Public Programs

Practicing physical distancing at the beach
Beach Naturalist

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!

Salmon swimming in a river.
Cedar River Salmon Journey

Join volunteer naturalists along the Cedar River this October to see spawning 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.

Children peering into tidepools
Summer Camp


Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and to prioritize the safety of campers, staff and volunteers, we’ve made the difficult decision to not offer marine summer camps for summer 2021.

Please check back soon for announcements regarding summer programming for families. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Toddler Time
Toddler Time

We regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020–2021 season of Toddler Time due to the impacts of COVID-19. As Washington state moves through the governor’s Safe Start phases, please check back here for other learning opportunities for your little one. We can’t wait to welcome you back when health and safety guidelines permit!

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