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Unforgettable places that will enchant students, combining culture and discovery of nature.

Why is Nausicaá the right choice for your school trip?

Located in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nausicaá is the only marine environment discovery centre of its kind! For more than 30 years, this partner of the French Ministry of Education has hosted schools, and proposed educational activities that are adapted to each age group.

With 58,000 animals and 1,600 species to discover, your students will be captivated by this unique journey inside one of the largest European aquariums. Dedicated to discovering, promoting awareness of and protecting the marine environment, it is primarily a centre for education.

To maximise adaptation to your class of children and their needs, Nausicaá, which has been designated a "Centre of Excellence" by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, has 3 discovery packages for you to choose from:

The self-guided tour, supplemented by educational sheets, lets you develop your own approach, to build and adapt your journey to the depths of the sea more flexibly and to suit your requirements.

The amusing and interactive educational activity, supervised by a scientific mediator, completes the self-guided tour. It is adapted to the academic level of your students. The opportunity to delve deeper into a topic of your choice among the 3 courses proposed:

  • Dynamic ocean course: the cycle of water, climate, energy, pollution, currents…
  • Ocean Culture course: management of marine resources, responsible consumption, sustainable development, citizenship, professional fields…
  • Living Ocean course: Biodiversity, concept of living, classification, reproduction, adaptation, food webs…

The one-hour interactive e-class by videoconference with a scientific mediator on the "climate" theme, which complements the site tour. You will be able to choose between two topics: "Calculating our climate footprint" and "Climate and ocean, let's talk about it" and choose when to do it independently of the actual visit.

Some practical information to make your visit to the National Maritime Centre a success

To make your group's educational excursion easier, Nausicaá has thought of everything: free admission for accompanying persons and bus drivers, free parking, cloakrooms, picnic area and lunch options.

Furthermore, you will not have to wait, a drop-off point and a ticket office ensure a quick start to the visit. And for the classes in a hurry, Nausicaá offers an adapted and shorter itinerary, lasting 1.5 hours instead of 4 hours, so that you don't miss anything of Nausicaá's showpiece areas!

Lastly, for groups of children with disabilities, the Centre National de la Mer offers reduced rates and adapted educational workshops.

What other school activities are available in Boulogne-sur-mer (62)?

The Hauts-de-France region has other exciting adventures in store for you:

Set off to discover the history of the monuments of Boulogne-sur-Mer, for a day, by visiting the medieval crypt with its impressive dimensions, which make it one of the largest crypts in France, and the Notre-Dame basilica.

Lastly, explore the sea in a whole new way by offering the children in your class the joys of a fun day of sand yachting, a must-do activity, in the midst of nature on the beach at Boulogne-sur-mer. The opportunity to explore the vast beaches of the French Opal Coast, only 500 metres from the Centre National de la Mer.