Let us bring marine science to you! Our trained educators offer a variety of hands-on programs and live animal experiences that will engage all learners, from toddlers to adults. Contact us for more information on our programs, or if you are ready to book an outreach program for your class, please complete the form below.


Outreach Program Request​​

Ashley Beerbroer
Outreach Coordinator
(757) 385-0330
ashlnbee@VirginiaAquarium.com

Travel fees:

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

​PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN

**Visit our Toddler Programs page for Virtual Programs for ages 2-3.**

  • 40 minute program (30 students)
  • $175/single program + Travel fees
  • $150/program (2 or more) + Travel fees
  • Program includes live animal, story, song, and interactive activities.
  • Programs available year round.
Mini Movers
*Live Animal Encounter
Your students will explore animal movement as they hop, crawl, and wiggle their way through this interactive program. Enjoy a story, song, games, and live animals.
Science SOLs: K.1, K.6, and K.7; English SOLs: K.1, K.2, and K.3

Slimy Science

*Live Animal Encounter
Make observations, take measurements, and explore science with the help of some slimy friends.
Science SOLs: K.1, K.2, K.4, and K.7

​T is for Turtle 
*Live Animal Encounter
Learn all about turtles through stories, games, and handso-on experiences.
Science SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.6, and K.7

Hermit Crab & Friends
*Live Animal Encounter
A live hermit crab and its invertebrate friends will visit your classroom to bring a story to life.
Science SOLs: K.1, K.6, and K.10; English SOLs: K.1, K.2, and K.3

MINI LABS (Grades 1-12)

  • 50 minute program
  • $200 single program + travel
  • $175/programs (2 or more) + travel
  • Programs are available from September - mid-June.
  • One class or 30 students per session​
​Sea Turtle from Egg to Adult (grades 1-2)
*Live Animal Encounter
Students will examine the world of sea turtles throuth hands-on activities and artifacts highlighting the life cycle of a sea turtle. Learn how the sea turtle has adapted to life in the ocean.
Science SOLs: 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8. 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, and 2.7

​​​Life in the Chesapeake Bay (grades 1-12)
*Live Animal Encounter
Come face to face with a sea snail, spider crab, and a hermit crab as your students get a hands-on lesson in Chesapeake Bay ecology focusing on adaptations, predator-prey relationships, and life needs.
Science SOLs: 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.5, and 2.8

Snail Science: Using the Scientific Method (grades 1-5)
*Live Animal Encounter
Take measurements, set-up experiments, and make predictions in the hands-on, live animal programfeaturing mud snails and whelks.
Science SOLs: 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, and 2.4

Out in the Ocean (grades 3-5)
*Live Animal Encounter
Learn about the features of the ocean floor, zones of life, and amazing adaptations for surviving in the deep, dark sea.
Science SOLs: 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, and 4.9

Wetlands and Watersheds (grades 4-9)
What’s a watershed? How do watersheds affect water quality? How do people impact watersheds? Find out through this hands-on program that highlights the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Science SOLs: 4.1, 4.5, and 4.9

Sea Turtle Rescue (grades 4-12)
Students play the role of marine scientist as they explore research techniques to help stranded marine animals.
Science SOLs: 3.1 and 4.1

Inside the Squid (grades 4-12)
*Live Animal Encounter
In this detailed dissection, students will discover how the squid has adapted to its environment by learning about its external and internal anatomy.
Science SOLs: 4.5 and 4.9

EXTENDED LABS (Grades 6-12)

  • 90 minute program (30 students)
  • $225/single program​ + travel
Invertebrates (grades 6-12)
*Live Animal Encounter
From sponges to echinoderms, get hands-on experience with a variety of invertebrates through artifact activities, live animal interactions, and dissections.
Science SOLs: 5.5, 5.6, and 6.1

FESTIVALS & EVENTS (K-12th) 

Touch Pools
Let the Aquarium bring marine science to your school fair or event. Your students and guests can touch live marine invertebrates and artifacts at our display booth and talk with our educators about ocean conservation.
  • $175 per hour + travel fee
  • 2 hour minimum
  • 5 hour maximum