« Dreaming and understanding the sea': This maxim expresses
the Aquarium's intention of helping all its visitors to discover
the beauty of the oceans' depths in order to better protect them.
in one of the 25 scholastic activities offered and led by the educational team
The Aquarium : A precious tool for
exploring, observing and understand
life under the sea.
« Dreaming and understanding the sea': this has been the Aquarium's maxim for over 30 years. These few words summarize the desire to enable all visitors, whether children or adults, who come as a family or a group, to understand the full beauty of the oceans' depths.
The underlying idea is that each person should be aware of the fragility of these riches and the need to preserve them. The Aquarium is therefore naturally oriented toward schools, developing educational activities around the site's visit in order to raise young people’s awareness.
Each year, an average of 13,500 pupils, ranging in age from nursery school to secondary school, come to take part in one of 25 educational workshops. Hands-on workshops offer them the opportunity to understand the marine environment through a scientific approach. They observe, handle, and experiment with themes as varied as sea urchin reproduction, dietary regimes and the physical and chemical properties of the water in an aquarium.
More theoretical lectures provide detailed introductions to certain subjects: humans and the sea, how an aquarium works, classification, reef ecosystems, and more. There are fun and educational workshops for the youngest visitors, who can learn to recognize marine fauna, find out about the work of biologists, discover the defence systems of marine animals, and so on. A true educational plan in line with school curriculum has been set up in order to help classes to work on projects linked to the marine environment, including assistance for teachers, thematic dossiers, supporting documents and more.
To ensure the success of the Aquarium's teaching missions, spaces have been specially designed inside the site.
- A hands-on workshop
- An activities room
- A 50 seat amphitheatre