School Programs

Grades 6-8

On Site

Puget Sound Plankton Investigation

Students will take a closer look at marine plankton and their adult counterparts in a hands-on learning laboratory experience. After conducting their own plankton tow, students will use microscopes to discover the difference between zooplankton and phytoplankton. Further discussion will reveal how these producers and consumers interact with each other and nonliving factors to create an ecosystem at the ocean’s surface.



Marine Invertebrate Investigation

Meet some of Puget Sound’s marine invertebrates and learn about the different zones in their intertidal ecosystem. Through hands-on exploration, students will investigate and discuss the physical and behavioral adaptations that enable different animals to live in different zones.




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

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 programing with a field experience to foster student learning in our local watershed or at the beach.

Salmon Field Lab

Available October–November 2014.

In this two-part program, a presentation at the Aquarium or your classroom is followed by a field program that explores selected sites on the Cedar River when salmon are spawning. Students will see salmon, investigate salmon habitat and learn how we share the river with the fish.

Beach Field Lab

Available April–June 2015, 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 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 grades K–12 is one hour.

Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.

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


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.