On-site classroom programs

College and university

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.

Marine invertebrates 101

Discover the rich diversity of animals that call the Puget Sound nearshore habitat home. By interacting with live marine invertebrates, students will learn how to classify animals into phyla based on physical characteristics. They will also explore the biodiversity of the intertidal ecosystem, and the ways in which the organisms are interrelated.

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Puget Sound plankton 101

The surface of the ocean is home to diverse populations of plankton. In this hands-on program, students will use oceanographic equipment to collect plankton samples, test the factors that affect these populations, and observe their samples under microscopes. Analysis and discussion of data will reveal how this ever-changing ecosystem responds to both human and environmental factors.

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Plankton to orcas 101

The survival of local orcas is dependent on the health of ocean plankton. By using oceanographic equipment, students will test the abiotic and biotic factors that affect plankton populations, discover how energy and toxins flow through the ocean food web, and calculate how much phytoplankton it takes to feed an orca.

Please note that this program runs 90 minutes and must be scheduled during the 1:45pm program time or outside of our typical classroom program times. Please inquire about availability when registering.


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Self-guided tour

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


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On-site program details

October 2015—June 2016



On-site classroom programs are free with Aquarium admission. The following admission rates apply to pre-registered groups of 10 or more.

Adults/youth age 4 and over: $10.

Children age 3 and under: No fees.

Passes, discounted tickets, coupons and Seattle Aquarium membership cards are not valid for school group admission fees.


Program start times and duration

Program start times: 9:45am (pre-K only), 10:45am, 12:15pm and 1:45pm. We can accommodate two groups per time slot. Groups must arrive at the Aquarium a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Five minutes before the program begins, an Aquarium instructor will meet your group to take you upstairs to our classrooms.

Program length: 30 minutes for pre-K programs; 60 minutes for all other programs.

Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.


Group size

The minimum group size is 10 students. Maximum of 25 students in pre-K programs; maximum of 32 students in all other programs. Due to space and safety concerns, a maximum of 10 chaperones will be permitted into the classroom.


Conservation education fund scholarships

Scholarship assistance for admission, transportation 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 apply online when registering for programs.