On-site classroom programs

Grades 3–5

Orca discovery

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

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Salmon discovery

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

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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.

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Hands-on tide pool discovery

Get hands on with Puget Sound’s most common tide pool invertebrates! 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.

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Self-guided tour

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.


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On-site program details

October 2015—June 2016



On-site classroom programs are free with Aquarium admission. The following admission rates apply to pre-registered groups of 10 or more.

Adults/youth age 4 and over: $9.50.

Children age 3 and under: No fees.

Passes, discounted tickets, coupons and Seattle Aquarium membership cards are not valid for school group admission fees.


Program start times and duration

Program start times: 9:45am (pre-K only), 10:45am, 12:15pm and 1:45pm. We can accommodate two groups per time slot. Groups must arrive at the Aquarium a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Five minutes before the program begins, an Aquarium instructor will meet your group to take you upstairs to our classrooms.

Program length: 30 minutes for pre-K programs; 60 minutes for all other programs.

Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.


Group size

The minimum group size is 10 students. Maximum of 25 students in pre-K programs; maximum of 32 students in all other programs. Due to space and safety concerns, a maximum of 10 chaperones will be permitted into the classroom.


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.