Sea critters visit Okanagan museum

The Vancouver Aquarium will be bring sea creatures to the Okanagan Heritage Museum, April 8

Okanagan residents are getting their hands on some sea critters.

The Vancouver Aquarium is travelling across Canada with a horde of sea urchins, sea cucumbers and more for Canada’s 150.

They’ll be making a stop at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, Saturday, April 8 so Kelowna locals can get their hands inside their “van.”

“The curriculum-based programming will cover topics including local history, connections to First Nations and regional environmental issues, all while interacting with unique sea life from B.C.’s coastal waters,” according to a museum release. “Sea stars, urchins, sea anemones, crabs and sea cucumbers are among the curious Pacific coast creatures that will make their way from coast to coast between now and October, engaging people of all ages at the 150 stops it will make.”

The exhibits will be set up in the museum.

“They had actually approached us and we were so happy that they could stop here, it was a no-brainer because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said museum education and programming coordinator Jen Garner.

The event will also have a shoreline cleanup, where members of the museum will supply the public with bags and gloves to clean up the downtown beaches.

The AquaVan will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the shoreline cleanup from 2 to 3 p.m.

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