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Choose from four different outreach programs that are designed to meet age-appropriate learning standards, provide up-close interactions with popular ambassador animals, spark curiosity and critical thinking, as well as inspire connections with the natural world. Programs are led by the Aquarium’s talented team of educators.
Aquarium educators are accompanied by an animal ambassador, each with their own unique story or lesson to share. Explore the options to find the right fit for your group’s interests!
Gather ‘round as we read a tale about an aquatic animal! This storytelling-centered program introduces you to the “main character” through an educational children’s book. Participate in interactive activities to learn about your animal character’s physical traits, habitat, and more. Then, meet the animal in person!
They may not have spines, but marine invertebrates are truly the backbones of the sea! Comprising 92% of all ocean life, they play an important role in maintaining healthy habitats. Interact with the animals using a two-finger touch and see firsthand what makes marine invertebrates unique while also learning how they have adapted to survive in the ocean. Animals are subject to availability, but may include crabs, sea stars, sea snails, and/or lobster.
Meet one of our two charismatic ambassador turtles, Maggie, the Florida river cooter, or Mortisha, the red-eared slider! Enjoy an up-close look at the animal’s physical features and see how webbed feet and streamlined bodies make these reptiles well-suited to spend most of their lives in the water.
Squid are some of the smartest and strangest-looking animals in the sea, and their internal anatomy is just as fascinating! From their three hearts to the ink sacs that contain their strongest defense mechanism, there’s a lot to see and learn from looking inside these cephalopods. Squid is acquired from our frozen food supply and is thawed prior to the program (no live animals). Squid dissections require an additional lab fee.
request a visit
Please fill out the outreach reservation form to request a reservation. Your reservation is not confirmed until you hear from us. If you need more information, please email us.
The Aquarium makes it easy for schools, clubs, scouts, and organizations to plan exciting field trips to see our entire animal collection.