College

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.
Behavioral Enrichment in Animals
The Aquarium of the Pacific uses enrichment for many of our animals, including our terrestrial program animals, marine mammals, and our Giant Pacific Octopus. Students participating in this program will learn the history and principles of behavioral enrichment as it relates to animal health at facilities like zoos and aquariums. There is recommended reading associated with this class. The Education Department is happy to forward a copy of the journal article prior to the date of the visit.
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.
Comparative Anatomy: Fish versus Squid Dissection
Fish and squid both live in the ocean, but how similar are they? Do they swim the same? Do they use the same organ to breath? The answers to these and many more questions can be found with a closer look inside. Make your first incision into the amazing world of aquatic anatomy by comparing a fish and a squid. Your students will discover the ins and outs of these interesting ocean animals in this hands-on dissection. Educators will lead students in a discussion on how different forms serve different functions.
Day Tours
One-hour, guided walking-tours of the Aquarium are available for small groups of college students accompanied by a faculty sponsor. These tours give students a chance to see highlights of form and function in ocean animals, through the eyes of one of our experienced tour guides. The tour also includes a brief, exclusive look behind the scenes at our outdoor quarantine and water filtration areas so that students can learn about closed-water systems. This experience is designed to provide students with an excellent starting point for the remainder of their self-guided visit.