Registration is now full for the 2017-2018 school season.

Registration for the 2018-2019 season will re-open in August 2018. We hope to see you soon!

On-site classroom programs

Grades 6–8

Conservation education fund scholarships

Scholarship assistance for admission, transportation to the Aquarium and off-site programs is available to qualifying schools. Scholarships are awarded as funding is available. Priority will be given to 40 percent or greater free and reduced lunch or equivalent schools, Head Start, ECEAP, special needs and ESL/ELL classes. Limited funding available. Please request a scholarship online when registering for programs.

Sea Otter Conservation Research


Did you know that the Seattle Aquarium conducts research on wild sea otter populations on the outer coast of Washington state? Join an Aquarium instructor in the classroom to find out how Shawn Larson, our curator of conservation research, plans and conducts fieldwork investigating the foraging success of sea otter populations. The story of Shawn’s research is embedded in discussions, video clips of Shawn, and data collected by the students who will act as Shawn’s research assistants. Students will participate in hands-on activities, touch live invertebrates from Puget Sound, and have rich discussion about what story their data tells and how it can be used in sea otter conservation efforts.

NGSS Practice: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations, Crosscutting Concept: Cause and Effect, Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics



Oysters and Ocean Chemistry Research


Ocean chemistry is rapidly changing as excess carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is absorbed into the water. Students will discover how this affects larval oysters and oyster farmers in Puget Sound, and how Simone Alin, oceanographer at NOAA, helps the farmers monitor ocean chemistry to maintain healthy hatchery conditions. Video clips integrated throughout the class allow students to hear Simone’s story directly from the source. Students will conduct two different pH tests to understand the relationship between CO2 and pH in the ocean; analyze graphs of real data from local ocean moorings to identify patterns in ocean chemistry; discuss solutions to the oyster farmers’ challenges; and get hands-on with live oysters.

NGSS Practice: Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Crosscutting Concept: Patterns, Disciplinary Core Idea: MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics



Self-guided tour

Discover the Seattle Aquarium with your students! Guide them through face-to-face interactions with marine animals as they explore the exhibits, from the cool waters of Puget Sound to the coral reefs of the tropical Pacific. Make sure to stop by our hands-on tide pools and interact with a diver at one of our interpretive shows.