Teacher Resources and Workshops

Resources for use at the Seattle Aquarium

School programs at the Seattle Aquarium

Orientation video
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:

Science standards

All programs are aligned with the Washington State Science EALRs and Ocean Literacy Principles. For information about standards specific to each program, 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 Community Solar 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

If you have any questions, please call (206) 693-6196.

Teacher Workshop
Fostering Empathy for Wildlife

Free one-day workshop for formal and informal educators

Saturday: June 11, 2016 or August 20, 2016
9am–3:30pm at the Seattle Aquarium

The aim of this workshop is to explore empathy as one effective tool to inspire conservation action in our classrooms and institutions. Empathy toward animals is a learned mental and emotional process cultivated throughout a person’s life.

View workshop flier
Register here


Deaf Community Day: May 14
Sign language interpreters will be present at each of our scheduled talks and throughout exhibit areas. Flier can be found here.

Beach Naturalist program: Select dates May–August
Meet Aquarium staff and volunteers on a local Puget Sound beach! It’s a great opportunity for you and your friends to get away from the classroom to learn more about the animals that inhabit our local shorelines.

World Ocean Weekend: June 11–12
Come celebrate the world’s one big ocean with us and learn about Puget Sound’s unique role.

Partnership programs

The Seattle Aquarium with several schools in the Puget Sound area. Our partner schools help us pilot test new programs, get feedback on new ideas and provide more in-depth programming 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. The 2016 Seattle Aquarium Citizen Science program is offered with support from the Amgen Foundation and NOAA's Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program. If you're interested in participating, please contact Program Coordinator Nicole Ivey at n.ivey@seattleaquarium.org.

General information

Education E-newsletter

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

2015-2016 Educators Guide

Contact us at education@seattleaquarium.org with questions.