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K-12 Class Field Trips at VIU's Deep Bay Marine Field Station!

Educate by the seashore, dive into the touch tanks, and have fun on a school class field trip at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

Our outstanding hands‐on programs incorporate a series of engaging and age appropriate activities that aim to inspire curiosity and increase understanding of our oceans. Classes are taught in the facility’s classroom by passionate science educators and volunteers. Many programs are available year‐round but some outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions and tides. Programs are designed to meet the new BC curriculum learning outcomes and can be customized to meet the goals and interests of each group.


Who can book a fieldtrip?

Our field trips are intended for school classes but speak with us if you have a group that is interested in a field trip and we will work with you to book something special.

How much does it cost?

Starting in January 2024, our hourly rate for educational programming will be adjusted to $125 per hour, up from $100 per hour. Each program costs $125/hour for up to 30 students, and we continue to book one program per class at a time due to facility and staff limitations (some exceptions apply). 

If program costs pose a barrier, please don't hesitate to contact us at

To learn more about this rate change, read more about it here. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

How long is each program?

  • Indoor Programs are generally 60 minutes long
  • Field School Programs are 90 to 120 minutes long

We are happy to tailor program length to your classes needs. Please speak with us to customize your experience.

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We would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, the traditional territories of the Qualicum and K’omoks First Nations. We are fortunate to work, research, and share knowledge here.