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! Plus, in late spring and summer, not only will you witness Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see beach naturalists: advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beachgoers.

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

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.

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.  

Children peering into tidepools
Summer Camp

The Seattle Aquarium’s marine summer camp is back! We are excited to once again invite campers to explore the aquatic world with us here at the Aquarium. During each five-day week, campers will participate in many different fun games and activities, explore the different animals that call the Aquarium home, and learn how to protect the one world ocean. Note: Our 2022 summer camps are currently sold out. A wait list is available.

Education programs

Sea Star
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. 

Teacher resources

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

Community Partner Connections Program