August 2016 - May 2017: Offer your students an enhanced learning experience.

Aqua Schools are an opportunity to offer your students an enhanced and engaging learning experience as part of a school field trip to the Aquarium. Programs are aligned with state science standards and can accommodate a maximum of 60 students (30 per session). Time to explore the Aquarium is built into the schedule as part of the program, and all programs include Expedited Check-in to the Aquarium.

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

Shark Dissection Classes – 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 per student over the regular group admission fee to cover the cost of supplies.

Shark School - 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 - Ever wonder what's 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)

New Program! Fur, Feathers, and Fins – 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)

New Program! Tank Talks – 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.

New Program! The Sea & Me – A fun new 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 programs can be adapted for any age group
Time: Group arrival 9:30am – Expedited Check-in with Educator
         Sessions 10:00am and 10:45am
         (Depending on the number of students)
Cost: $3.00 per student over the regular school group admission fee (except Shark Dissection)

For more information about Aqua School, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (504) 378-2639.

Click HERE to request an Aqua School program.

Our Education staff can also tailor programs to fit curriculum needs. Please note any special requests using the above link.

Don’t have time for a zoo/aqua school? Try our Self-Guided Exploration.