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Distance Learning

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Thanks for your interest in the Seattle Aquarium’s educational programming. Due to high demand, we are at capacity for Distance Learning classes for the remainder of the 202324 school year. Please check back in September 2024 for availability in 2025. 


K–Grade 5

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.

K–Grade 5

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.

Grades 3–5

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.

Grades 6–12

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.

Opening August 29

Ocean Pavilion

Get your tickets today to experience our new Ocean Pavilion expansion!

Website maintenance

Please note: Our ticketing and membership systems will be offline for approximately two hours starting at 10pm Pacific on Wednesday, July 10. During the maintenance window, online ticketing and membership will not be available.

Thank you for understanding.

Support the Seattle Aquarium

Two sea otters at the Seattle Aquarium floating on the water in their habitat, holding onto each other demonstrating a rafting behavior.

With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

An adult sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium looking upwards with its front paws resting on its front.

Giving Tuesday

Make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit Seattle Aquarium

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 thanks to a very generous anonymous donor!

Sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium laying on its back, raising its head and front paws.

Cyber weekend

Get 15% OFF all memberships!