Sea Smart's Explore the Shore Challenge | Kids Out and About Vancouver

Sea Smart's Explore the Shore Challenge

*The event has already taken place on this date: Thu, 09/30/2021
Sea Smart's Explore the Shore Challenge is the perfect adventure to get outdoors with your loved ones while exploring our local beaches and supporting ocean conservation! Vancouverites can discover new outdoor locations with these 30 ocean-friendly challenges. Spend time together outside, discover local beaches, support ocean conservation, and enter to win amazing prizes! Each challenge takes between 5-45 minutes and can be done at any beach for kids aged 3 - 99! Everyone is welcome to join. Start earning badges with your family by going outside, discovering local beaches, learning, and getting excited about protecting our oceans!

Please help us keep this calendar up to date! If this activity is sold out, canceled, or otherwise needs alteration, email so we can update it immediately.

What do I get?

An Explore the Shore Challenge downloadable and printable package that includes:

  • 30 general challenges and 10 location-specific bonus challenges

  • Printable badges for each challenge you complete

  • A Sea Smart guide to explore Acadia Beach and discover what critters are hiding in the rocks! This guide is full of interesting facts, species identification tips, and ocean-friendly actions

Plus automatic entry for the chance to win a prize!


You have until September 30th, 2021 for the chance to win a prize. Registration in Explore the Shore gives you one entry to win a prize and each completed challenge gives you additional entries! Record your completed challenges by posting or messaging @seasmartschool on social media using #ExploreSeaSmart.

It's simple!

Step 1: Register for Explore the Shore & download the package

Step 2: Complete challenges at your own pace. To increase your chances of winning prizes, share your explorations on social media and tag or DM us @seasmartschool with #ExploreSeaSmart.

Step 3: Safely enjoy the summer in Vancouver while having a fun time exploring the outdoors with your loved ones!


Example Challenges

Star Seeker - Find and photo document a sea star. Hint: You'll find sea stars hiding among the rocks at low tide. Use #ExploreSeaSmart when posting your photo on social media!

Litter Getter - Bring a bucket or a bag to the beach and pick up all the litter you can find. Extra kudos if you separate the litter into landfill, recycling, and compost and dispose of it properly!

Sun Up - Get up before the sun rises and head down to the beach if you can. Watch the sky brighten and the animals wake up. Then, talk about your favourite part about this time of day.

Bonus Challenge - Ambleside Explorer

Ambleside Park is the best place for a date, with little treasures lying in wait.
Start at the circle where boards go around, wheels go down, and scrapes can be found.
Make your way towards where sailboats sleep, tight in a heap, dreaming of the deep.
Halfway there you will get to a place, with a smile on your face, watch the little ones race.
Come aboard for a grand adventure! Where will you sail to find more treasure?
Look port side and what do you see? Critters on the edge of the sea. Less than 10 but more than three - tell us the count and you’ll be free!


I'm ready! How much is it?

It’s $20, with all proceeds supporting ocean education through Sea Smart’s bursary program. Sign up by clicking on the button below and you will be sent the Explore the Shore Challenge pack!

If cost is a barrier to participation, we are happy to offer free access. Please email

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


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