Since 1988, the Ocean Sciences Centre has organized and played a continuous role in public awareness in marine sciences through public and marine science programs. The current public education program is a complimentary interactive and interpretive outdoors activity for tourists, school children and local visitors. Features of the program include an outdoor touch tank where visitors can experience a never-ending variety of local marine life; an outdoor observation platform for viewing our captive population of harp seals, and marine interpreters (MUN summer students) to answer questions and explain current research initiatives at the facility. The program operates seven days a week from June 1st to Labour Day weekend.
The Ocean Sciences Centre Public Education Program has also been directly involved in marine science programs offered to high school students within Canada. Since 2003, the OSC has played an important role in Shad Valley Memorial, which hosts 50 of the brightest and most enterprising senior high school students from across the country. As part of their program at Memorial, the students were given the opportunity to spend a day exploring the Ocean Sciences Centre and learning about current research initiatives in the areas of oceanography, fish physiology, evolutionary ecology, aquaculture and biotechnology.