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Homeschool Wednesdays

Homeschool Wednesdays

Each Homeschool Wednesday offers 2 simultaneous sessions:
10:15am –11:30am (grades 4-8)
10:15am – 11:30am (grades K-3)

  • Both sessions focus on a similar topic (listed below), but contain unique, age-appropriate activities.
  • Sessions begin promptly at 10:15am, please arrive on time.
  • Adults are expected to stay and participate in the program with their students.
  • Homeschool Wednesday Class fee includes the program PLUS Aquarium admission for the full day. Please feel welcome to explore the galleries more thoroughly after class.
  • The classroom will remain available for 30min following the program.
  • Please feel welcome to bring and eat a packed lunch. Zero waste lunches are highly encouraged.

Advance registration is required. 

Student: $11
Passholder student: $8
Adult: $11
Passholder adult: $8
Sibling child (age 2-4): $11
Passholder sibling child (ages 2-4): $8

Guests younger than age 2 are free.

Feathery Friends (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

What makes birds special? How are they different from other animals? Why do they have feathers? Discover the answers to these questions and others as we search for birds both inside and outside of the Aquarium. Use observation skills, practice using binoculars to see up-close, and learn to identify a few different bird species during this avian adventure. Please dress for the weather, parts of this class take place outdoors.

Cleveland Flats Habitats (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Cleveland’s Flats may not be the first place you’d think to look for birds, but this urban setting is home to a surprising number of avian species. Put your observation skills to the test, helping spot and identify different birds, gain confidence using binoculars for closeup views and help log data for participatory science. Please dress for the weather as parts of this class take place outdoors.

Spooky as They Seem? (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Why do some animals have sharp teeth or pointy spines? Are spooky-looking animals always dangerous? We’ll explore how scary-looking features help animals survive in their habitats. We will even create our own super species that is well-equipped to survive in an aquatic habitat.

Stealth, Spines & Slime (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Animals have amazing ways of surviving in their habitats despite predators and competition with other species. Many implement defense mechanisms to help them thrive. We’ll talk poison, venom, camouflage, teeth, spines and more as we explore the Aquarium animals with which you wouldn’t want to pick a fight.

Where Does Water Go? (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Where does rainwater come from? What happens when water goes down the sink drain? How does litter end up in the lake? We will explore the water cycle, learning how water travels and why keeping water healthy is important for animals in the lake. Presented in partnership with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

All Drains Lead to the Lake (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

What is a watershed? Where does water go after we flush? We will compare the traditional water cycle with the urban water cycle, figure out how runoff carries pollutants to the lake and learn ways we can be environmental stewards to keep our watershed healthy. Presented in partnership with Northeast Ohio Sewer District.

Super Senses (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Catfish have tastebuds covering their whole body. Sharks can sense electric currents. Explore the world of sight, sound, smell and touch! We will use our own senses to help us explore animal senses and learn how different animals rely on those senses to survive.

Behavioral Adaptations (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Why do some animals hide while others swim in open water? How do ambush predators eat? Did you know archerfish catch their food by spitting water? Animals have developed some amazing survival strategies. Discover how certain behaviors give animals an advantage and why some behaviors make sense in one habitat, but not in others.

Incredible Invertebrates (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Sea stars, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, crayfish . . . there are so many fun and interesting animals that do not have backbones. Learn about jellies, corals and other amazing animals and how they compare and contrast with each other. Discover what kinds of habitats these species live in, and what adaptations make them unique.

What’s Inside a Squid? (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Explore the world of invertebrates and discover what adaptations make them unique. How are invertebrates classified into kingdoms, phylums, orders and species? How do they differ from vertebrates? Explore and classify invertebrates in the Aquarium’s freshwater and saltwater habitats. Class includes a squid dissection lab.

Sharks: The Untold Story (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Are all sharks big? Why do sharks have so many teeth? Do sharks eat people? We will debunk some myths about sharks and stingrays during this awesome adventure. Touch a stingray, see a shark jaw up-close and learn why sharks are an important part of the ocean ecosystem.

Species on the Brink: Saving Sharks (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Become a shark scientist and discover what adaptations make sharks special. What are dermal denticles? What exactly is electroreception? We will touch stingrays, study shark teeth and find out why so many shark species are endangered. Discover how our consumerism actions here in Cleveland can impact sharks miles away.

Life on the Reef (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Coral reefs are an important habitat in the ocean because they provide a home for so many different kinds of living things. We will find out if coral is a plant or an animal and discover so many other species along the way. Find out how we can live in an earth-friendly way to make sure coral reefs and their residents are protected.

Coral Reef Conservation (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Teeming with life, coral reefs are considered biodiversity hotspots. We will discover what coral is, how it eats, and how it builds reef structures. Learn what species thrive on coral reefs, why coral reefs are in jeopardy, and what we can do to ensure they are protected for future generations.

Career Days

Are you a middle school or high school homeschool student? Check out our Career Day programs.


Email or call 216.862.8803 x 7715.

Some programs presented in partnership with:

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District