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 non-living factors to create an ecosystem at the ocean's surface.


Marine Invertebrate Investigation

Meet some of the Aquarium's marine invertebrates and learn how scientists classify them into family groups, how their physical and behavioral adaptations are suited for intertidal life, and how they ineract with their intertidal ecosystems.


Salmon Investigation

Students will examine how different body parts adapt as salmon transition from fresh water to the ocean, and back again. A discussion about how humans can affect habitats in both helpful and harmful ways will lead to a better understanding of environmental stewardship. Optional dissection included.



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 Puet 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 ar 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.