programs rolled out for members this summer.

We’ve introduced a number of new membership programs over the past few years including Member Appreciation Week, AquaClubs, Members’ Early Opens, Adventure Backpacks and more. What’s the next Members’ Program? You tell us! Let us know what programs you’ve enjoyed and what you’d like to see as our next members-only program. Comment below or contact us at members@vanaqua.org.

Need a few ideas? One example of how we’re connecting with members in the out in the community is through members only beach walks. Last week, Aquarium members took part in our second beach walk, a new perk offered for the first time this summer. Kids and parents alike curiously combed the low tide seaside looking for aquatic creatures. With the help of our education team, members identified kelp, crabs, sea stars, anemones and even some river otters! Activities like these help to showcase the amazing aquatic diversity in our own backyard and provide an unforgettable backdrop to learn how and why it’s so important to protect our amazing shoreline.

While a beach walk can be dependent on the season and the tides, members-only Super Saturday happens every second Saturday of the month, rain or shine. On Super Saturday, we open our doors for members at 8:30 a.m. and offer exclusive programs just for members. Super Saturday programming might include the debut of a new Aquarium interpretive program, a scavenger hunt or a chance to go behind-the-scenes. Still not convinced Super Saturday is worth an early start to your weekend? We have complimentary coffee available from our partner Salt Spring Coffee when you bring a reusable mug.

Vancouver Aquarium Wet Lab

Kids get hands-on learning opportunities in the Vancouver Aquarium Wet Lab

We offer other opportunities for members to take part in fun and educational experiences throughout the year. AquaClubs for kids age 7-11 are returning this fall and don’t miss out on our final Members’ Summer Wet Lab Monday of the year happening August 25 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. (show your membership card at the Wet Lab door for access). If self-directed learning is more your thing, why not check out one of our activity sheets included monthly in our members’ e-newsletter? We are constantly striving to provide more member-only perks and unique opportunities, so please stay tuned or call the membership office at 604.659.3526 for more information.

Not a member? Join today to get access to great opportunities like these, plus other discounts and benefits. And don’t forget to let us know what you’d like to see at our next members-only program!

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