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Our education staff has prepared some downloadable scavenger hunts for your students. These activity sheets with pre and post activities will enhance your Aquarium visit and learning experience.

General Aquarium Scavenger Hunts by Grade Level

Answer Keys

Scavenger Hunt design by A Flourish Design: Angela Gomez, Kelly Enquist, and Llanette Morgan.


Did you know we also have Chaperone Field Trip Guides available?

Learn more about securing financial support for field trips.

The Aquarium offers two programs to support your need for field trip funds. Check out the links below for our scholarship program and PTA Fundraising ideas:

The Aquarium also suggests these funding opportunities that have provided local teachers with the financial means they need to bring their students to the Aquarium.

Do you have a success story? Wanna share with other teachers? Email your story to [email protected]

Newly created standards-based.

Enhance Your Visit

The Aquarium is proud to introduce its newly created standards-based Chaperone Field Trip Guides. Each guide includes a grade-specific theme to connect your students to the animal collection, suggested exhibits to visit, background information for parents, guided questions to encourage conversation, and activities to keep your students actively learning. While they will be available when you check-in for your field trip, they are also available for download prior to your visit. We hope you enjoy using these materials to move your classes through the Aquarium, and connect them to your classroom curriculum.

Our Aquarium educators come to you

Aquarium on Wheels
Truck Display
FAQ
Pre/Post Materials

Feel a spiny sea star, touch a slippery sea cucumber or experience the rough textured skin of a shark. Dedicated to develop an appreciation for the wonders of the ocean environment, Aquarium on Wheels will deliver a memorable experience for all!

Introducing students to the world of marine science is a great way to bring enthusiasm into your classroom.

Let the Aquarium share some fun ideas for integrating the ocean into your science lessons throughout the year.

Lesson Plans, Chaperone Field Trip Guides and more!

We all know the challenges of coordinating a successful field trip experience. There’s the paperwork, the bus, the chaperones, the lunches and managing the students on-site. Maybe we can help!

We can help you make the most of your student’s time at the Aquarium. Through helpful hints and activities your students will be more engaged and more likely to connect the field trip experience with your curriculum back in the classroom.

Have a great idea of your own? We’d love for you to share your success stories with us! Let us help to connect you to the thousands of teachers that come on field trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Connect with Science on a Sphere Network
The Aquarium is proud to share its SOS programming with the network of museums and science centers able to use this technology. Teachers are also invited to use these films, lesson plans, datasets, and other resources available on the SOS Network website, including the Urban Ocean Film, funded by The Miller Foundation.

Ideas and Resources

Ideas and Resources

Aquarium on Wheels

Our Aquarium educators come to you. Feel a spiny sea star, touch a slippery sea cucumber or experience the rough textured skin of a shark.

Ideas and Resources

Chaperone Field Trip Guides

The Aquarium is proud to introduce its newly created standards-based Chaperone Field Trip Guides.

Ideas and Resources

Scavenger Hunts

Just print and go! Our education staff has prepared some downloadable scavenger hunts for your students.

Ideas and Resources

Funding Opportunities

Learn more about securing financial support for field trips.

Welcome to the Aquarium of the Pacific Teacher Resources site and NGSS informational page.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is ready to support your classroom curriculum with marine science related resources and is well positioned to support and train educators for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Education department has been working to identify, highlight, develop, and provide educators with programming and professional development opportunities that collectively contribute to the implementation of NGSS.

Within this site you will also find resources developed to bring the ocean and hands-on science into your classroom, as well as resources that will help you get the most out of your time during your field trip to the Aquarium.

We hope you keep coming back to see what new ideas and events we have to offer you.

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Aquarium Webcam Resource Kits

Data Focused Tools for the Classroom

Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), these inquiry-based kits encourage students to make observations using the Aquarium’s live streaming animal webcams. The Webcam Resource Kits include lesson plans, short educational videos, worksheets, and web-based activities and resources for K-8th grade students

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Southern California Whale Research Project App: Connecting People, Science, and Whales

Data Focused Tools for the Classroom

This data focused application allows students to manipulate and track historical data on whale sightings off the coast of Southern California

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Story Mapping and GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Data Focused Tools for the Classroom

Story maps have been created to help students explore data and study the natural world around them through spatial visualization. The Aquarium also provides students/teachers tutorials and samples that guide them on building individualized story maps.

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Interactive Video Conferencing Programs

Educational Programming

These standards based educator-led programs are taught live to classrooms nationally and internationally through videoconferencing technology.

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Onsite Educational Programs

Educational Programming

The Aquarium offers inquiry and standards based educational programs for preschool to college age students focused on marine science and climate change issues.

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Guest Lectures

Professional Development Opportunities

The Aquarium’s guest scientist lecture series provide an opportunity to connect teachers with current science. Lectures are broadcasted live and archived to the Aquarium’s website.

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Teacher Workshops

Professional Development Opportunities

The Education department offers a variety of teacher workshops through the year including workshops specifically focused on data-driven classroom programming, robotic exploration of our oceans and planet, and NGSS implementation. In addition, the Education department leads a grant-funded week long intensive introduction to the Aquarium, Southern California’s diverse ecosystems, and current research being conducted by local scientist.