School Programs

Grades 3–5

On Site

Orca Discovery

What do you have in common with an orca? Students will discover the connections we share by comparing the life cycle and physical structure of orcas to ours while building a life-size whale skeleton. Instructors will lead students in a discussion of how our actions can both negatively and positively affect these amazing animals.



Salmon Discovery

Learn about the life cycle of Pacific salmon and their amazing journey from egg to adult to spawner. Students will explore what factors change salmon habitats and discuss the effect they have on salmon populations.



Puget Sound Plankton Discovery

Discover the most abundant organisms in Puget Sound: plankton! After conducting their own plankton tow, students will use microscopes to discover how plankton can be sorted into animals and plants, and the role plankton plays in providing food for all as the base of the marine food web.



Hands-On-Tide Pool Discovery

Get hands on with Puget Sound’s most common tide pool invertebrates! Students will learn about animals like hermit crabs, sea urchins and snails; the adaptations that help them survive in the intertidal zone; and the positive and negative effects we can have on the animals and their ecosystem.




Discover the Seattle Aquarium with your students! Guide them through face-to-face interactions with marine animals as they explore the exhibits, from the cool waters of Puget Sound to the tropical coral reefs of the Pacific. Make sure to stop by our hands-on tide pools and interact with a diver at one of our interpretive shows.


Off Site

Seasonal Field Labs (Grades 1-6)

Students learn best about their local environment through hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Our seasonal field labs combine classroom programing with a field experience to foster student learning in our local watershed or at the beach.

Salmon Field Lab

Available October–November 2014.

In this two-part program, a presentation at the Aquarium or your classroom is followed by a field program that explores selected sites on the Cedar River when salmon are spawning. Students will see salmon, investigate salmon habitat and learn how we share the river with the fish.

Beach Field Lab

Available April–June 2015, depending on tides.

In this two-part program, a presentation at the Aquarium or your classroom is followed by a field program. The field program explores a local beach with many opportunities to meet and learn about the sea life revealed at low tide.

Program Fees and Length

October 8, 2014—June 12, 2015



Rates apply to pre-registered groups of 10 or more.
Adults/youth ages 4 and over: $9
Children ages 0–3: free
Passes, discounted tickets, coupons and Seattle Aquarium membership cards are not valid for school group admission fees.


Classroom Programs

Program start times: 9:45am (Pre-K only), 10:45am, 12:15pm and 1:45pm. Groups must be checked in 15 minutes before the program start time. We can accommodate two groups per time slot. We reserve the right to cancel if you have not checked in 15 minutes prior to your program.

Program length for grades K–12 is one hour.

Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.

Minimum number of students is 10; maximum number of students for grades K–12 is 32.


Conservation Education Scholarship Fund

Scholarship admission and transportation assistance is available for qualifying schools. Scholarships are awarded as funding is available. Priority will be given to 40% or greater free and reduced lunch or equivalent schools, Head Start, ECEAP, special needs and ESL/ELL classes.

Please apply online when registering for programs.