Off-site programs

Early childhood outreach

Our classroom-based outreach programs will come to your Pre-K center! For students ages 3–5.

Ocean animals

What is an animal without a backbone? Learn about some of our Puget Sound invertebrates such as squid, mussels and sea stars. Games, puppets, songs and discussions help students explore the names, locomotion and habitats of these animals.


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Seals, whales and otters

What makes a whale a marine mammal? Explore the characteristics of marine mammals with hands-on opportunities to handle pelts, bones, teeth and baleen. Other activities include making marine mammal rubbings and creative dramatics.


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Fun with fishes

Learn about Northwest fishes and sharks, including the elusive sixgill sharks of Puget Sound, using real skeletons and teeth. Activities include fish rubbings, storytelling and other fishy fun!


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Seattle Aquarium beach field lab

Early childhood beach orientation
(ages 3–5)

An Aquarium staff person will visit your classroom to help your students learn about some of our Puget Sound tide pool animals like sea stars, mussels and barnacles through games, puppets and songs. Students will also learn how to be kind visitors in these animals’ homes along our local beaches whether they visit with their family or their class. This program can be booked on its own or along with an early childhood beach field lab.


Early childhood beach field lab (ages 3–5)

Available April–August 2016, depending on tides.

An Aquarium staff member will meet your class at the beach to guide exploration and discovery of the amazing creatures uncovered at local beaches during low tide. Field guides and other exploration tools will be provided. This program can be booked on its own or in combination with the Early Childhood Beach Orientation to prepare your students for a deeper engagement on their trip to the beach. Bus transportation is not included.

Select beaches are available based on your school's location. Orientation can be scheduled at your convenience. The field program is restricted to select dates and times due to low tide availability. If you’re visiting the beach on your own, check out these tips before you go.


Fees

Orientation only: 45-minute program; $120 per program, $80 per additional consecutive program on the same day.
Field lab only: One hour; $160 per program, no additional discount.
Orientation and field lab: $250; $175 for each program on the same day when the orientation programs are booked consecutively.
Scholarships available for qualifying groups.
Group size: 28 students per program. Total number of students may be limited by the field location.


Seattle Aquarium beach field lab

Available April–June 2016, depending on tides.

Spring is a great time to explore our local beaches and what better way to do it than with a naturalist from the Seattle Aquarium? You can choose from a beach orientation in your classroom, a guided field program on a beach, or both. The orientation provides you and your students with the information needed for a successful beach trip. The field program offers the opportunity to explore a local beach while discovering and learning about the sea life revealed at low tide.

Select beaches are available based on your school's location. Orientation can be scheduled at your convenience. The field program is restricted to select dates and times due to low tide availability.

If you’re visiting the beach on your own, check out these tips before you go.


For kindergarten

Fees: $120 for beach orientation in your classroom; $160 for a guided field program with an Aquarium naturalist on the beach, or both for $250. Discounted rates available for each additional program on the same day when the programs are booked consecutively.
Group size: 28 students per program. Total number of students may be limited by the field location.


For grades 1-6

Fees: $160 for beach orientation in your classroom; $240 for a guided field program with an Aquarium naturalist on the beach, or both for $350. Discounted rates available for each additional program on the same day when the programs are booked consecutively.
Group size: 32 students per program. Total number of students may be limited by the field location.

Beach field lab registration

Registration opens January 1, 2016.

Program fees and length

Program length: 45 minutes

Fees: $120 per program; $80 per additional program on the same day. Maximum of four programs per day.
Fees include up to 50 miles travel (one way). Additional fees will be applied for longer distances and/or ferry travel.

Group size: Limited to 32 students per program.

 

Beach orientation and field lab

Beach field trips are restricted to select dates April–August of 2016, based on low tide availability.

Orientation only: 45-minute program; $120 per program, $80 per additional consecutive program on the same day.

Field lab only: One hour; $160 per program, no additional discount.

Orientation and field lab: $250; $175 for each program on the same day when the orientation programs are booked consecutively.

Group size: 28 students per program. Total number of students may be limited by the field location.


 

Conservation education fund scholarships

Scholarship assistance for admission, transportation and off-site programs is available to qualifying schools. Scholarships are awarded as funding is available. Priority will be given to 40 percent or greater free and reduced lunch or equivalent schools, Head Start, ECEAP, special needs and ESL/ELL classes. Limited funding available. Please apply online when registering for programs.