Public Programs

Beach naturalists on local Seattle beach speaking to visitors
Beach Naturalist

Beach naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn about and enjoy area shorelines. 

Volunteers at Ballard Locks
Cedar River Salmon Journey

Join volunteer naturalists at the Ballard Locks and at four sites along the Cedar River to see and learn about salmon. Discover how you can help to keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were born. 

Children peering into tidepools
Summer Camp

The Seattle Aquarium offers unique camps for youth ages 4-14 in the summer months. Registration will open early 2020 for the year’s programs. Check in this winter for more information!

Toddlers playing
Toddler Time

A myriad of developmentally age-appropriate, hands-on activities await for tots to explore. For children ages 5 and under; must be accompanied by an adult. Free with Aquarium admission.

Connections partners

Education programs

Children's hands reaching into bucket with crabs
Visit the Aquarium with your school or organization

Seattle Aquarium programming is designed to enhance your school curriculum with hands-on learning opportunities. Come to the Aquarium for a self-guided experience, which allows you and your students to explore the Aquarium’s exhibits at your own pace, or attend one of our classroom programs to deepen your students’ learning.

Teenagers leaning over the edge of Pier 59
College and university on-site classroom programs

These programs are appropriate for college students enrolled in introductory courses in marine biology, biology, oceanography or similar courses. We may be able to schedule a program outside of our typical classroom program times depending on space and instructor availability, so please inquire when registering.

Young children handling animal skeletons
Programs at your location or in the field

If you can’t make it to the Aquarium, our classroom or field-based programs will come to you. Seattle Aquarium programming is designed to enhance your school curriculum with hands-on learning opportunities. Please note that we do not currently bring any live animals to our off-site programs.

High school students studying beach ecology
Citizen Science

Citizen scientists are local high school students and teachers, assisted by trained adults, gaining “real world” experience with science and conservation.

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.