School programs

Grades K–2


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.



Salmon exploration

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.



Self-guided tour

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 for additional self-guided materials and resources.



Early childhood outreach (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.



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.

Program fees and length

October 2015—June 2016



Rates apply to pre-registered groups of 10 or more.
Adults/youth ages 4 and over: $9.50
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. 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.

Minimum number of students is 10; maximum number of students for Pre-K is 25; grades K–12 is 32.

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.