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Today's Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

3rd-5th Grade

Explore some of the ocean's biggest and smallest inhabitants during programs that encourage students to see the ocean in a new way.

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Kid with hat holding sea turtle plush

Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

List of programs

Animal Exploration
Grades PreK-12

Get your hands wet in this 30-minute, educator-led animal exploration class.

After a brief introduction, students will touch and explore live tidepool animals, animal models, and biofacts.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Science and Engineering Practices
      • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
      • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
    • Cross Cutting Concepts
      • Patterns

Plankton Lab
Grades 3-8

Join us as we discover the fascinating world of plankton, the microscopic creatures of the ocean.

Through microscope exploration and hands-on activities, learners will reveal the diversity and importance of these organisms to ocean food webs.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Performance Expectations
      • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all
      • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
      • MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas
      • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
      • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    • Science and Engineering Practices
      • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
      • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
      • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
      • Developing and Using Models
    • Cross Cutting Concepts
      • Patterns
      • Structure and Function

Predator!
Grades 3-8

Ocean predators come in all shapes and sizes and use special adaptations for hunting.

Learners will use hands-on activities to investigate a variety of predators and their important roles in ocean food webs.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Performance Expectations
      • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all
      • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
      • MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas
      • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
      • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    • Science and Engineering Practices
      • Asking Questions and Defining Problems
      • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
      • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
      • Developing and Using Models
    • Cross Cutting Concepts
      • Patterns
      • Structure and Function

Sensational Sharks
Grades 3-8

Discover all that is sensational about sharks!

Learners will explore these fascinating animals, learning what sets sharks, a type of fish, apart from other fish in the ocean. Using live view from the aquarium shark webcams and artifact exploration, students will take a deep dive into the world of sharks, investigating their unique adaptations, including body structure, senses, and shark teeth.

  • Supports Next Generation Science Standards:
    • Performance Expectations
      • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all
      • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations
    • Science and Engineering Practices
      • Asking Questions
      • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
      • Constructing explanations
    • Disciplinary Core Ideas
      • LS4.C: Adaptation
      • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Field Trips to the Aquarium

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  • Provide opportunities to touch animals including sharks, sea stars, anemones, and more
  • Engage and excite students
  • Inspire awe in the Pacific Ocean and the animals that live there
  • Connect to classroom curriculum
  • Require advanced reservation