Rates apply to pre-registered groups of 10 or more.
Adults/youth ages 4 and over: $10
Children ages 0–3: Free
Passes, discounted tickets, coupons and Seattle Aquarium membership cards are not valid for school group admission fees.
Program start times: 10:15am, noon and 1:45pm. We can accommodate two groups per time slot. Groups must arrive at the Aquarium a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Five minutes before the program begins, an Aquarium instructor will meet your group to take you upstairs to our classrooms.
Program length: 30 minutes for Sea Stars, Urchins & Friends; 60 minutes for all other programs.For the complete program experience, please schedule your bus to leave the Aquarium no earlier than 10 minutes after the program ends.
Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.
Minimum number of students is 10; maximum number of students for Pre-K is 25; grades K–12 is 32.
Due to space and safety concerns, a maximum of 10 chaperones will be permitted into the classroom. If your group requires additional chaperones, please inquire with the registration team.
Please note, onsite programs will not be offered during the school summer break and on the following dates: November 21-23, December 20-January 1, February 18-March 1, and June 7.
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.
With the closure and demolition of Alaskan Way Viaduct, we’re expecting construction and traffic delays to begin in January and continue through May, with the heaviest impacts between January and February.
To improve access to the Aquarium, the city has installed a new, 15-minute loading zone directly across the street from our pier (see images below). This space can accommodate four to five buses during the loading and unloading process. Please remind drivers of this convenient loading zone—and also remind them not to park in the loading zone or on the actual waterfront boardwalk, which is not designed to support the weight of a school bus.
For the most up-to-date information traffic impacts and access, we recommend that you visit our website at SeattleAquarium.org/directions in the days leading up to your visit. For information about traffic impacts to the central waterfront in general, visit the Washington State Department of Transportation site at wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/alaskanway.
Marine Invertebrates 101
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.
Puget Sound Plankton 101
The surface of the ocean is home to diverse populations of plankton. In this hands-on program, students will use oceanographic equipment to collect plankton samples, test the factors that affect these populations, and observe their samples under microscopes. Analysis and discussion of data will reveal how this ever-changing ecosystem responds to both human and environmental factors.
Plankton to Orcas 101
The survival of local orcas is dependent on the health of ocean plankton.Students will get hands-on experience with oceanographic equipment including plankton nets, Secchi discs, and microscopes. Through data collection and discussion, they will discover the world of plankton in Puget Sound and learn about the abiotic and biotic factors that can affect local plankton populations. But plankton are not the only organisms affected: every other organism in the ocean food web is touched by change. A group activity will demonstrate how energy and toxins flow through the food web all the way from plankton to orcas. Students will leave with information about our local orca populations and an understanding of why these apex predators are vulnerable and how they can be protected.
Please note that this program runs two hours and must be scheduled during the 1:45pm program time or outside of our typical classroom program times. Please inquire about availability when registering.
Scholarship assistance for admission, transportation to the Aquarium 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 request a scholarship online when registering for programs.
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.
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 about the ocean that scientists and educators agree should be known by everyone.