School Programs

High School (Grades 9–12)

On Site

Plankton to Orcas Lab

The survival of local orcas is dependent on the health of ocean plankton. By using oceanographic equipment, students will test the abiotic and biotic factors that affect plankton populations, discover how both energy and toxins flow through the ocean food web, an calculate how much phytoplankton it takes to feed an orca. Please note that this progran runs 90 minutes.


Pacific Northwest Salmon Lab

Students will examine the life cycle of Pacific salmon, the factors that limit population growth in both natural ecosystems and systems altered by human activity, and explore possible solutions to human impacts affecting salmon. Optional dissection included.


Marine Invertebrate Lab

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.



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, interact with a diver at one of our interpretive shows, and visit our new harbor seal exhibit.


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 at 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.