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Outreach Programs

Ready for us to bring a trained educator with marine science fun to your classroom? Book an outreach program today!

Pricing & Duration*

  • 50 minutes
  • $200 one session, $175 for 2 or more sessions

*All programs have the same price and duration except for Pre-K through Kindergarten - see below.

Program Details

Add the following fees if your class is located in:

  • $0 Virginia Beach
  • $25 Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth
  • $45 Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, and Poquoson
  • $65 Williamsburg, Yorktown, Isle of Wight, Smithfield

Turtle Talk (Toddlers)

  • $150 for one session, $125 for two or more sessions
  • 20 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach, or Virtual

Use models and movement to help us learn the differences between sea turtles, land turtles, and aquatic turtles. Then we’ll learn how fun it can be to keep our oceans clean, and meet an animal ambassador!

ELDS and SOLs: ALP.1, ALP.3, CD.1, K.1, K.3, K.6, K.7, K.11

Turtle Talk (Pre-K - K)

  • $175 for one session, $150 for two or more sessions
  • 30 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach, or Virtual

Use models and movement to help us learn the differences between sea turtles, land turtles, and aquatic turtles. Then we’ll learn how fun it can be to keep our oceans clean, and meet an animal ambassador!
ELDS and SOLs: ALP.1, ALP.3, CD.1, K.1, K.3, K.6, K.7, K.11

Mini Movers

  • $175 for one session, $150 for two or more sessions
  • Pre-K – Kindergarten – 30 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

Get your students up and moving while they learn how different animals move and why some animals don’t need to move to survive! Then, get to know one of our Animal Ambassadors and see how they move!

ELDS and SOLs: ALP1.1, ALP3.1, CD1.1, CD4.1, HPD2.2, K.2, K.5, K.7

Sea Turtles from Egg to Adult

  • 1st – 3rd Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach, or Virtual

Learn how a turtle’s life begins and the dangers it faces to survive. We will play a fun game to explore its life cycle from nest to adult. We will also discuss conservation efforts and brainstorm ways that we can help sea turtles survive.

SOLs: 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4

Life in the Chesapeake Bay

  • 1st – 3rd Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

In this program we will learn about the Chesapeake Bay, and the important roles different organisms play in different estuarine habitats. Then, we will split into stations and learn about oysters, plankton, and build a creature perfectly designed for its habitat. Lastly, we will meet our live animal ambassador!

SOLs: 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8

Life in the Chesapeake Bay

  • 4th – 12th Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

In this program we will learn about the Chesapeake Bay, and the adaptations of the organisms that call the Bay home. We will split into stations, and dissect an oyster, investigate planktonic organisms, and build a food web. Then we’ll meet our live animal ambassador!

Sols: 4.2, 4.3, 4.7, 4.8, 5.6, 6.8, 6.9, LS.4, LS.5, LS.6, LS.7, LS.9, BIO.8

Out in the Ocean

  • 3rd – 4th Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach, Virtual, and Assembly

Go on an adventure through the zones of the ocean and observe changes in animal adaptations in each zone along the way! In this hands-on program, students will learn how ocean properties, animal adaptations, and ocean geology change with depth.

SOLs: 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.1, 4.3, 4.7, 4.8

Wandering Through the Watershed

  • 4th – 9th – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

Join us as we explore the many environments of the Chesapeake Bay watershed! Through interactive station activities, students will learn about the environments and processes that impact the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

SOLs: 4.1, 4.3, 4.7, 4.8, 5.8, 6.1, 6.6, 6.8, 6.9, LS.8, BIO.8, ES.8, ES.10

Sea Turtle Rescue

  • 4th – 12th Grade (Does not fit 5th grade SOLs) – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

Become a stranding technician with the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team! Get a hands-on look at what it takes to rescue a stranded sea turtle, and how we study deceased stranded sea turtles to help conservation efforts.

SOLs: 4.1, 4.3, 4.8, 6.1, 6.9, LS.9, BIO.8

Inside the Squid

  • 7th – 12th Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

In this program, we’ll investigate the classification of squid, looking at the defining characteristics of different phyla. We’ll learn about the adaptations and evolutionary changes of these phyla, and how their environments have changed over time. Lastly, we’ll dissect a squid, and observe these adaptations up close.

SOLs: LS. 3, LS. 7, LS.11, BIO.6, BIO.7

Our summer programs are fun adaptations of our school-year programs, designed for a wider range of ages and a larger audience. The listed range is the optimal age group for each program, but the content will be engaging for all ages!

Turtle Talk

  • Toddlers – Kindergarten – 30 Minutes

Use models and movement to help us learn the differences between sea turtles, land turtles, and aquatic turtles. Then we’ll learn how fun it can be to keep our oceans clean, play an alphabet game, and meet an animal ambassador!

Sea Turtles from Egg to Adult

  • Kindergarten – 3rd Grade – 50 Minutes

Learn how a turtle’s life begins and the dangers it faces to survive. We will play a fun game to explore its life cycle from nest to adult. We will also discuss conservation efforts and brainstorm ways that we can help sea turtles survive.

Adaptations

  • 3rd – 8th Grade – 50 Minutes

We’ll show you fascinating biofacts that help illustrate the adaptations of some animals that help them to move, find food, and protect themselves in a variety of ecosystems. At the end, we’ll bring out one of our Animal Ambassadors, and tell you all about the amazing adaptations they have.

Marine Mysteries

  • 4th – 12th Grade – 50 Minutes

Check out some bizarre biofacts and learn about some surprising facts about different marine animals! This program will definitely have you scratching your head!

Life Cycles

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

Join us on our journey through the life cycles of different animals. We’ll learn about sea turtles, butterflies, frogs, and more! At the end, meet an Animal Ambassador, and learn about its life cycle!

SOLs: K.7, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5

Compare and Contrast Animal Groups

  • 2nd – 4th Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

What makes a mammal a mammal? Do birds have fur? What’s the difference between a reptile and an amphibian? We’ll learn all this and more, and meet an Animal Ambassador!

SOLs: 2.5, 3.4, 4.3

Out in the Ocean

  • 3rd – 4th Grade – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach, Virtual, and Assembly

Go on an adventure through the zones of the ocean and observe changes in animal adaptations in each zone along the way! In this hands-on program, students will learn how ocean properties, animal adaptations, and ocean geology change with depth.

SOLs: 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.1, 4.3, 4.7, 4.8

Adaptations

  • 3rd – 8th Grade (Does not fit 5th grade SOLs) – 50 Minutes
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

We’ll show you fascinating biofacts that help illustrate the adaptations of some animals that help them thrive in a variety of ecosystems. At the end, we’ll bring out one of our Animal Ambassadors, and tell you all about the amazing adaptations they have.

SOLs: 3.4, 4.2, LS.7, LS.11, BIO.7,

Geology Rocks!

  • 5th grade (primarily)
  • Available: Onsite, Outreach

Rock cycle model, weathering and erosion and the effect on earth’s surface.

SOLs: 5.7, 5.8

Learning Objectives

Learn more about the SOL and Learning Objectives here.