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clownRipley’s Aquarium of Canada is an unforgettable learning destination for children, youth and adults. Our mission is to provide a top quality,world class aquatic life facility that will foster environmental education,conservation, and research, while simultaneously providing entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the first and only aquatic facility of its kind in Ontario. As such, we intend to provide students and guests of all ages with a wide selection of quality environmental education programs that will enhance their visit experience.

Our suite of school programs offers a range of interactive and exciting options that are designed to meet Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum standards and provide participants with a deeper understanding of the aquatic world and the importance of environmental protection and conservation.

Thank you for choosing Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada as a destination for your students.


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Plan Your Trip

Request Your Date:

The Aquarium has limited capacity, particularly for our school workshops. Please have second and third date choices selected as schools are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Choose Your Option:

A self-guided visit gives you access to the Aquarium for the day, including dive shows, touch tanks and the Discovery Centre.

The Aquarium also offers curriculum-connected programs taught in a classrooms as well as out in the Aquarium in addition to a self-guided visit. See our classroom workshop descriptions below.

Classroom workshops are Sold Out until June 26, 2015. Self guided trips still available most days.

Classroom Workshops are linked to Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and include one or more hands-on activities or experiments and a component of conservation and environmental awareness. Classroom Workshops are 45-50 minutes in duration. Please note, each classroom can accommodate a maximum of 30 students (plus accompanying adults).

Tank Talk Programs take place on the floor of the Aquarium at a specified tank. An Educator will facilitate a discussion about the tank and the animals that inhabit it, coach students in a guided observation, and lead a short educational game or activity. Tank Talk Programs are 25-30 minutes in duration.

Due to space constraints, students may only participate in one program per visit (i.e. one Classroom Workshop OR one Gallery Program per student).

OptionSelf-GuidedAdd Classroom WorkshopAdd Tank Talk Program
LocationWhole AquariumAquarium classroomFeature tank*
LengthSuggested time 2 hours45-50 minutes5-30 minutes
Maximum students per session25030Flexible (35)
StyleSelf-explorationPresentation, Hands-on activitiesPresentation, Artifacts
Price per student$10 + HSTAdd $4 + HSTAdd $2 + HST

Plan your arrival and departure:

The Aquarium opens at 9:00am. Your program times will be scheduled based on the arrival and departure times you indicate, so please try to be as realistic as possible allowing for travel time and traffic.

Organizing Adult Supervisors:

The Aquarium requires the following ratio of adult supervisors to students:

  • JK to Grade 3 (Primary) 1:4
  • Grade 4-6 (Junior) 1:6
  • Grade 7-9 (Intermediate) 1:8
  • Grade 10-12 (Senior) 1:15

Supervisors are required to actively engage with their students at all times and are solely responsible for managing student behavior. Adults within the above noted ratios are free of charge, additional adults $25.48 plus tax (15% discount off regular admission, when added to your school reservation)

Admission fees are waived for a support person accompanying a student with a disability.

Pricing:

Visit optionsPrice per studentPrice per adult
Aquarium Galleries only (Self-Guided)$10 + HSTFree within ratio
Aquarium + Tank Talk ProgramAdd $2 + HSTFree within ratio
Aquarium + Classroom WorkshopAdd $4 + HSTFree within ratio
Extra adults $25.48*

Supervision ratios:

  • JK to Grade 3 (Primary) 1:4
  • Grade 4-6 (Junior) 1:6
  • Grade 7-9 (Intermediate) 1:8
  • Grade 10-12 (Senior) 1:15

*Prices are subject to 13% HST. Programs, prices and policies are subject to change without notice. School Group rates are already discounted, no additional coupons, passes or membership discounts apply. Adults within the above noted ratios are free of charge, additional adults $25.48 (15% discount off regular admission, when added to your school reservation). Sue to space constraints, students may only participate in one program per visit (i.e. one Classroom Workshop OR Gallery Program per student). Minimum group size to qualify to School Group rates: 10 students. 10 student exceptions for special needs students.

 

Requesting Your Visit:

Complete this online request form OR download the printable form , then email to education@ripleysaquariumofcanada.com or fax 647-435-1034

Please note: submitting an online request ensures that all of the required information is accurately communicated to the Aquarium as it is inputted directly by you. However, if you are having difficulty using the online form please call 647-351-3474 ex 2648 for assistance. We do not take bookings over the phone.

Consider an afternoon* visit with your school group!
We are now at capacity for morning field trip visits to the Aquarium for the remainder of the school year. Bookings for the 2015/16 school year will open mid-June.

*Must arrive at the Aquarium after 2pm

School Information

Contact Information

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Group Information

Date of Visit

Visit & Program Information

Confirming Your Visit:

Please note that reservations are based on a first come, first serve basis. Submitting this form does not guarantee a reservation. We will follow up soon to confirm dates based on availability.

If you haven’t heard from the Aquarium within 4 weeks of sending in your workshop request, please contact our Education Department at 647-351-3474 or education@ripleysaquariumofcanada.com.

Payment:

Full payment of the amount shown on your confirmation is due upon arrival on the day of your visit. Price adjustments will be made up to 48 hours in advance of your trip. We accept Visa, MasterCard and school cheques payable to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. We cannot invoice schools.

No refunds for overpayment will be made. No additional coupons, passes or annual pass discounts apply. Date modifications are subject to availability.

Cancellation Policy:

Please not that in the event of bad weather if your trip must be cancelled, we will try to reschedule your trip, subject to available dates.


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Classroom Workshops are linked to Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and include one or more hands-on activities or experiments and a component of conservation and environmental awareness. Classroom Workshops are 45-50 minutes in duration. Please note, each classroom can accommodate a maximum of 30 students (plus accompanying adults).

Tank Talk Programs take place on the floor of the Aquarium at a specified tank. An Educator will facilitate a discussion about the tank and the animals that inhabit it, coach students in a guided observation, and lead a short educational game or activity. Tank Talk Programs are 25-30 minutes in duration.

Click on the toggle for Classroom Workshop Program specifics.

Consider an afternoon* visit with your school group!
We are now at capacity for morning field trip visits to the Aquarium for the remainder of the school year. Bookings for the 2015/16 school year will open mid-June.

*Must arrive at the Aquarium after 2pm

 

Classroom Workshops

All of our Classroom workshops are linked to Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and include one or more hands-on activities or experiments and a component of conservation and environmental awareness. Classroom Workshops are 45-50 minutes in duration.

Kindergarten:Sensational Sharks

Discover the fascinating world of sharks! Big, small, and even vegetarian, sharks are a very diverse group. Examine shark teeth and a jaw, smell like a shark and appreciate how misunderstood they are. Make you own mini-shark to take home.

Best for Kindergarten

Also good for Grade 1

Grade 1: My Own Aquarium

Learn about what animals need to survive and explore the characteristics of an ideal fish habitat, using a home aquarium as a model. Apply this knowledge to craft your own 3D aquarium to take home.

Best for Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things.

Also good for Kindergarten, Grade 2

Grade 2: Creatures Undercover

Discover the amazing diversity of body coverings of animals that live in aquatic ecosystems. Touch real samples and investigate the advantages for each creature’s survival.

Best for Grade 2: Growth and Change in Animals.

Also good for Grade 1

Grade 3: Amazing Algae & Other Aquatic Plants

Plants can grow underwater! Delve in to the amazing world of algae and uncover the vital role it plays in aquatic environments. Discover how we use algae in our lives every day.

Best for Grade 3: Plants

Grade 4: Watery Web

Investigate the components of an aquatic food web using the diverse faunae of Toronto’s blue backyard – Lake Ontario! Find out about the variety of life living there and how they depend on each other, and we depend on them.

Best for Grade 4: Habitats and Communities

Grade 5: Deep Sea Divers

Why can’t humans survive underwater? Compare humans, marine mammal and fish anatomy and explore the equipment needed for people to “swim like a fish.”

Best for Grade 5: Human Organ Systems

Grade 6: Lake Invaders

Biodiversity is key to a healthy ecosystem. Dive in to the Great Lakes and determine how invasive species are introduced into our environments and the devastating effect they can have.

Best for Grade 6: Biodiversity

Grades 6-8: Great Plankton Challenge

Learn about the amazing diversity of plankton in the ocean and the essential role it plays. Find out about the unique challenges these tiny plants and animals face to maintain their position in the water and then try your hand at designing your own perfect plankton!

Best for Grade 6 Biodiversity, Grade 7 Interactions of Environment, Grade 8 Cells

Grade 7: Pollution Solution

Explore the effects of environmental disasters on marine ecosystems through a simulated oil spill. Evaluate the efficiency of different cleanup methods; predict the effects of an oil spill on a marine environment; and identify the resulting issues for society. Find the best possible solution for the pollution.

Best for Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment.

Grade 8: What’s in the Water?

The chemistry of water is vital to the health of our fish. Discover the steps we at the Aquarium take every day to provide our animals with a clean and healthy environment. Analyze water samples from our tanks to check for nitrates, pH, temperature, salinity, ammonia and more.

Best for Grade 8: Water Systems

Grade 9: Stream Science

Working with household materials to represent benthic macroinvertebrates, sample a stream and assess its health. Compare results from different streams to assess the impact of human activity.

Grade 9: Sustainable Ecosystems

Grade 9 and 10: Up-cycled Art

Appreciate the work of local and international artists who turn garbage in to art. Understand the devastating impact plastic and other trash can have in freshwater and marine environments, and then use your artistic ability to create art with a message.

Grade 9 and 10: Visual Art

Grade 11 and 12: Aquarium Careers

From animal care, to education, to water chemistry, discover this dynamic field by exploring a variety of careers in Marine Science. Get inspired about the variety of fascinating jobs at an Aquarium and perhaps even find your niche.