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Homeschool Programs

Programming Fall 2020

  • Each program will run approximately 75 minutes in length, 10:30 – 11:45am and consist of a 35-45-minute classroom session and 20-30 minutes in the Aquarium.
  • Homeschool program fee covers admission for the entire day; please feel welcome to explore the rest of the Aquarium on your own following the program.
  • Each program has a maximum of 10 people, and is offered twice per month.
  • Adults are expected to stay for the program, and are encouraged to participate with their student(s).

If you’re a family interested in virtual programs, look here.


$10.95 per child/student
$8.95 per child/student Passholder
$14.95 per adult
$8.95 per adult Passholder

Diets and Food Chains (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

It takes quite a bit of food to feed all the animals at the Aquarium. Each species requires vastly different types and amounts. Discover where animals fit into the food chain and learn how we specialize diets to ensure animals eat well but are not eaten. Do herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores have different traits that typically set them apart? Look at samples of teeth from different fish and find clues to understand what their diet includes.

Enrichment (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

How do Aquarium caretakers make sure animals get everything they need and are living enriching lives? Are there specific actions to take to keep the animals developing and learning? Discover how we keep our own animals engaged and stimulated, then design your own enrichment item for one of our exhibits.

What is Conservation? (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On our planet, there are certain animals that need more help from us than other animals. What are the reasons for this? Are there things we can do for animals to assist their populations? Learn about endangered animals on a global scale first, and then explore which of the Aquarium’s creatures need the most protection.

Plastic Pollution (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Plastic has developed a negative reputation in recent years, especially in the animal and environmental industries. What issues does plastic cause, and will we ever move away from this convenient and cheap resource? Has COVID-19 contributed to the problem? Leave with new ideas on how to be a part of the solution to plastic prevalence.

Coral Reefs (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Is it possible to tell a fish’s habitat based on how the fish looks? Dive into animal adaptations, and study the beautiful traits belonging to coral reef dwellers. How important are coral reefs compared to other ocean habitats? Learn all about the productivity of coral reefs, and why they are often referred to as the rainforests of the ocean.

Squid Dissection (Grades 4-8)
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Always a fan favorite, come dissect a squid and learn all about the incredible lives of these creatures. Compare and contrast with other spineless animals. Afterwards, locate the invertebrates in the Aquarium and pay special attention to their unique adaptations.

Camouflage & Hiding (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020

What animals have the most impressive techniques when it comes to evading predators? Learn all about the variety of different methods used for avoiding predation, and discover how some creatures hide to catch prey. Observe the shelters we provide to seek out Aquarium residents that, at first glance, may go unseen.

Biomimicry (Grades 4-8)
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Humans have been finding solutions to problems for thousands of years. Did you know that the natural world often provides the best solutions? Dive into the incredible area of science known as biomimicry and find out what items and structures in your everyday life were inspired by nature. Try your hand at using natural models to come up with a solution to an everyday problem.


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