Public Programs

Practicing physical distancing at the beach
Beach Naturalist

Stroll along almost any local beach during low tide and you’ll see that the shore is alive! Explore West Seattle’s Constellation Park/Richey Viewpoint beach with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists during two winter nighttime low tides, and discover what creatures we see at this time of year. This is a free, family-friendly, drop-in program—no registration necessary!

Follow the Seattle Aquarium on social media for updates and to learn more about the amazing animals with whom we share our shores!

A young child holding a magnifying glass to look at a shell.
Toddler Time

Toddler Time is back! This drop-in program is free with Aquarium admission and offers a variety of learner-centered, developmentally age-appropriate, hands-on activities for young children. Toddler Time is hosted on select Sundays and Mondays, for children ages 5 and under and their parents/caregivers.

A large sea star clinging to a rock during low tide.
Seattle Aquarium Marine Science Club

The Seattle Aquarium is proud to host this free, online, drop-in club for teens in grades 9–12 who are interested in and passionate about marine conservation. 

The club will meet online every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm, with a monthly in-person meeting focused on a fun conservation activity.  

Salmon swimming in a river.
Cedar River Salmon Journey

Join volunteer naturalists at the Ballard Locks June through September, and again along the Cedar River in October, to see salmon! Learn about our local salmon, the challenges they face and how you can help keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were born.

BONUS WEEKEND October 29 and 30, 2022!

Education programs

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Distance learning

Seattle Aquarium programming is designed to enhance your school curriculum with digital learning opportunities. Meet our educators through video conferencing to experience online versions of some of our most popular in-person programs.

Teachers, register today for access to this special programming for your students.

Sign on the beach to promote empathy: "I don't have a face but I'm still an animal"
Fostering empathy for wildlife

The Seattle Aquarium has embraced empathy for animals as a key motivator for Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. Through grant-funded initiatives, we’ve laid the groundwork for best practices, enhanced visitor programming and promoted industry interest in principles for empathy for animals. 

A puffin looking to the left.
On-site Classes

Add an exciting and educational class on a variety of marine ecosystems to your class’s visit to the Seattle Aquarium! Educators will guide your class through an animal-filled experience in our Aquarium Classrooms.

Teachers, register today for this experience which helps support learning standards and ocean literacy.

Teacher resources

Tools to help you share the wonder of the marine environment with your students.

Community Partner Connections Program