Meet the Marine Park is a fully funded 3-day experience for up to 24 young people. Each 3-day experience is jam-packed with activities all around Plymouth Sound.

There are 3 different experiences, each lasting 3 days. Further details of each experience, along with start times are found below:

14th, 15th, 16th September (Wed, Thurs, Fri)

14th September: Aquarium Adventure

Meet our Aquarium biologists and find out how they look after over 5000 animals! Explore behind the scenes and see the top of our Shark Tank, and join a guided tour around the Aquarium lead by a marine biologist. In the afternoon you will create some enrichment for some of our animals, and find out how to get a career in marine biology.

15th September: Ocean Investigations

Take a tour around the Marine Biological Association and meet the scientists dedicated to researching our Ocean and the life it supports. Spend the afternoon exploring the Plymouth Fisheries and meet the team at Sole of Discretion, a community committed to procuring fish and shellfish that have been caught with as little damage to the marine environment as possible. Learn about the life of a fisherman, and try some fresh fish caught locally!

16th September: Explore Drakes Island

Catch the ferry to Drakes Island and snorkel off the island’s beaches! Create some bonfires on the beach and warm up with a hot chocolate with a view, looking back over the city of Plymouth. Join us for a guided tour of the island and explore the underground tunnels!

Special equipment: Warm clothing, waterproofs, swimwear (we can provide wetsuit and snorkel equipment on request).

1st, 8th, 15th October (Saturdays)

1st October: Aquarium Adventure

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Meet our Aquarium biologists and find out how they look after over 5000 animals! Explore behind the scenes and see the top of our Shark Tank, and join a guided tour around the Aquarium lead by a marine biologist. In the afternoon you will create some enrichment for some of our animals, and find out how to get a career in marine biology.

8th October: Ocean Snap Shots

Try your hand at photography on Mount Batten Beach. Tell your Ocean story by curating your own snap shots of your time exploring the National Marine Park. Join us for a rockpool session to find out what lives in our local Ocean, then help us protect their homes with a beach clean.

15th October: Explore Drakes Island

Catch the ferry to Drakes Island and find out what creatures are living in the rockpools! Create some bonfires on the beach and warm up with a hot chocolate with a view, looking back over the city of Plymouth. Join us for a guided tour of the island and explore the underground tunnels!

26th, 27th, 28th October (Wed, Thurs, Fri Half term)

26th October: Aquarium Adventure.

Meet our Aquarium biologists and find out how they look after over 5000 animals! Explore behind the scenes and see the top of our Shark Tank, and join a guided tour around the Aquarium lead by a marine biologist. In the afternoon you will create some enrichment for some of our animals, and find out how to get a career in marine biology.

27th October: Ocean Investigations

Take a tour around the Marine Biological Association and meet the scientists dedicated to researching our Ocean and the life it supports. Spend the afternoon exploring the Plymouth Fisheries and meet the team at Sole of Discretion, a community committed to procuring fish and shellfish that have been caught with as little damage to the marine environment as possible. Learn about the life of a fisherman, and try some fresh fish caught locally!

28th October: Explore Drakes Island

Catch the ferry to Drakes Island and snorkel off the island’s beaches! Create some bonfires on the beach and warm up with a hot chocolate with a view, looking back over the city of Plymouth. Join us for a guided tour of the island and explore the underground tunnels!

To secure your place on the Meet the Marine Park Experience, follow this link:

To find out more email experiences@oceanconservationtrust.org  

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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