VANCOUVER, B.C. – Many residents in Vancouver have fond memories of visiting Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre as a child, because it’s the deep connections we make to aquatic life as children that make us care about our oceans, lakes and rivers. We are working with the Vancouver Park Board to ensure more families and children have that experience. As a community-based cultural institution, Vancouver Aquarium is providing complimentary admission to low-income residents as part of the Vancouver Park Board’s Leisure Access Program starting March 12, 2016.
“As a conservation organization, our aim is to connect as many people as possible to the world of aquatic life to spark curiosity and a lifelong interest in protecting our imperilled oceans,” says Dr. John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre president and CEO. “We hope to engage more and more residents through all our access programs and we’re proud to partner with the Vancouver Park Board on one more way to foster those connections.”
Vancouver Aquarium has long provided support for students in need through its Bennett Bursary Program, an initiative established to increase school access to the facility for conservation engagement and exploration. The Aquarium was also a founding participant in the City of Vancouver’s Inspiration Pass and has provided discounted admission to low-income residents through the Vancouver Park Board’s Leisure Access Program since its inception.
The expansion of the Aquarium’s participation in the Leisure Access Program will provide low-income residents with complimentary access to explore the Aquarium annually. Details on the Leisure Access Program can be found on the Park Board’s website at www.vancouver.ca.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. www.vanaqua.org