Nature Club: Marvelous Marine Invertebrates

Giant Pacific octopus; Enteroctopus dofleini. A large octopus in an alcohol-filled specimen jar.

Giant Pacific octopus; Enteroctopus dofleini

Our museum’s Marine Invertebrate collection contains several thousand specimens representing the major lineages of invertebrate animals

As the continued safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our highest priority we are not offering in person tours or activities at this time. The resources below will support your self-led exploration of the collection:

  • This activity invites you to draw and observe marine organisms, then use your own observations and ideas to classify them into small groups based on shared characteristics.
  • Use this Rainbow walk while exploring this collection. Close observation reveals a kaleidoscope of colours!
  • In this video, Dr. Colin MacLeod, Curatorial Assistant for the Marine Invertebrate Collection, explains how, when the university and museum closed, he found a way to continue his research on parasites on marine invertebrates by setting up a mobile lab in his house.
  • We have an online visitor guide and a printable floor plan map to help you find your way around the museum. You could also check out our virtual and audio tours in preparation for your visit.
  • Share your images and biodiversity stories with us here, each month we will highlight some of the contributions at our ONLINE Nature Club session.

Would you like to learn more about marine invertebrates and ask questions of our museum team? Join us online on February 7. 


This self-led exploration of the museum collections is recommended for families with children ages 5-12.

Thanks to our funders we are able to provide complimentary museum admission to campus families on Nature Club weekends. UBC Families can register for this month’s Online Nature Club for your free ticket promocode, other families are welcome to join us by registering in advance, and purchasing a museum admission or using your membership.