- Each program will run approximately 75 minutes in length, 10:30 – 11:45am and consist of a 30-40-minute classroom session and 25-35 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 is offered twice per month and has a maximum of 10 students.
- Adults are encouraged to stay for the program and participate with their student(s).
- Masks required for guests age 2+.
If you’re a family interested in virtual programs, look here.
Coral Reefs (Grades K-3)
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.
Seasons of Change (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
We know we adapt to changing weather in various ways, from adjusting the thermostat, to putting on extra layers of clothing, to eating cold treats like ice cream on a hot day. What about animals? Are they affected by changing seasons and weather? Do some stay put and survive using extreme methods, while others migrate and find new grounds? Learn all about the incredible ways animals cope with different seasons and maybe leave with a new appreciation for our inventions that make this process relatively easy on us.
Animal Senses (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Start by exploring a few mystery items to see how well our own senses can pinpoint the correct conclusion. Then compare our senses to animals at the Aquarium. Where are we stronger? Where are we lacking? What are some of the advanced sensing mechanisms animals have that we can only imagine? All animals from jellies, to catfish, to sharks have their own way of sensing that makes them unique and worth studying.
Sharks (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Always a popular program topic, sharks are simply an irresistible subject with fascinating adaptations and behaviors. We will dive into a little bit of everything, from teeth and diets, to different sizes of sharks, to ways we can help sharks in our everyday lives. Learn about the role these predators play in their ecosystems and build your own shark using craft materials.
Shipwrecks and SCUBA diving (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Did you know shipwrecks are not strictly an ocean mystery? We have shipwrecks in Lake Erie as well, and some of our very own SCUBA divers have explored them. Talk to one of our resident divers about diving these wrecks and their other underwater adventures, including diving with sharks. If you are interested in a SCUBA or other scientific career, this will be a great opportunity to ask questions about career paths.
Weird & Wild Adaptations (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
In a hunt or be hunted world, adaptations play a crucial role in survival. From sticky suction cups, to sharp spines, to arm and tail regeneration, animals can have some crazy adaptations that may be hard to believe exist. Go on a search for the strangest characteristics at the Aquarium, and depart with a newfound wonder at animals that may seem relatively simple at first glance.
Classification & Comparative Anatomy (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
How are all life forms on earth classified? Dig into taxonomy and how we separate out the millions of animal species in existence today. Learn why taxonomy is so critical for communication between scientists and the way species are studied. Use a guide on the Aquarium tour to see if you can correctly classify animals using visual clues.
Water (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
It may feel as though water is everywhere and endless, but that is not the case. Out of all of the water on earth, do you know how much is available for human use? Discuss the differences of freshwater and saltwater, and ways to conserve this precious resource. Build a water cycle bracelet at the end to commemorate our appreciation of water.
The Great Lakes (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
It can be easy to overlook a local body of water if we become accustomed to it throughout our lives. However, Lake Erie deserves recognition, along with the rest of the Great Lakes. How important is this water on a global and regional scale? Learn the sheer number of people relying on the Great Lakes on a daily basis, the past and present state of these natural wonders, and where we go from here.