Seattle Aquarium café closed for upgrades October 16–27
You can look forward to new equipment and streamlined service when the café reopens on October 28—we appreciate your understanding!

Teacher resources and workshops

Resources for use at the Seattle Aquarium

School programs at the Seattle Aquarium

Orientation video

Animal fact sheets
Seattle Aquarium scavenger hunt
Seattle Aquarium scavenger hunt large print
Seattle Aquarium scavenger hunt answer key
Exploration notebook, grades 3–6
Seattle Aquarium workbook, grades 4–6. Request free workbooks and pencils when registering. Available in English and Spanish.

Seattle Aquarium field guide

This color photo guide includes animals commonly seen on Puget Sound beaches and here at the Aquarium. Available in the following languages:

Seattle Aquarium social story

This social story, or visual guide, will help families and groups prepare for their visit to the Aquarium. May be especially useful for visitors with autism or sensory sensitivities, or younger audiences. Look through it before your visit, or print it out to bring with you.
View the social story here.

Science standards

Programs for kindergarten through grade 12 are designed to support Washington state science standards, including EALRs and NGSS/WSSLS. Please click here for classroom program standards.

Teacher planning pass

After you have received your field trip confirmation email, you may request a one-time teacher planning pass from our registrar. We encourage you to visit the Aquarium before your field trip to help with your planning process. The planning pass will be available to pick up at the admission gate with your school ID.

Resources for self-guided field trips to the beach

Beach orientation video

Chaperone guide for the beach
Species identification guide
Explore our Puget Sound beaches
Eelgrass or kelp forest
Tide pool animals

Resources for use in your classroom

Animal fact sheets
Puget Sound orca information
Solar power at the Seattle Aquarium
In partnership with Seattle City Light, the Seattle Aquarium installed a 49-kilowatt-hour photovoltaic array on the roof of Pier 59. The array generates electricity for Seattle City Light’s second Community Solar project. To view live readings of how much power the project is generating at the Seattle Aquarium and to learn more about solar power, click here.

Check out our sustainability page to see the Seattle Aquarium’s other green practices.

Teacher professional development and opportunities

We work to provide workshops that connect teachers with scientists and the most up-to-date research. If you have any questions, please call (206) 693-6196.

Teacher workshop/plastics summit
Dialogue about challenges and opportunities

Professional development for educators of grades 6–12

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168

Clock hours provided in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium.

Click here to learn more.

Register for the workshop.


Teacher workshop
Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

Professional development for educators of grades 6–12

Saturday, October 28, 2017
8am–4pm at the Seattle Aquarium

Continental breakfast, lunch, free parking, $50 stipend and seven clock hours will be provided

Click here to learn more.

Register for the workshop.

If you have previously participated in a Why Do We Explore? or How Do We Explore? professional development, this offering will be redundant.


Partnership programs

The Seattle Aquarium partners with several schools in the Puget Sound area. Our partner schools help us test pilot programs, get feedback on new ideas, and provide more in-depth programming that can be jointly delivered by Aquarium staff and classroom teachers.

Citizen Science is a partner program delivered in collaboration with Aquarium staff and high school teachers. Participating teachers are selected through an application process. If you're interested in participating, please contact us at

General information

Education e-newsletter

If you would like to sign up for our education e-newsletter to receive more information about programs for you and your students, let us know at

Contact us at with questions.

Ocean literacy principles

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 seven principles of ocean literacy—ideas scientists and educators agree everyone should understand about the ocean.