Classes from colleges and universities are eligible for our low group rate when accompanied by an instructor. Instructors may choose to enrich their visit with worksheets to guide their students’ experience through our galleries. Themes include a cross-gallery examination of fin shape, swimming, and feeding behaviors. Programs may be customized to fit your needs.

Aquarium Overview
Discover the inner workings of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Students are introduced to the Aquarium’s three main galleries, followed by a presentation on animal care, water filtration, and how our exhibits compare to an open ocean system. This program allows students to make connections between our facility and the dynamic complexities in the Pacific Ocean.
Dissolved Oxygen Laboratory
Through this hands-on session, students will develop and test a hypothesis on dissolved oxygen and depth. Students will collect water samples, use the Winkler Titration method, and measure dissolved oxygen. Analysis of the data will engage the students in a discussion on factors that influence primary productivity as well as an overview on scientific research methods and descriptive statistical analyses.
Discover Earth | Grades 3-12
Take a new look at the water, weather, continents, currents, tsunamis, and hurricanes that make our Earth a dynamic system. With an Aquarium educator as a guide, your students will explore beautiful visualizations on the Aquarium’s six-foot spherical display called Science on a Sphere. Discover the wonders of our instrumented earth and the information we can use to learn more about our planet.
A Look Inside | Grades 5-12
How does a squid breathe? How many hearts do they have? The answers to these and more questions can be found with a closer look inside. Make your first incision into the amazing world of cephalopod taxonomy and anatomy. Your students will discover the ins and outs of the common market squid in this hands-on dissection.
SCIENCE STANDARDS: Biology/Life Sciences: 6c, e, g; 8b, d; 9a, g.
COMMON CORE: Language Standards Grades 5- 12: 6; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects Grades 6-12: 3.