On-site classroom programs

High school (grades 9–12)

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.

Marine invertebrate lab

October 2016–June 2017 
Monday–Friday

Discover the rich diversity of animals that call the Puget Sound nearshore habitat home. By interacting with live marine invertebrates, students will learn how to classify animals into phyla based on physical characteristics. They will also explore the biodiversity of the intertidal ecosystem, and the ways in which the organisms are interrelated.


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Oysters and ocean chemistry lab

October 2016–June 2017
Monday–Friday

Ocean chemistry is rapidly changing as excess carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is absorbed into the water. Students will discover how this affects larval oysters and oyster farmers in Puget Sound, and how Simone Alin, oceanographer at NOAA, helps the farmers monitor ocean chemistry to maintain healthy hatchery conditions. Video clips integrated throughout the class allow students to hear Simone’s story directly from the source. Students will conduct two different pH tests to understand the relationship between CO2 and pH in the ocean; analyze graphs of real data from local ocean moorings to identify patterns in ocean chemistry; discuss solutions to the oyster farmers’ challenges; and get hands-on with live oysters.

NGSS Practice: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Crosscutting Concept: Patterns


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Self-guided tour

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 coral reefs of the tropical Pacific. Make sure to stop by our hands-on tide pools and interact with a diver at one of our interpretive shows.

 

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