The Two Oceans Aquarium’s Environmental Education Centre offers a series of wonderful, free enrichment courses for learners through the Marine Sciences Academy. The Smart Living Course for grade 7s introduces the concept of "sustainability", and participants get to explore this concept through the themes of waste, water, energy and biodiversity.

The Education team is prepared to offer this course in-person, or as a live online course, depending on the school situation at the time. So, don't miss out on this free opportunity!

What is the course about?

The Smart Living Course, which is sponsored by the City of Cape Town, encourages children to start thinking about their impact on the environment and aims to inspire them to take positive action for a sustainable future. Participants will learn about our biodiversity and why it is important, and about how to save water, reduce waste and conserve energy. They’ll also learn about major environmental problems, as well as how to prevent or mitigate them.

In addition to topics around human impacts on the environment and sustainable living in modern society, this free course introduces ecological concepts, marine ecosystems and sustainable use of the ocean as a source of food, energy, minerals, tourism opportunities and recreation.

During the Smart Living course, learners learned about concepts like the "knock-on effect", whereby small changes or damages to one part of nature can have large impacts on other parts of the environment.

How to apply

The Smart Living Course is open to learners who are in Grade 7 in 2020. To apply, please complete this application form. NOTE: Due to the ongoing lockdown, we do not expect applicants to submit a teachers recommendation letter. If you have any queries please email more information.

  • Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 May and 6 June 2020*
  • Application deadline: 8 April 2020
  • Cost: Free
  • *Should the ongoing Covid-19 situation mean that schools are still closed in this period, we will offer the course online. Date may then be adjusted to allow learners to complete the course in the week, instead of on weekends.

Other courses on offer

There are many ways your children can get involved in environmental education opportunities at the Aquarium. Here are a few of the most popular options:

If you would like to make a booking for your class, get involved in one of the above courses or are an adult looking for training opportunities or to take part in our job shadowing programme, please visit our Environmental Education Centre portal for more information and the relevant contact details.

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