Hands-on tide pool exploration
Get up close and hands on with live tide pool animals. Through the use of puppets, live animals and discussion, students will learn about how these animals survive in their ever-changing habitat and how simple actions can help protect them.
Learn about the life cycle of Seattle’s most iconic animal, the salmon. With the use of storyboards and interactive activities, students will explore salmon from egg to adult and discuss the many different factors that affect these amazing fish.
Discover the Seattle Aquarium with your students! Guide them through face-toface 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. Visit SeattleAquarium.org/teacher-resources for additional self-guided materials and resources.
Early childhood outreach (ages 3–5)
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.
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.
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!
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 programming with a field experience to foster student learning in our local watershed or at the beach.
Salmon field lab
Available October–November 2015.
In this two-part program, a presentation at the Aquarium or in your classroom is followed by a field program that explores selected sites on the Cedar River when salmon are spawning. Students will look for salmon, investigate salmon habitat and learn how we share the river with the fish.
Beach Field Lab
Available April–June 2016, 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.