Aqua School

August 2017 - May 2018: Offer your students an enhanced learning experience at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Aqua Schools provide an opportunity to give your students an enhanced and engaging learning experience while on a field trip to the Aquarium. All programs are aligned with state science standards, and many can be modified for any age group. Programs allow for a maximum of 60 students (30 per session) and includes Expedited Check-in and time to explore the Zoo. Our Education staff can also tailor programs to fit curriculum needs.

All programs are also available for home-school groups of 10 or more students.

Shark Dissection Classes (4th-12th grades ONLY) – A unique and unforgettable chance to learn about sharks, not just from books and videos, but hands-on and from real-life observations! Bring your class to the Aquarium and participate in a shark dissection – come see what makes these amazing predators tick. Please note: This class is only available to 4th-12th grade groups and costs $5.00 per student over the regular group admission fee to cover the cost of supplies. (45 minutes per session)

Shark School (ALL Ages) – Come explore the incredible world of these often misunderstood but fascinating predators, and find out why our ocean needs them to stay healthy. Each session covers food webs, animal adaptations, ocean ecology and lots of hands-on learning. (45 minutes per session)

Frog School (ALL Ages) – Ever wonder “what is the difference between a frog and a toad?” or “what exactly do tadpoles do all day?” This is the class for you and your students. Bring your students to the Aquarium to meet some amazing amphibians up close and find out all about their wild and watery world. Each session includes food webs, animal adaptations, habitats and features a live animal encounter. (45 minutes per session)

Fur, Feathers, and Fins (ALL Ages) – Explore the characteristics of the five basic animal groups - mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish - in this interactive program. Students compare the similarities and differences of each group of animals understanding the basics of classification. Includes a live animal encounter. (45 minutes per session)

Tank Talks (ALL Ages) – Don’t have time for a full classroom program but still want to make your field trip more exciting? Tank Talks offers your group a 20 minute chat with an Audubon Educator on a topic of your choice. The Educator will meet your group at the front entrance and assist with Expedited Check-in. This program is easily tailored to accompany classroom curriculum. Topic ideas include habitats, adaptations, specific animals or conservation issues.

The Sea & Me (PreK & Kindergarten) – A fun program for our younger visitors, The Sea & Me engages the little ones through activities and curriculum from Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children. Early childhood groups will enjoy learning about ocean life including a live animal encounter.

Age: Most school programs can be adapted for any age group.
Time: Sessions 10:00am and 10:45am (Depending on the number of students) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Group arrival 9:30am – Expedited Check-in with Educator.
Cost: $3.00 per student over the regular school group admission fee (except for Shark Dissections).

Don’t have time for a school program? Add a Self-Guided Exploration to your field trip. A Self-Guided Exploration is an age-appropriate activity guide that your students complete during their visit. It includes Expedited Check-in to help your group maximize their field trip time. An Educator will meet your group at the front entrance and assist with check-in and then escort the group into the facility, highlight special activities, and answer any questions. Each student receives an activity guide and pencil as part of the $1.00 per student charge. We can accommodate up to 200 students.

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