With classrooms looking so different this year, we’re adapting along with you and bringing our mission-forward education classes online for K–12 students.
All of our programs focus on the marine ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Our educators will guide you and up to 32 of your students over video conferencing software through lessons that support Next Generation Science Standards while giving your students agency to influence the class based on their prior knowledge and interests.
Each of our classes has a grade level range, and within that range our skilled educators will tailor the class for your specific grade level. We encourage active student participation during the program, and we plan on answering a lot of questions! Many classes also include special live animal interactions with the tide pool creatures in our care. Pricing and scholarship information is available on the registration page.
Explore the different discussion topics below.
EXPLORE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TIDE POOLS
Get up close with live tide pool animals. Students will learn how these animals survive in their ever-changing habitat and how simple actions can help protect them through the use of puppets, live animals, and observation. Learn about invertebrates like hermit crabs, sea urchins and snails and how they have adapted to survive the intertidal zone.
THE GREAT SALMON JOURNEY
Learn about the life cycle of Seattle’s most iconic animal, the salmon! With the use of interactive storyboards and learner-driven activities, students will explore salmon from egg to adult and discuss the many different factors that affect these amazing fish.
PUGET SOUND PLANKTON LAB
Discover the most abundant organisms in Puget Sound: plankton! Students will learn about the role plankton plays in providing food for all as the base of the marine food web. Students will be guided through live virtual plankton samples, learning about phytoplankton and zooplankton through living examples found in samples collected from the Seattle Aquarium’s own pier.
SEA OTTER CONSERVATION RESEARCH
Find out what it takes to conduct research on wild sea otter populations. Students will learn how to collect data, ask research questions, and plan and carry out investigative work through the example of our own curator of conservation research, Shawn Larson, and her team’s work on the outer coast of Washington state.
SALMON EXPLORATION: ECOLOGY AND ANATOMY
Be guided through a live virtual dissection of a salmon. Through anatomy, students will learn about the salmon’s adaptations for its unique life cycle and the difficulties each salmon must overcome (both natural and human influenced) to return to its birthplace and begin the cycle anew.
AQUARIUM EXPERT Q&A
In this very informal class, teachers will collect questions from the students ahead of time and send them to our staff. During the class, one of the Aquarium’s educators will answer the questions, as well as provide opportunities for the students to ask new questions. This class is perfect for students working on research projects or interested in learning about what it’s like to work at the Aquarium.