ETHOS Live Lab brings interactive fun for the whole family to the MAC in August!

The MAC is really proud to present our summer educational activities as part of the Soft Shore: where land and water meet art installation. We’ve partnered with amazing local environmental groups to bring hands on, interactive activities to explore our beautiful Oceanside coastline. ETHOS also presents vital information about ongoing local community projects to protect our ocean ecosystems!

ETHOS Live Lab

Check out the Marine Critters Touch Tank* and marvel at the creatures in the Microscope Lab. Can you tell the difference between Coho and Chinook Salmon Fry? What’s a caddisfly? Learn about and identify live creatures in the Salmon Fry and Pond Critters Aquariums! Join our Scavenger Hunt and win prizes! Add your voice to the Arrowview Elementary School student art display, Netted Gartbage, with beach debris from our local coastline and tell us what you can do to protect our nearshore areas. ETHOS is free and open throughout the month of August as part of the Soft Shore: Where Land And Water Meet interactive art installation at the MAC.

*Touch Tank Aug 24th only.

Presenters: Department of Fisheries and Oceans Pacific Region, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region and Research Institute, VIU Deep Bay Marine Station, Mount Arrowsmith Elementary School student ocean stewards.


Coastal Stewards Youth Workshop

This FREE workshop for young coastal stewards will explore the connection between humans and aquatic ecosystems. Topics covered include the role of local watersheds, local water pollution, biodiversity, marine food webs, and human impacts in the MABR. The workshop includes a presentation and classroom activities that teach youth about marine food webs and water pollution. Instructor: Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute.

Dates: Wed August 7, August 14 or August 21.

Time: 1-2:30 pm .

Ages 8-12, students under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

FREE but pre-registration required. 

Register online here, or at the MAC Office (250-248-8185)


Beach Walk and Seining

This FREE activity is perfect for residents and visitors to our Oceanside area. Come on out and join the fun, learn to identify the different species collected and then released during our beach walk and seining program. We’ll start at the MAC with a classroom activity then a short walk to Parksville Beach where you’ll help with the collection of unique species of ocean wildlife. This bioinventory connects us to the remarkable diversity of plants and animals who share our Oceanside region. You might see Pipefish, Staghorn and Buffalo Sculpin, juvenile Flatfish, Midshipmen, Kelp Crab, Kelp Greenling, Sandlance, Shiner Perch, Ghost Shrimp, and even some of what we were looking for – salmon smolts – and more! Seining Instructor: Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society. Beach Walk Instructor: Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute. Tide dependent, so please choose from these dates and times:

Tues Aug 6 1:00-3:00 pm, or Tues Aug 13 10am-noon, or Tues Aug 20 1:00-3:00 pm. 

Meet at the McMillan Arts Centre, then a short walk to Parksville Beach. 

All ages, families welcome! 

FREE but pre-registration required.

Register online here, or at the MAC Office (250-248-8185)




Cristina Mittermeier Photography