Teacher resources and workshops

Resources for use at the Seattle Aquarium

School programs at the Seattle Aquarium

Animal fact sheets
Seattle Aquarium scavenger hunt
Seattle Aquarium scavenger hunt large print
Seattle Aquarium scavenger hunt answer key
Exploration notebook, grades 3–6
Seattle Aquarium workbook, grades 4–6. Request free workbooks and pencils when registering. Available in English and Spanish.

Seattle Aquarium field guide

This color photo guide includes animals commonly seen on Puget Sound beaches and here at the Aquarium. Available in the following languages:

Seattle Aquarium social story

This social story, or visual guide, will help families and groups prepare for their visit to the Aquarium. May be especially useful for visitors with autism, sensory sensitivities, or younger audiences. Look through it before your visit, or print it out to bring with you.
View the social story here.

Science standards

Programs for kindergarten through grade 12 are designed to support Washington State science standards, including EALRs and NGSS/WSSLS. Please click here for classroom program standards.

Teacher planning pass

After you have received your field trip confirmation email, you may request a one-time teacher planning pass from our registrar. We encourage you to visit the Aquarium before your field trip to help with your planning process. The planning pass will be available to pick up at the admission gate with your school ID.

Resources for self-guided field trips to the beach

Chaperone guide for the beach
Species identification guides
Explore our Puget Sound beaches
Eelgrass or kelp forest
Tide pool animals
If you are a classroom teacher and have taken your class to the beach within the past school year, please click here to fill out a short survey.

Resources for use in your classroom

Animal fact sheets
Puget Sound orca information
Solar power at the Seattle Aquarium
In partnership with Seattle City Light, the Seattle Aquarium installed a 49-kilowatt-hour photovoltaic array on the roof of Pier 59. The array generates electricity for Seattle City Light’s second Community Solar project. To view live readings of how much power the project is generating at the Seattle Aquarium and to learn more about solar power, click here.

Interested in curriculum and activities? Developed and managed by Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), Solar 4R Schools provides schools nationwide with hands-on teaching tools such as science kits, lesson plans and photovoltaic solar arrays so students can learn about solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies.

Check out our sustainability page to see the Seattle Aquarium’s other green practices.

Teacher professional development and opportunities

We work to provide workshops that connect teachers with scientists and the most up-to-date research. If you have any questions, please call (206) 693-6196.

Teacher workshop
Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

Professional development for educators of grades 6-12

Saturday, October 28, 2017
8am–4pm at the Seattle Aquarium

Continental breakfast, lunch, free parking, $50 stipend and seven clock hours will be provided

Click here to learn more

Register for the workshop

If you have previously participated in a Why Do We Explore? or How Do We Explore? professional development, this offering will be redundant.


Teacher professional development

We work to provide workshops that connect teachers with scientists and the most up-to-date research. Please check back periodically for updates and new workshops.

Teacher Workshop
Sea Star Wasting Disease in Washington Waters

For Educators of grades 3–7

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9am–3:30pm at the Seattle Aquarium

View workshop flyer
Click here to register


Partnership programs

The Seattle Aquarium partners with several schools in the Puget Sound area. Our partner schools help us test pilot programs, get feedback on new ideas, and provide more in-depth programming that can be jointly delivered by Aquarium staff and classroom teachers.

Citizen Science is a partner program delivered in collaboration with Aquarium staff and high school teachers. Participating teachers are selected through an application process. If you're interested in participating, please contact us at education@seattleaquarium.org.

General information

Education e-newsletter

If you would like to sign up for our education e-newsletter to receive more information about programs for you and your students, let us know at education@seattleaquarium.org.

Contact us at education@seattleaquarium.org with questions.