School Programs


Introductory marine science programs perfect for preschools, Head Start classes, day care centers and other groups of young children.

On Site

Sea Stars, Urchins & Friends

Children meet five different live Puget Sound seashore animals and learn all about them through discussions, puppets, movement, and song. This introductory marine science program is perfect for preschools, Head Start classes, day care centers and other groups of young children.





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

Our classroom-based outreach programs will come to your Pre-K center!

Ocean Animals

What is an animal without a backbone? Students will 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? This class explores the characteristics of marine mammals with hands-on opportunities to handle pelts, bones and teeth. Other activities include making marine mammal rubbings and creative dramatics.



Fun with Fishes

Using real skeletons and teeth, students will learn about Northwest fishes and sharks, including the elusive sixgill sharks of Puget Sound. Activities include fish rubbings, stories and other fishy fun!


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 Pre-K is 30 minutes.

Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.

Minimum number of students is 10; maximum number of students for Pre-K is 25.


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.