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Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
Educational Programs

Connect students with science and enhance your field trip to Adventure Aquarium with an engaging education program. The Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium offers programs that inspire future conservationists while supporting your curriculum. To book a program for your class at the aquarium, call 800-616-JAWS (5297).

We are happy to collaborate with you on a custom program tailored to suit your students' needs. Contact us at learning@aquaticsciences.org or 856.361.1023 with questions or to arrange for a custom program.


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CLASSROOM LESSONS (30 minutes, up to 30 students and 3 chaperones)

STEM CURRENT EVENTS: WE ALL LIVE IN A WATERSHED (Grades 1-8)
From the Catskill Mountains to the Delaware Bay, the Delaware River Watershed shapes our habitat. This hands-on lab invites students to understand their watershed. Modified for each grade level, this program stresses how clean water conservation is essential for both people and animals.

PreK – Kindergarten

SEA SENSES
Review the five human senses, and compare and contrast them with the senses of ocean animals.

FABULOUS FISH
Become a “fish detective”, and investigate what makes a fish a fish.

ANIMAL WRAPPERS
Examine the diversity of feathers, scales, and fur across the animal kingdom with many touchable artifact examples.

Grades 1 - 2

PENGUIN FUN
Dive deeper into the world of penguins, exploring their feathers, food, and families! .  Please Note: This program does NOT include a live penguin.

WHAT'S YOUR HABITAT?
Survey the diversity of animal homes around the world by meeting live animal ambassadors and learning why their homes suit them perfectly.

LIFE ON THE REEF
Explore the colorful world of corals, and the relationships between animals that call the reef home.

SEA STEM LAB – OCEAN DEEP
This hands-on learning lab takes students on a voyage through the ocean’s layers to discover their properties and the animals who live there. Students will create their own ocean depth illustration.

Grades 3 - 4

FOOD WEB
Develop an ocean food web, and examine the relationships between predators and prey.

SHARKS!
Demystify the biology of shark teeth, shark species, and shark behavior.

SEA STEM LAB – OIL POLLUTION SOLUTION
In this hands-on learning lab, students will investigate the causes and effects of ocean pollution. Students will create a simulated oil spill, and experience the challenges of pollution cleanup.

Grades 5 - 8

ENDANGERED AT ADVENTURE
Learn about the ways in which animals become endangered, and how Adventure Aquarium cares for their most endangered animal ambassadors.

ADAPTATIONS: VERTEBRATES vs INVERTEBRATES
Meet live animal ambassadors, and compare and contrast the adaptations that vertebrates and invertebrates use to thrive in their habitats.

SEA STEM LAB – THE OCEAN PLASTIC PROBLEM
In this hands-on learning lab students will evaluate the role of plastics in their own lives, construct a timeline of plastic decomposition, evaluate the damage plastics do in the ocean environment, and brainstorm solutions for the problem of ocean plastics.

Grades 9 - 12

AQUARIUM CAREERS
Learn about the many STEM careers available at an aquarium, and the day-to-day routines and qualifications necessary to work with sharks, penguins, and turtles

SEA STEM LAB – AQUARIUM WATER QUALITY
In this hands-on learning lab, students will test water using equipment and chemical processes used by biologists at the aquarium to identify water samples collected from aquarium exhibits.

Special Needs

I AM A SEASTAR
Engage your senses and discover aquatic animals through imitation, vocalization, and movement, with plenty of sensory opportunities including animal artifacts. This program is for students who would prefer a less-structured, more imaginative animal lesson.

TERRIFIC TURTLES
Meet several live turtles while learning about turtle and tortoise behavior, food, and habitats. This structured program is for students interested in exploring a topic in depth.

AUDITORIUM PROGRAMS

CONSERVATION CHAMPIONS (Grades 1 – 4)
Meet some of our live animal ambassadors and discover the threats they face and the ways students can protect them and their habitats.

SHARKS: TRUTH OR FICTION (Grades 5 – 8)
Test your knowledge of shark biology and behavior in this interactive program that dispels common myths about sharks.

TOURS (Tours visit areas not open to the general public, and are not fully accessible. Tours require participants to climb one flight of stairs, and walk and stand on wet and uneven floors)

OCEAN REALM TOUR (Grades 3 and up)
30-minute tour focuses on sea turtle biology and conservation. Students go behind the scenes of the Ocean Realm Exhibit for a bird’s eye view of Adventure Aquarium’s resident sea turtles.

PREMIUM PROGRAMS
(Please Note: Premium Programs are NOT included in package pricing. Please contact 800-616-JAWS for pricing.)

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR (Grade 5 and up)
60-minute tour takes you behind the scenes for an in-depth look at the facilities and people that keep Adventure Aquarium running smoothly.

SQUID DISSECTION (Grade 6 and up)
60-minute program investigates the fascinating biology of octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. The dissection portion of the program (fresh squid dissection) can be done as a hands-on team activity, or as a demonstration.