Through coordinated efforts with our non-profit, public benefit partner the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, various marine science, scientific literacy, and sustainability programmes are available for all ages, from children to adults. From job-shadowing and volunteering to exciting online courses the whole family can enjoy, you'll find what you need here.
Book a school group
Getting out of the traditional classroom and visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium is a great way to augment curriculum learning. And our classroom has mini fish tanks built into the desks!
Two classrooms at the Two Oceans Aquarium allow visiting school groups to receive fun, curriculum-relevant and interactive marine science lessons under the supervision of Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation teachers.
Through exciting online courses, marine science has never been more accessible! With live, interactive lessons taught by experienced experts, exciting and informative discoveries await all ages!
Foundation Crew online subscriptions
Puppet shows, fitness exercises, interesting animals, chats with educators and more - the Foundation Crew brings weekly and biweekly family content to your home, with programmes designed for a range of age groups.
Marine Sciences School Curriculum
The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation will be offering a three-year online Marine Sciences courses for Grade 10 learners who would like to study Marine Sciences as their 8th school subject. This will be reflected on their Matric certificate.
If you can't get to the Aquarium, we'll come to you! Lessons from the Oceans In Motion travelling aquarium, puppet shows and more are available for schools and classes of all ages!
Suitable for ages 3 to 9, our very popular environmental educational puppet shows will come to your school. We currently offer six fun-filled, interactive puppet shows: “I Love Turtles”, “Keep the Beach Clean” and “I Live Smart”, in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. The shows are supported by beautifully illustrated books as well as printable activity sheets related to the story.
Marine Sciences Academy
Marine Sciences Academy courses are specially designed programmes to give learners a headstart in future careers in oceanography, conservation, marine biology and other marine science tertiary programmes.
Ocean awareness and education is what we love and strive to do, whether it is teaching one child, a school group or a full audience of adults. With decades of presentation experience, Foundation staff are available to offer interesting talks to large groups.
Due to ongoing public health concerns, job shadowing opportunities are unavailable until further notice.
Looking to pursue a career in marine biology? Follow our aquarists around for a day and see what their job entails.
About the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation
In 2018, the Two Oceans Aquarium founded the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation in an effort to realise our vision of healthy and abundant oceans for life. The Education Foundation is a registered non-profit public benefit organisation, and through it, we are able to reach and have an impact on even more people, communities and habitats with our environmental education, conservation and marine science research programmes.
Supported by the Two Oceans Aquarium and other corporate and community partners, the Education Foundation is involved in a number of marine conservation initiatives, including flagship projects like the Turtle Rescue Programme and the V&A Waterfront's Wildlife Management Programme. These efforts have variously rescued, rehabilitated and released five species of endangered sea turtle, marine mammals, ocean sunfish, sharks and coastal seabirds.
The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation places a strong emphasis on marine science literacy, for the benefit of future generations of South African children, and the ocean at large. Efforts of the Education Foundation in this regard include environmental education outreach programmes, early childhood development lessons, free courses via the Marine Sciences Academy, and thousands of lessons for school learners, subsidised and hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium.
With the establishment of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, the Two Oceans Aquarium has grown its research capacity. The Education Foundation supports various external research projects and has increased its internal research outcomes significantly through strong collaboration with a number of higher education institutions and research organisations.
Both the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation and the Aquarium carry the mandate to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage others to live sustainable lifestyles. To aid in reaching this goal, the Foundation and Aquarium run a number of high profile campaigns emphasising the importance of choosing reusable options over single-use plastics, such as Rethink the Bag or Bin Your Butts.
The Two Oceans Aquarium has a 25-year legacy of inspiring care and passion for ocean conservation, and has established itself as a leader in environmental education, wildlife conservation and research, and marine sciences training. By establishing the registered non-profit public benefit organisation, Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, in 2018, we have taken our next steps to fulfil our mission of inspiring action for the future well-being of the ocean.
The Education Foundation aims to achieve this outcome through far-reaching and inclusive education programmes, rigorous research practices, and dedicated conservation projects – such as rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing distressed sea turtles.
Become a contributor
The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is a registered Public Benefit Organisation operating on a not-for-profit basis
If you'd like to support the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation in its mission, you can find ways to support them here.