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Youth Programs

The Aquatic Biosphere is passionate about education and supporting the development of our youth, students and recent graduates. The Project works with a number of community based internship and engaged learning experiences to offer opportunities of skills development, leadership and work experiences.

The Aquatic Biosphere works in collaboration with post-secondary institutes to offer real-time projects to students as part of class studies, or as volunteer credit options. The Project has worked with:

MacEwan University - as a Community Partner we have:

  • supported undergraduate research studies in the Department of Biological Sciences; 

  • with the School of Business we have worked with student groups for project based studies;

  • with student groups we have engaged specific project talent to develop applications and designs.


University of Alberta - as a community partner we have mentored students under the Non-Profit Board Student Internship (NPBI) program, where students actively participate in non-profit Boards for the school term. Mentored by a sitting Board member, the participants are able to see what it's like to be on a Board and provide a presentation at year end.


Volunteer Alberta -  we are a partner in the Youth at the Table program, a chance for youth to participate as an active Board Member of a non-profit. Similar to the UofA's program, this one is open to any youth interested in gaining experience in Board work.

For any post-secondary institution interested in having their students engage with opportunities in a unique project development, where their contributions are incorporated into the creation of this facility, please reach out to the Aquatic Biosphere Project. Community development that enhances and supports youth learning and engagement is an important part of the educational mission of the organization.

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MacEwan University: Design Students Organization

This student group created a functional initial design for 'The Minnow', a trailer converted into a mobile exhibit and field station.

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MacEwan Department of Biological Sciences

Over several summers, 4th Year students interested in field research were given access to the Aquatic Biosphere's underwater drone to support their study of invasive fish species in local waterways. The drone images captured images of suspected goldfish but the program was suspended during the pandemic. We look forward to re-engaging in this study soon to continue the discovery and understand its impact.

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MacEwan University School of Business

Students from marketing and organizational business have worked on market research and development as part of their class project assignments. These studies have been used within project presentations to supporters, grants and other funders as part of the market research being done for the Aquatic Biosphere. 

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University of Alberta NPBI Program

Students join the Aquarium Society Board for the academic year to develop leadership and decision-making skills, to learn how boards operate and get engaged in community affairs. These students are highly engaged and focused, contributing valuable insights and ideas while navigating new experiences. The Society supports a singular project that they focus on during the term, and they are provided opportunities to experience the different roles required on a Board.

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Volunteer Alberta Youth at the Table

Volunteer Alberta and the Aquarium Society of Alberta have partnered together since 2019. The program brings non-profits and youth together to give interested young leaders the experience of sitting on an actual Board of Directors, to learn the roles and responsibilities and to complete a leadership project by the end of the program. The participants are highly motivated and the Society has been pleased to include them at the Board level and mentor them through a variety of projects, according to interests and skills.

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