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, 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 palys in providing food for all as the base of th emarine food web.


Hands-On-Tide Pool Wonders

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 affects we can have on the animals and their ecosystems.



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, interact with a diver at one of our interpretive shows, and visit our new harbor seal exhibit.


Off Site

Seasonal Field Labs

Students learn best about their local environment through hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Our seasonal field labs combine classroom training with the best of field science to foster student learning about the processes of nature in our local watershed and at the beach. In the 2013-2014 school year, we will be piloting several new field lab programs.


Program Fees, Dates and Times

October 7, 2013–June 13, 2014


Rates apply to pre-registered groups of 10 or more.
Adults/youth age 4 and over: $9
Children age 0-3: free

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

Classroom Programs

Times: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm and 1:45pm
Program length for K–12 is 45 minutes
Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission
Minimum number of students is 10; maximum number of students for K–12 is 32.

Off-Site Programs

Fees: $120 per program; $80 per additional program.
Limited to 30 participants per program, and four programs per day.

Seasonal Field Labs

Fees: $400 for classroom program at your school and naturalist in the field; $300 for naturalist in the field and program at the Aquarium. Discounted rates of $200 at your school or $150 at the Aquarium for each additional class of 32 students.

Limited to 32 students per program. Total number of students may be limited by the field location.

Other Information

  • Hands-on inquiry science experiences are emphasized in these programs.
  • Programs align with Washington State Science Standards
  • Topics are seasonal
  • Conservation Education Scholarship Funding available.

Ocean Literacy

The ocean is the defining feature of our planet. Ocean Literacy means understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. There are 7 principles of Ocean Literacy—ideas scientists and educators agree everyone should understand about the ocean.